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Help! Daughter (3) non stop cough

We have been seeing a specialist for about 6 months now and we are no better off! My daughter who turns 3 in march started off with night coughs (so bad she would throw up). We went to specialist and have tried
Today started pulicort via neb
Albuterol via neb
-acid reflux meds
- liq steroids

Now any time she gets a cold she goes into a coughing fit like no last an hr-2 hrs. ..

What are we missing?! What else can we try?!
Please help!
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replied January 17th, 2013
Hello! Welcome on eHealth forum and hope you find a satisfactory answer to your query!

A cough that comes predominantly at night can be either due to gastric reflux or due to hiatal hernia. Only medications may not help. I don’t know what acid reflux medications she is taking, but she will need to take a combination of medications (under medical supervision) like a proton pump inhibitor such as omeprazole, lansoprazole or pantoprazole empty stomach in the morning and an antacid gel after meals or H-2 blocker such as ranitidine for complete relief.

Also some simple lifestyle changes will need to be made such as: Raise the head end of the bed by pillows to 30 degrees. Avoid lying down for least 2 hours after food. Avoid heavy meals and give frequent small meals.

Other than this, chronic cough can be due to sinusitis, post nasal drip, allergic bronchitis, asthma, dust allergy etc. Since a confirmed diagnosis cannot be given on net please consult your daughter’s treating doctor regarding this. Hope this helps. Take care!

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replied March 24th, 2013
Dear Momma2missB, Im 51 and been an asthmatic all of my life and have 2 children 25 and 7, both sufferers. This is what I have found personally apart from the medications prescribed by our GP. Watch for triggers, being weather changes, foods, winds, pollen etc. I have always maintained that I minimise dairy produts and NEVER allow dairy with any inkling of a cold. Both my daughters suffered from reflux,(from an acidic stomach) as did I until i was around 30. We have reduced this by reverting to an 80% alkaline diet and taking natural products to assist with the reduction of the amount of acid in the stomach. I have never actually put the acid (reflux) and the asthma as a hand in hand thing, but it could well be. I can tell you though that since reducing the acidic enviroment in our bodies the asthma attacks have reduced dramatically in that last winter we did not have any trips into the hospital emergency ward. Hope this helps.
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