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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: Sonya | 2004/10/23

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Cronic cough in toddler

Hi, I just wanted to know my 2year4month old boy has had this cough for the last months +/_. Its a cough that he has mainly at nigh, the cough(fits) builds up to the point where he throws up but mainly flem, and whiles he is coughing I can hear he is coughing flem mainly. I had hi, at a doc who said that he thinks it is a mild case of asmah, but I read up on it and no where did it say that the coughing causes the patient to throw up!
I then went to a another doc who diagnosed him for a virus that gives the same symptoms as whooping cough. He was given cortisone, and antibiotics, he did not chough for a week, and now he had the coughing fits again for the lat 2/3 days, but now he only coughs the flem and then swallows it, he is not throwing up. Dose this diagnosis sound correct and how long dose such a virus last.
I feel so hopeless as I cannot do much for him but give him flemeas and pat his back!

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

At this age it can be very difficult to seperate the two diagnoses, but a viral infection would be far more common. After a severe viral bronchitis the airways may take 4-6 weeks to recover and remain "fragile" for many months. The most important thing is that your child is not exposed to cigarette smoke and that recurrent infections are prevented if possible. There should not be any long lasting effects.

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Posted by: Nancy | 2004/10/25

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