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    Default DD is STILL coughing.

    I think she has croup again but it could be asthma, sinuses, hay fever, dust allergy etc etc I just wish I could get some straight answers.

    She's had a cough for 6 weeks now.

    2 weeks ago her GP said she had a sinus infection and gave her a course of antibiotics.

    It's been over a week since she finished the antibiotics, and the coughs gotten worse.

    Last night she coughed from 8pm till midnight, then started crying so I gave her kids chesty cough syrup. That took about 45 min to kick in an she was asleep by 1am but the cough returned by 5am.

    Im tired. She's getting very upset too. We've got another appointment this afternoon & I just hope the GP has something better for us. Poor thing.

    DO you think a ENT might be able to help us? She does have ear problems so we need to get that looked at anyway. GP also thinks she has hay fever. All her cousins have asthma so I think there's a chance she has that.

    This is probably the 5th-6th time she's had croup, she's had 3 sinus infections (so bad musus comes out her eyes) and ear problems to top it all off.

    Are there any tests for dust/pollen allergies?

    GPs convinced she doesn't have asthma (no weezing) but she's had 3 asthma attacks (that's what I call them anyway) where she coughs & can't breath. All 3 times she's been hospitalized with no explanation/diagnoses.

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    My DD is still very young so no experience to pass on, but a story about my younger sister... at 6mo she was hospitalised with cough and breathing difficulties. My mother was a foster carer and my foster sister had severe asthma. Mum thought it was asthma but the doctors kept saying no, its croup, its meningicocal, its this its that etc... three weeks later shed lost a heap of weight, had three tests for meningicocal, big needle in her spine, all inconclusive.
    One night an old nurse was on her ward. She looked at DD and put asthma meds in her drip and face mask. She was looking better within the hour.
    The next morning the doctors diagnosed her with asthma. IME if you believe it is asthma, keep pushing for it. Some children don't display the 'usual' signs and it can go undiagnosed.
    Hope you get a resolution soon

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    Default DD is STILL coughing.

    Id suggest going to see a paed respiratory dr. A few drs thought my dd had asthma and attempted to treat her for it. But nothing really worked. So we finally saw a respiratory specialist and diagnosed her with PBB. A 3 month course of antibiotics and she was fixed. Until winter came and she got croup multiple times. There is an awesome AB Zithromicin which my kids works awesome on chest/ ear infections. A lot of resp dr will also do allergy tests for you too. Good luck

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    Default DD is STILL coughing.

    Thankyou, GP gave us steroids again which did work but DD still coughed all night (but not continuesly/she could actually catch her breath)

    She seems a bit better today after 2nd dose but we'll wait and see how she goes at nap time.

    She's organising the ENT for us too.

    I've never heard of a Paed resp dr. Will my GP be able to refer us or will the ENT refer us if nessessery?

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    I have recently gotten over a hella bad cough. GP gave me antibiotics whch I refused to take because I knew it wasnt an infection. So after weeks and weeks of coughing and damaging myself I finally got an preventative inhaler thingo and it worked like a charm.

    I have no history of astma although as a child I remember I had the preventative ONCE. The doctor seriously took maybe 2 months of this bad cough to finally give me the thing but I wish he had from the start because it would of saved so much pain.

    Hope your baby gets better quick. Its not nice at all.

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    Default Re: DD is STILL coughing.

    Unfortunately a lot of GPs are just rubbish with this stuff. Get a referral to a respiratory specialist as well as the ENT. My son has asthma, enlarged tonsils and adenoids and hayfever. It's been a total nightmare getting all his issues correctly diagnosed and fixed.

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    Default DD is STILL coughing.

    Both gp and ENT can refer you to a respiratory specialist. Definitely recommend it. If your from Sydney I can recommend someone.

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    Default DD is STILL coughing.

    Definitely get checked by an ENT. DD got a virus at the beginning of winter and even when that finished she couldn't get rid of the cough. The GP told me over the course of 3 visits to just 'ride it out'. Meanwhile DD was getting NO sleep. She went to her ENT for a check up on her grommets and he said she had enlarged adenoids and this causes coughing, recurrent sickness etc. She's just had adenoids removed and already seems better than she has in months! So many kids at the hospital with the same issue. Worth an investigation. Hope they sort it out quickly.

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    Has she had a whooping cough swab yet?

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    Default DD is STILL coughing.

    Thanks everyone it is a bit confusing sorry.

    Referral to ENT was due to some hearing test she had done earlier in the year (2 tests spaced 3 months apart) and she has blocked drainage tubes (forgotten the name) in both ears/probably needs grommets.

    But at first GPs app after first hearing test GP said she thinks DD has hayfever (she's almost always got a runny nose, dry cough & sometimes watery eyes too & this can block ear drainage tubes) so tried her on nasal spray.

    Then 2nd hearing test 3 months later & Still no improvement at all.

    It's taken us a bit to get back to the GPs the 2nd time round (I've been struggling with depression anxiety) for ENT referral.

    DDs had a cough for 6 weeks now. Started as just an annoying dry cough she always has on & off but was getting progressively worse.

    Then two weeks ago and I took her to the GP (not her GP, just local drop in clinic around corner) she was sniffly but had gunk comming out of her eyes (like last two times she had a sinus infection) & sure enough she had a sinus infection & was on AB for a week & the cough has gotten progressively worse still.

    So the other night when she was up all night, after AB, I decided to take her doctors the next day (her actual GP) who said she has croup again & has given her steroids, but it doesn't sound like they are working.

    She had some last night & this morning & I've also given her cough syrup an hour & a half ago and she's in bed right now still coughing away..

    She hasn't been tested for whooping cough but she is vaxxed AND has had whopping cough so I highly doubt she has it again.

    It sounds like her croup cough. Now I'm confused. Shes kind of gagging while trying to cough too.

    I'm just wondering if we need to go back to GP for pead resp referal or if we can just got to ENT & then ask them to refer.

    Shouldn't the steroids be working by now?

    My sister (who's kids all have asthma) says it's an asthma cough/sounds exactly the same but DDs GP says DD has no 'wheeze' and it seems to be seasonal so can't be asthma.


 

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