Daughter Coughing Alot..any Ideas

Lounge By Kiddiekakes Updated 2 Sep 2011 , 12:51am by Kiddiekakes

Kiddiekakes Posted 31 Aug 2011 , 2:03pm
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My 8 yr old daughter had her tonsils and adnoids out last December..She is 200% better as her tonsils were the size of large marbles and she could hardly breath.Anyways...since then she coughs alot..especially when eating cold items like ice cream or Mr Freezies...the cold air outside also makes her cough..I ask her repeadily if her throat is sore etc but she says it feels like there is phlem in there and it tickles like a feather is tickling her throat..thus the coughing...She isn't sick or anything just alot of coughing..I don't want to take her back to the specialist as they may put her on steroids or something and she already is pudgy and over weight so I don't want that...hubby says it's nothing..but the constant hacking drives me..LOL

anyone here heard of this..Any ideas...what was it..what should I do...

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TexasSugar Posted 31 Aug 2011 , 2:11pm
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Call the doctor and ask if it is normal and what can be done.

SweetSuzieQ Posted 31 Aug 2011 , 2:14pm
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This is not something you want to self diagnose. A chronic cough could be because of a wide range of things but, should not be left unchecked. Cold air can cause Asthma to act up, infections, allergy, etc. If you don't want to go directly to the specialist, a visit to your family doctor would be best and, he can do an initial work up/tests and, refer you back to the specialist if need be as it may not even be related to the surgery.

Kiddiekakes Posted 31 Aug 2011 , 2:24pm
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Thanks everyone..I think I will make an appointment for her...

dldbrou Posted 31 Aug 2011 , 2:33pm
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Sounds like allergies. It could be a milk allergy that is causing too much phlem or another type of allergy. I wold have a blood test for allergies to rule out some of the possibilities.

KathysCC Posted 31 Aug 2011 , 2:34pm
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I would definitely see a doctor about this first. But here is something that worked for us. My daughter would cough at night in the winter months. Don't know if it was the dryer air or just drainage but she would cough all night long. I didn't want to keep her on the prescription cough medicines constantly so I went to the health food store and got an elixir that had a mixture of things like licorice and cherry tree bark along with about 10 other ingredients. It came in a little bottle and you use something like 5 drops in a glass of juice. After months of coughing it worked!

But please take her to a doctor just to make sure nothing else is wrong first.

Texas_Rose Posted 31 Aug 2011 , 3:59pm
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Sometimes coughing is a symptom of asthma, even if there's no wheezing present.

I'm glad you're taking her to a doctor.

In the meantime, try a cool mist humidifier in her room when she's sleeping.

And don't worry so much about her being overweight, she's right at that age where she's going to get taller soon and the weight will be better distributed.

mocakes Posted 1 Sep 2011 , 10:06pm
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I agree with Texas Rose....my 8 year old was diagnosed two years ago with asthma. She was a chronic cougher. After two weeks on an inhaler, we could tell a drastic difference.

Funny thing is, now that she doesn't cough anymore...when we watch old videos of her, we notice just how bad and how much she was always coughing.

Good luck!

Kiddiekakes Posted 1 Sep 2011 , 10:24pm
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Thanks everyone..I am going to take her to out family Dr..I am just so hesitant about steroid inhalers...she is quite pudgy and I really don't want to pack on anymore weight on her...I've heard and seen terrible weight gain on people who use steroids...

mocakes Posted 1 Sep 2011 , 11:20pm
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My daughter is 8 and she didn't gain any weight at all using her inhalers. She started out on Advair and was able to decrease her dose and they switched her to Flovent.

When she gets a cold we have to go back to the high dose of Advair and do her nebulizer treatments...but again, she never gained any weight.

Not sure if other inhalers make you gain weight but we've had a great experience with Advair and Flovent.

Kiddiekakes Posted 1 Sep 2011 , 11:35pm
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Thanks Mocakes..That is good to know and a relief...My 8 yr old is 92 lbs and I have been trying to keep a watchful eye on her eating for the last 2 years..I have heard from so many people that steroids are no good..My FIL is a pharmacist and says the same thing so I guess that is where I get my concern from...

Texas_Rose Posted 2 Sep 2011 , 12:11am
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Originally Posted by Kiddiekakes

Thanks everyone..I am going to take her to out family Dr..I am just so hesitant about steroid inhalers...she is quite pudgy and I really don't want to pack on anymore weight on her...I've heard and seen terrible weight gain on people who use steroids...

You can die from uncontrolled asthma though, if that's what it is. I know you just want the best for your daughter and it's true that going through life with extra weight is not easy, physically or emotionally, but get the breathing issue figured out and then find some exercise for her.

My daughter is 9 and she weighs 88 lbs and our doc says that's a good weight for her...she was kind of squishy around the middle and then she grew a couple of inches and everything smoothed out. She and I spent the summer evenings riding our bikes everywhere we could and we can both tell a difference in our bodies and feeling of general well-being from the exercise. If you find an exercise you can do with your daughter (and tell her she's doing it to keep you company, not because she's fat and needs to slim down), it will be easier for her to stick with it.

Kiddiekakes Posted 2 Sep 2011 , 12:51am
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Thanks Texas....I try not to ever call her fat.. icon_wink.gif she too is squishy in the middle.I am hoping she will grow and thin out also..I am all of 4'11 so I understand what short and fat means...LOL

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