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Frequent, quick, soft coughs (not pertussis)

My 5-year-old has asthma that's generally well controlled with Advair and Albuterol inhalers. She sometimes has bad coughing attacks, but these are usually rough, loud coughs and treating it with Albuterol usually works very well.

About a week ago she started having quick, soft coughs about 2-4 seconds apart that are not like her previous coughing attacks. This shallow coughing doesn't seem to bother her much. She has no other cold symptoms. It's most noticeable when she's sitting still or being quiet.

Sometimes she will have a normal, louder cough after a series of these short coughs. If she tries to take a deep breath, she will have one or two normal coughs.

It doesn't seem to respond to Albuterol, at least not very much.

She has been vaccinated for pertussis and there is no whooping sound, so I'm fairly sure it's not whooping cough.

Any ideas?
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replied May 3rd, 2011
Hello and welcome to e health forum.

From the description of the symptoms, it seems that your kid might be having a bronchitis like symptoms, associated with inflammation of the upper respiratory tract.

This is a self limited condition, and will subside on its own.

In the mean time, steam inhalation will be helpful to soothen the throat and help in relieving the cough.

In case the symptoms do not subside, consulting a doctor, to rule out other conditions might be helpful.

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