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Question: 1 year old child coughing and throwing up for a week


 leongo - Fri Oct 14, 2005 7:33 am

My child suffers from a cold for the last month (runing nose) two weeks ago he was diagnosed with croops got so steroids and become much better couple of days later his cough become much worse (lungs clear etc).

for the last week he is waking up every night and start coughing until he is sick.

The doctors claim its just a virus and there is nothing we can do.

Can we help him some how? should we chase another opnion? The doctors in the UK are familiy doctors by default so he did not see any peditatric (need to scheduale appointment will take at least a month.....)

Can some one please advise?

Many Thanks
Leon
 Dr. Heba Ismail - Tue Oct 18, 2005 9:46 am

Your child obviously has a very irritant cough, and what is known as 'post-tussive vomiting' resulting from severe cough.
I don't see it as serious, and cough can be one of the most resistant symptoms to treat, sometimes taking up to a month to disappear.
You can try giving him plenty of warm drinks, avoid cough expectorant drugs as this would make his cough more irritant, and ask your doctor if he can prescribe a cough sedative drug to be taken at bedtime.

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