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September 1st, 2012, 06:06 AM
Join Date: Jun 2011
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A little back story on my question: My daughter is almost a year old and over the past 4-5 months she has been constantly sick with varies upper respiratory virus as well as Strep Throat repeatedly. We are in Australia so we have to deal with the public health care system here, which is slow, but we did find a really good dr that I like. He was finally able to clear up her last infection and suggested that asthma, particularly triggered by seasonal allergies may be her problem. We went back a few weeks ago and he officially diagnosed her with asthma and also gave us a referral to an ENT for her snoring and sleep apnea issues. They also started her on Nasonex at that point, as her nose remains stuffy and she has a terrible night time cough. ENT says she needs her adenoids and tonsils out but wants to wait a but longer since she is so young. Well that brings us to current, she is feeling great during the day, and only coughs if the wind hits her (a bit of an issue as we live right on the ocean and its always windy) during the day, but every night at 7p (dark), she starts coughing and the coughing leads to wheezing, and it goes on until about 8 the next morning, getting particularly bad about 5a. My husband and I have sat up with her now for weeks trying to help the coughing so she can sleep. It seems to be getting worse and the wheezing more frequent. Do I take her back to the dr or could this cough just be the leftover of her last upper respiratory infection (its been about 2 weeks since she started feeling better, and she finished Keflex about a week ago)? I don;t want her on medication that isn't needed, but we all need sleep soon!
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October 6th, 2012, 05:36 PM
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We just had out son, 19 months old, get our of the hospital after a SEVERE attack. He only had a cold, then it escalated within a few hours. PLEASE seek out better help. See a pulmonologist (lung Dr) not just a ENT. We were so scared, but now he is on a low dose inhaled medicine for the winter months to keep his airways open when colds and viruses come. We still have to work with the Dr and an allergist, but the Nasonex is not good enough. If your child as asthma, you need to get in under control before it's an emergency. It was so scary for us and I don't want to see your child go through that. No cold that lasts over a week, with wheezing, is "normal."
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