My daughter has me worried............

@neelygal (1022)
Bahamas
March 28, 2008 3:37pm CST
My little girl has a really bad cough,that she had a few weeks ago but got rid of.Now she has it again.She is fine in the days but when night gets here its all over....she coughs and coughs almost all night.Sometimes she will couh until she pukes,which is very alarming for us.Because she is only 8 months old there is hardly anything I can give her.The vaporizer helps a little if I leave that on all night.The pediatrician says she is too young for medicines,Im at my wits end. Does anyone have any information that will help me know how to get this awful cough to go away.......
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12 responses
• United States
28 Mar 08
May I suggest a couple of things that may help. One I would ask your doctor if it is possible the baby has asthma. A cough at night, on a frequent basis, is one of the earliest symptoms for asthma. Second your baby is 8 months old, so I am assuming still taking formula. Try a soy based formula instead of a milk based one. Isomil is excellent and there are generic brands that are cheaper. Milk causes the phlegm to become thicker and worsen. I worked pediatrics for a number of years, and that was one of the first things the pediatrician did when they were admitted to the hospital, was limit milk based products. Last I dont remember at what age you are supposed to stop lying your child on their back, but placing him on his stomach or side, will help keep the post nasal drip from dripping down his throat and making him cough.
@neelygal (1022)
• Bahamas
28 Mar 08
Thanks for responding.She has just gone to her pediatrician who says everything is fine.She is drinking Isomil and has been since she was 1 month old beecause she was a preemie and it was all she could keep down.She also does sleep on her stomach.Thanks anyway though.
@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
29 Mar 08
I agree with melissaruth regarding the asthma issue. My son had coughing spouts on and off and mostly at night for months on end. First his doctor thought it was just part of a common cold, then it would get worse and he would get bronchitis. It happened twice during this winter, and then they thought it might be allergies. So more meds were given. That didn't do anything and the cough was still there. Then they thought maybe he has a slight case of asthma and prescribed an inhaler. He is so much better now and we managed to get rid of the cough altogether. Now and then he still has a little bit early in the morning but after taking his inhaler he's fine for the rest of the day.
• India
28 Mar 08
do you know tulsi...? give the juice for her just i tea spoon per every hour or couple of hours during nights dont allow her sleep under fan or air conditioner or what ever else may be. i think she's suffering from flum.if she brest feeding....keep her mom away from ice creams cool drinks and things which have sour taste. those really act on ur little one.write the vaporiser like vicks covering the chest part of your kid frontside and back and be sure of the warmth of the vapours surely with in a couple of days your kid will relieve. i pray for the health of your kid may god bless her take care of that little one all the best
• India
28 Mar 08
use syrups(instead of tablets) as per the advice of doctor
• Australia
29 Mar 08
my 2 boys did the same it turned out to be asthma as thay got older the coughing and throwing up stop except during winter thay are 15 and 16 now and have not showen sine for the larst 4/5 years thay were put on asthma medication witch helped. I all so found that the dryness of gass heating made it worse. As the heater was fan forced when it was running I would place a bole of water in a position that the fan would blow into it and the coughing did not seem to be as suaver witch stopped them from throwing up as much.
29 Mar 08
When mine were babies we had various tips about helping with coughing. One was to raise their head in the cot a bit and the other was to keep a damp towel in the room so the air doesn't dry out too much. I have found that glycerol medicine helps with a tickly cough and perhaps even a spot of milk might help once she is actually coughing. My sisters children coughed a lot at night and she was told that it was an asthma. They took medication for a while and the cough got better but when they stopped taking the medication the cough didn't return so she concluded that it got better on its own and they didnt have asthma after all.
• United States
29 Mar 08
I feel your pain, it is so hard when they are so little. I have a chronic cough myself and it gets worse at night and I am an adult. Please do NOT give her honey, honey is bad for babies and little kids. It can cause an infection. Go figure. Hugs for your little girl.
@tjades (3594)
• Jamaica
29 Mar 08
This sounds very similar to what I experienced with my nephew. The coughing was so constant and he would puke some mucus because of the constant coughing. I also hated very much the way he breathed. I was so worried. He was later diagnosed with asthma. I wonder if doctors are hesitant to diagnose babies with asthma. I fail to see how with all the visits it was not dianosed before it was, as my research as shown that my nephew exhibited all the tell tale signs. I tried my very best to keep the air in the room as warm as possible at all times and it did help sometimes allowing me to get a bit more rest. Sometimes I covered his head and put on some socks and basically did all I could to keep him warm. Seems I was on the right track as a friend told me not so long ago that she was asthmatic and so when one off her babies became asthmatic she kept him as warm as possible. My nephew also has eczema which the doctor told us was a first cousin to asthma.
• United States
29 Mar 08
My 4 year old daughter has had a cough off and on more on then off ever sense she started school. I tried everything under the sun to help her. Finally after a few visits to the doctors she suggested we try seeing about allergies. She did have some. However not nearly close enough to warrant the coughing so we are still trying things. So maybe ask her doctor about allergies. Of putting a humidifier in her room. Thats about all I can give ya. Hope she gets well soon.
@biwasaki (1745)
• United States
29 Mar 08
I was in the same situation with my daughter a few weeks ago (but mine is 3 years old). She had the same bad cough at night and coughing until she vomits. I took her to the doctor and he said that there really wasn't much I could do except put a dehumidifier in her room and let the cough run its course. He also said not to give her any cough medicine because that would suppress the cough and whatever is in her lungs will stay in there, which then turns into bronchitis or pneumonia. I know its a scary thing to go through, especially because as a parent there is nothing you can do to help except hold her and comfort her. But rest assured that it will go away eventually and she will be fine.
@schilds (410)
• United States
29 Mar 08
as long as there isn't something worse wrong then it's best to let her cough it out. Try taking her into a steamy shower it might help loosen everything up so she doesn't have to cough so hard to get it up. Or even put a towel or blanket over the vaporizor few a few minutes and sit in the steam with her for a few minutes. I went through the same thing with my daughter when she was about 6 months old. The vaporub stuff helps too.
• United States
28 Mar 08
dont worry she will be just fine.
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
28 Mar 08
Or it might be asthma. Wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest congestion. Coughing is worse at night. May also have allergies or a family history of asthma or allergies.
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
28 Mar 08
Don't you just feel awful when your little one is sick. My daughter had a stuffy nose for the first few months of her life. The doctor just kept saying she is fine and it will go away on its own. Well finally she got put on allergy medicine when she was 7 months old. She has seasonal allergies. It sounds like Croup to me. Does this describe her symptoms? -A deep cough that sounds like a bark; noisy, labored breathing; high-pitched noise on inhaling; cold symptoms. Frequently accompanied by a low fever. Often worse at night.