For the last month my 7 month old has had a persistent cough that has bothered him. Now while he hasn't had a fever that coughing has been a real pain and it started disrupting his sleep pattern. I've been taking him to his doctor's office for what feels like every week since the cough started. I'd like to think that I know my child, and when he started coughing I knew something was wrong. It wasn't allergies or a cold. His doc kept saying its fine, just keep cleaning his nose and doing steam showers with him in the bathroom to open up his airways. So when it got worse this past weekend I took him back to the doctor and saw a different one in the practice and he confirmed that my son had an ear infection and that he heard slight wheezing in his cough. Now, I have asthma and come from a long line of asthmatics. My husband's family, too, has asthma. It's my longstanding fear that my children will have it too. I've mentioned this every visit with my son's regular doctor and she kept telling us that she didn't hear wheezing. Now while it isn't severe, it's still there. And with the humidity in New York City and with air pollution that only serves to trigger asthma attacks. What REALLY upset me was that this doctor kept blowing us off, and it took 3-4 visits to see someone who would listen! Did I see my child in distress? No. But he's only 7 months and he can't speak for himself, and so each visit I kept insisting that I knew it was something more than just a regular cough (what does that mean anyway??) and here he is with an ear infection and what could possibly be the early signs of asthma. I hate that part of me felt vindicated, that I know my baby and his moods and he doesn't wake up coughing for lack of a better thing to do. I'm switching doctors in the practice and no longer seeing his former doctor. I had to rant. I'm guilty of listening to one doctor and thinking their word is law, but in this case I knew it wasn't standard. I'm just upset that my poor little man has had this cough for an entire month now!View Thread
My little man is 6 months old and just got over having the roseola virus. His fever broke last week, and when I thought he was getting better suddenly this cough develops. He started coughing lightly but then now its turned into a productive cough where he's coughing up phlegm. At first it was clear but now it's yellowish green. Other than the cough he doesn't seem to be running a temperature, but it is worrying me because it's disrupting his sleep at night. He gives me these helpless looks and I want to cry while I soothe him because there's nothing I can do. The coughing is not constant but it's occurred a few times a day since about Thursday, and whenever he sneezes he sneezes out mucus. My poor baby is having a time of it and keeps crying when I clean his nose. I've been using saline solution and suctioning out the mucus to help him breathe. I tried doing a steam shower one particularly bad night but I have asthma and can't stay in there for long. He's okay otherwise, but that cough scares me!
I'm waiting for the doctor to call me back to give me her advice, but I wanted to hear other opinions.
I just thought of something. (a bit late too). There is construction going on behind my building and although the windows we have facing the site are closing and covered with a tarp they hung from the roof of the building down to the sidewalk, we still get dust from the work being done. I wonder if my little man is reacting to that mess?? Ugh I wouldn't be surprised. He's still coughing badly at night and I think that wretched construction isn't helping.View Thread
my son had trouble with gas too when he was about a month. I used Mylicon at least 3 times a day and kept him sitting up at least for 30 mins after his bottle, that way it would be less uncomfortable for him as he digested and the gas came up easier.View Thread