Constantly congestion and cough

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PeppermintPatty's picture
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Constantly congestion and cough

Oh ladies,

Thanks for being there and letting me vent about this.... I am so tired of Moriah's constant viruses( as the doctor says they are) Seriously? She is healthy for 2 weeks and then bam, the congestion starts which turns into a horribly runny nose and that cough that wakes her up constantly, causes her to gag then puke. This time around, I haven't seen a fever in her but I am sure that is on it's way. Nevertheless, she is back on the nebulizer.

I am torn. I constantly hear it is normal that toddlers get about 10-12 of these viruses per year. But, why don't I remember this with my oldest daughter? She was in daycare for the first 3 years of her life. Moriah stays home with me.

She has had allergy testing and there wasn't any concerns there. She has tubes and hasn't had any ear infection since they were put in about a year ago.

I feel like this has been the story of my life lately and the only real thing I post about on here.

Bottom line: What would you do? Find a good ENT and have her re-tested for allergies or push for some asthma related tests? (The ped. has suspicions...)

Stephanie, I know you can relate to all this with what your little Vance has been going through! I hope he is doing ok!

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*LURKER*

I'm sorry your little one is so sick and I know how draining that can be on the entire family. My oldest has asthma and my youngest has RAD so I can sympathize. My suggestion is to see a Pulmonologist. There is no point in doing another allergy test right now because the results will likely be the same. The Pulmo won't be able to do any lung function tests because your little one is just too young to cooperate. But, perhaps he could start her on a daily maintenance med like QVar (which my youngest is on) or Flovent. We've seen major improvements since finding the right medications. Good luck to you and feel free to PM me if you have any questions.

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I think some kiddos are just stuffed up and some aren't. Its partly the way they are made physcially, and it partly has to do with immune system.

I think the idea is that daycare kids get sick more often because they are exposed to so many germs, which can be true, but I also think sometimes day/home care kids build up immunities to all that is out there. Liam has been in home care 9 months out of the year for both years of his life and with the exception of his big Spring cold and big Fall cold, he may get sick 1-2 other times a year! I do believe this has to do with all he is exposed to. Not to mention that I am around every germ that is out there while teaching and now DH is in the classroom consistently! Our house is just a nest of germs (sounds lovely right??!!)

but we wash hands 1000 times a day and do all the things we are supposed to and thats all you can do.

The informal test the dr did on Liam was to listen to his lungs. They were poppin' and cracklin' a little but enough for him to be concerned. They gave him an oral drug to open up the airways then 6 minutes of a nebulizer treatment. The doctor said if the lungs cleared up after this treatment it would most likely be viral infection/cold but if they were as bad as before the treatment or worse then it could be a sign of asthma!

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"PeppermintPatty" wrote:

Bottom line: What would you do? Find a good ENT and have her re-tested for allergies or push for some asthma related tests? (The ped. has suspicions...)

Stephanie, I know you can relate to all this with what your little Vance has been going through! I hope he is doing ok!

I'm sorry you are going through this too. I have the same problem with Vance. Fortunately after many respiratory infections they have finally diagnosed him with RADS and have him on a daily steriod for now but will be changing him to a daily maintenance medicine soon. It has helped tremendously and he is seriously a new kid now that he is taking daily treatments. He is breathing better, no more cough, no more nasty nose, sleeping better. We still have to worry about colds when he gets them but for now he is looking and sounding so much healthier. I would look into a possible RADS diagnosis and getting her on something daily to help. Vance also has tubes and got allergy tested, the tubes have helped turn him from a chronic ear infection to none in the past year and all of his allergy test also came back negative. She is too young for asthma test, trust me I understand the frustration because I wish Vance could get tested since we all also have suspicions. I hope you both get some relief soon, I understand how exhausting this all is. Please feel free to pm me if you want to talk some more. :bigarmhug: