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my little boy is 4..we use to have to go back and forth to dr..said he had asthma..has been on albeuteral and steroids for a while until last oct..drs didn't see any improvement so took him off completelt..has been so much better...still coughs..gags alot to the point of throwing up and at night breathes fast...would like suggestions
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replied February 22nd, 2012
Hello and welcome to e health forum.

The cause of a persistent cough in a young kid can include asthma, infective bronchitis or bronchiolitis.

In conditions, like viral infections induced colds and coughs, inflammation of the respiratory ‎tract and production of mucus, causes irritation of the airway, and hence results in cough. ‎

In young kids, with asthma, superimposed viral infections (especially during winters), worsen the ‎symptoms, and can complicate recovery. ‎

Inhalers contain different type of medications. Bronchodilators (Albuterol) help to improve the ‎breathing, and not necessarily to reduce cough. Steroids reduce the ‎inflammation and hence reduces the hyperreactivity of the airway. ‎

The recovery in such conditions will take a still longer time, which is needed for healing of the ‎respiratory mucosa affected. In the mean time, Inhalers, anti inflammatory medications, and ‎other supportive measures will need to be continued to help control the symptoms.‎

Here are some tips to help your child's cough and cold symptoms:‎

‎1. Lots of fluids to thin out the mucus that builds up during the cold virus infection so that it is easier to ‎clear out. Try chicken soup, tea, broth, or clear liquids.‎

‎2. A cool mist humidifier - It can help with the discomfort of a scratchy throat, but make sure to clean it ‎frequently. ‎

‎3. Steam: Turn on the hot water in the bathroom and let your child breathe the warm steam for 10 ‎minutes to help relieve congestion. Just be careful of little hands near hot water.‎

‎4. Saline nasal wash: A salt water wash to clean out the nose is particularly helpful in infants, who can't ‎blow their noses. Drops are placed in each nostril and a suction bulb pulls mucus out of the nose. Be ‎sure to sterilize between uses. Saline nasal spray may also relieve stuffiness for older children.‎

‎5. Honey can help Kids older than 1 year to prevent cough. It helps children sleep without coughing all ‎night.‎

‎6. Get your kid to wash their hands frequently, encourage them to cough into their sleeve or elbow, ‎and make sure they get plenty of rest.‎
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You might consider to consult your kids pediatrician for an examination if the symptoms worsen.‎





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replied February 22nd, 2012
Hello and welcome to e health forum.

The cause of a persistent cough in a young kid can include asthma, infective bronchitis or bronchiolitis.

In conditions, like viral infections induced colds and coughs, inflammation of the respiratory ‎tract and production of mucus, causes irritation of the airway, and hence results in cough. ‎

In young kids, with asthma, superimposed viral infections (especially during winters), worsen the ‎symptoms, and can complicate recovery. ‎

Inhalers contain different type of medications. Bronchodilators (Albuterol) help to improve the ‎breathing, and not necessarily to reduce cough. Steroids reduce the ‎inflammation and hence reduces the hyperreactivity of the airway. ‎

The recovery in such conditions will take a still longer time, which is needed for healing of the ‎respiratory mucosa affected. In the mean time, Inhalers, anti inflammatory medications, and ‎other supportive measures will need to be continued to help control the symptoms.‎

Here are some tips to help your child's cough and cold symptoms:‎

‎1. Lots of fluids to thin out the mucus that builds up during the cold virus infection so that it is easier to ‎clear out. Try chicken soup, tea, broth, or clear liquids.‎

‎2. A cool mist humidifier - It can help with the discomfort of a scratchy throat, but make sure to clean it ‎frequently. ‎

‎3. Steam: Turn on the hot water in the bathroom and let your child breathe the warm steam for 10 ‎minutes to help relieve congestion. Just be careful of little hands near hot water.‎

‎4. Saline nasal wash: A salt water wash to clean out the nose is particularly helpful in infants, who can't ‎blow their noses. Drops are placed in each nostril and a suction bulb pulls mucus out of the nose. Be ‎sure to sterilize between uses. Saline nasal spray may also relieve stuffiness for older children.‎

‎5. Honey can help Kids older than 1 year to prevent cough. It helps children sleep without coughing all ‎night.‎

‎6. Get your kid to wash their hands frequently, encourage them to cough into their sleeve or elbow, ‎and make sure they get plenty of rest.‎
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You might consider to consult your kids pediatrician for an examination if the symptoms worsen.‎





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