Childhood Diseases

Posted by: leigh | 2007/10/24


toddlers with post nasal drip

Hi Doctor!
I have a 2 and a 3 year old and both have what the clinic sister at the pharmacy says is a post nasal drip. It is really strange because during the day they seem absolutely fine and have no temp or any indication that they are sick but at night they cough the whole night through.(and also no temp) I gave them both betanoid and zetofen but have finished both bottles with no results. The sister at out pharmacy insists that it isnt in their chest but at night they sound awful. Last night my 2 year old coughed so much that she vomited but today she has been absolutely fine and hasnt coughed at all. We have never had anything like this before and i am not quite sure how to treat them?This has been like this for nearly three weeks.
I raise their beds at night by putting pillows under their mattresses.Even that doesnt seem to help. Please tell me what i should give them.
Are they allowed to swim. They have swimming lessons twice a week and they have missed the last two weeks lessons. Can they go or not and also can they go to the beach and play with friends or must they stay at home in bed.

Thanks for your help

Expert's Reply



This does not sound like a post nasal drip at all but more like they both have whooping cough. Please do not give your children very strong cortisone medicines such as Betanoid which will do no good and only produce side effects. Actually no medicines really help for the cough of whooping cough, but you can try giving them each Aterax syruo which is a very safe antihistamine syrup 2.5ml at night for your 2 year old and 5ml at night for your 3 year old, speak to your pharmacist about this medicine. The cough can go on for 3 months in many cases but you will find that the Aterax syrup will help a lot.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2014/06/16

Hi Doctor. I have a five year old son who was diagnosed, at three, with bronchitis pneumonia. He was also exposed to an adult who was suspected of TB round about the same time. He was given a pump with berotec 100HFA spray for his wheezing. After a year with no incident, February this year he started having flu symptoms every second week. this would last a week and a half. Symptoms generally are mucous changing color from green to watery, excessive coughing especially at night, temperature not above 39 degrees, difficulty breathing. Each time this flu would start with him having watery red eyes. I took him to a specialist and he was diagnosed with post nasal drip and given medication. I gave him the meds for about a week and two days and thereafter had to stop for two weeks. The specialist ha advised tha the meds must be taken contentiously but I had to stop giving him at the time. I only continued in June but the flu has started up again. Should I go back to the specialist or continue with his meds and see.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2014/06/09

Hi doctor, my son is 2 years and 2 months he has a very badly blocked nose and a cough when lying down I have a bottle of berotec mixed with betanoid, which my gp prescribed but now after reading your comment above I am afraid to give it to my boy Whould it be safe our should I rather consult another doctor? Kind Regards

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Posted by: mom24 | 2008/03/12

What is betanoid syrup used for

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Posted by: coco | 2007/10/26

what milk are they drinking?

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