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Old 06-10-2004, 07:11 PM   #1
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My daughter has a terrible cough

Hi,
My 6 yr old has a terrible cough she has had now for 5 weeks. Its very loose but when she gets a coughing spell she turns beet red and gags up stuff, she has had no fever, no runny nose, plays and eats normal. I took her to the pediatrician and he sent her for X rays of her chest and nasal area, they all came back clear. I have a friend with 3 children with the same cough, what is this? Has anyone else had a child with this?
The pediatrician wants her to do nebulizer treatments, 12 hours apart and another 6 hours apart, and do a decongestant. Does anyone know if nebulizer treatments have any side effects?
The coughing got worse in week 3 or 4 and its a bit better now as far as how often she coughs, but she still coughs a lot at night and after she eats.
Any suggestions?

 
Old 06-11-2004, 08:17 AM   #2
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Re: My daughter has a terrible cough

Not really bad side effects of nebulizer treatments it depends on what he is giving her. Most likely albuterol then it would be the same side effects as an inhaler mostly that is usually in some kids can make then a little hyper for a while as it is a steroid. If your dr suggests this I would do it especially when she has a coughing fit as this will help really well. Albuterol is the same med they give people with asthma using a nebulizer instead of an inhaler just has quicker response and more effective in young child as they have a hard time with regular inhaler and have to use a special mask with it. As for the cough it is hard to say what it is probably a virus they have passed between the kids if it is taking so long to get over they may just be passing it back and forth. Good luck with your little girl I hope she feels better soon.

 
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Re: My daughter has a terrible cough

Thanks for the input.
I had scribbled down on a piece of paper the stuff that the nurse said when she called, I found that paper, not sure about the spelling of these but she said Zerbunex every 6 hours and Thermocort every 12 hours. Have you ever heard of either of those, and as I said I may not have the names quite right.
My friend that has 3 kids with it said one is doing better and the other two are doing worse.

Byt he way, my son had it also, but his lasted for about a week and never got to the point of gagging, just a loose cough.

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Old 06-11-2004, 12:22 PM   #4
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Re: My daughter has a terrible cough

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Thanks for the input.
I had scribbled down on a piece of paper the stuff that the nurse said when she called, I found that paper, not sure about the spelling of these but she said Zerbunex every 6 hours and Thermocort every 12 hours. Have you ever heard of either of those, and as I said I may not have the names quite right.
My friend that has 3 kids with it said one is doing better and the other two are doing worse.

Byt he way, my son had it also, but his lasted for about a week and never got to the point of gagging, just a loose cough.
I've never heard of either of those, but maybe you mean Xopenex and Pulmicort?

Pulmicort is an inhaled steroid that reduces inflammation in the bronchi. It's not dangerous, in fact, it's one of the safest inhaled steroids for children. Make sure she rinses her mouth out after each treatment with this medication - inhaled steroids are notorious for causing thrush. This med is meant to be taken regularly and does not work for acute attacks of asthma.

Xopenex is a bronchodilator, meaning that it opens up the bronchi during an acute attack of asthma (or coughing.) This is what to use if your daughter is coughing a lot (or every 4-6 hours, whichever the doctor said. It works relaxing the bronchial smooth muscle; the unrelaxed muscle in the bronchi is what provokes the coughing.

Basically, the doctor thinks it's asthma. Do the meds work alright?
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