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    Default Toddlers & coughs

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    My toddler - aged 21 months had a very nasty chesty cough. We have taken her to the drs a number of time in the past 3 weeks and was told give nothing. Today while we are on holidays in tazzie (cold, wet and rainy and coughy) out of pure frustration I gave her some cough syrup (aged 2-6) the lowest dose and only twice a day instead of four times. Has syrup worked for anyone to get rid of there bubba's nasty chesty cough??


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    Hi, your poor little one. I am a paeds nurse and usually we don't recommend on using cough syrup for little ones. If your little one is coughing that is a good thing as she/he is shifting that mucous. You don't want that mucous to be "stuck" there so to speak, as that can cause chest infections etc. There are generally two types of cough mixture; an expectorant which increases coughing to get rid of the mucous and then for dry coughs which stop the coughing. I would maybe have a chat to a Pharmacist as they may be able to recommend something. Does he/she have a fever or any other symptoms?

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    We've not used cough syrup as I know for myself it doesn't seem to work. I keep DS chest warm and limit milk consumption as this seems to make him more "gluggy" for want of a better word. I put Vicks on his chest and the vaporiser in his room to help with the congestion he has never had a cough for over a week touch wood.

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    Thanks for the replies -

    we have been to the drs a number of times about her cough and to the pharmacist and have all said she isn't sick, recommend we do nothing. She has no temp has a runny nose but does suffer hayfever and can't take anything yet (both hubby and I are bad sufferers.) we have previously only used baby vic's, vaporisers.

    Funny enough the cough syrup it working a trick - as soon as it hits 6 hours the cough is back. Would it be worth pushing to see a specialist? I mean I know we have been told there isn't anything they can do but surely if the syrup helps and she isn't straining to cough all the time.


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    She may have a nasal drip which could be caused by the hayfever. The constant runny nose drips down to the back of the throat and causes a cough. I think you should do whatever you need to, to get the answers you want. I would just be careful with the amount of cough mixture you are giving. Good luck, I really hope it settles for you. Big hugs

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    I pushed further today and the doctors and was more insistent - turns out our bubba had asthma. Had been given a puffer and things seem to have settled down


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