My 8yr old daughter started getting croup when she was about 4. Very obvious what it was. she gets it a couple times every winter. Last winter, she started coughing - not the croupy sound - but a loud barking cough that went on constantly.. I mean every 10 seconds she would cough-cough-cough. I took her to the doctor because apart from being tired from coughing, she seemed okay. The clinic doc gave me an inhaler and honestly, he was a lost person - I got nothing from the visit with him. that's another topic!!! haha. Anyway, she went on the puffer and it all eventually cleared up.
now, almost a year ago, she is coughing again. It's constant and, honestly, it is driving me insane listening to it. if she does anything, she starts to cough again - yet says she feels fine otherwise. Of course this all happens on the weekend so i can't make an appointment with the doctor and i would prefer not to do a walk-in clinic for this.
she has had no wheezing or coughing during the year and i am wondering if asthma can just come on when a person is sick with a bronchial type bug... It's frustrating because i know if i were to whip her to the clinic, the fresh air will clear her up and i look like an over protective mom. a
Hello and thank you for posting your medical question on E health Forum. I am glad I can help you here.
From the history provided it seems that your daughter has seasonal bronchitis.
Bronchitis, a infection of the upper airways of the lungs (bronchi), It is common in winter and often develops following a cold, sore throat or flu.
The main symptom of bronchitis is a cough, which may bring up yellow-grey mucus. Bronchitis may also cause a sore throat, wheezing and a blocked nose
There are some things you can do at home to lessen the severity of symptoms:
1. Over the counter medications can help pain, fever and cough
2. A humidifier can help break up mucus
3. Give her lots of fluids - to prevent dehydration.
4. Make sure she gets plenty of rest
5. Keep her away from tobacco smoke
Bronchitis is usually a mild and self-limiting condition which clears up spontaneously within a week.
But if symptoms worsen, i.e. shortness of breath, or a fever that lasts more than four or five days, you might consider consulting a doctor who can prescribe antibiotics.
Thank you for your reply. the coughing got so bad last night that I took her to emergency. the doctor said exactly what you said, bronchitis, but after waiting 5 hours and it was after midnight, i asked him if he would humor my overprotective mommy instincts and give her a chest xray.
he came down the hall 20 minutes later and said, 'i should learn to listen to mommies, they are always right." she has pneumonia. got a presciption and some codene and she slept the night without any coughing fits.
thanks for your advise... muchly appreciated.
hi there my son is going to be 6 in March. He has numerous events of broncitis and pneumonia. He has had it were his oxygen in his blood has dropped really low. he has had the inhalers for ever and on our visit to a walkin clinic the dr. told me that its asthma. He had the weezing the barking cough. He said he should be on the orange inhaler 2 aday always and the blue for when he is sick and when he needs it. please help can they do a test to confirm?
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