Posted by: Robza | 2004/10/26


Coughing in toddler

My 26 month old daughter is having regular fits of cough. It all started when she first went to creche in June, at 22 months. Doctors said the cough was symptomic with winter colds and flu. They also asseted the child was battling to adjust to life at creche, where she frequently came into contact with other sick children. Between June and August, the cough would come and go. For a brief period, in September, she was fine. But alas, the cough came back. It occurs in the early hours of the morning, particularly when the child feeds, she likes feeding at night. The cough rate is 3-4 days a week. I also get fits of chronic cough, every year, but only in winter. I'm worried that my child's problem cough may be hereditary. I have taken the child for tests, but doctors, three of them, say there is nothing to worry about. They tell me the creche is the biggest culprit, and that the child will adjust. The child is of excellent health though. I am rather edgy abt the situation, by now i would have expected the child to be fully adjusted to life at the creche. Pls, could i further advice, if any. Thanks.

Expert's Reply



The most important fact is that your child is otherwise healthy and thriving, and that the cough disappears in between episodes. Children who attend chreche often get recurrent viral infections and these infections may remain common, especially in the first year of attendance. It is usually worse in winter when more respiratory virusses are about.

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Posted by: dr anonymous | 2004/10/31

You ought to see a paediatrician.
Your child might be suffering from asthma...a very difficult diagnosis to make at 26 mo.

Ask your paed about asthma.

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