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    Quote Originally Posted by Stretched View Post
    We're on week 6 of a cough here. It started as croup from a virus with lots of nasal congestion, in there he also had a bout of gastro and two lots of ear infections with antibiotics. I went back to the Dr last friday as his cough was starting to sound more productive but with a slight wheeze and I was worried it was right in his chest. Chest sounded good though. He gave him a steriod to take for 5 days.

    The steriod is to reduce the inflamation and allow the congestion to drain away better, which it does seem to be doing plus it has increased his appetite (which has been shocking for the last 6 weeks). The combination of these two things, while not actually getting rid of the cough, are helping him to sleep a LOT better, with much fewer disruptive coughing fits. This in turn should help his body to heal faster (I hope!).

    Back to the doctor on Wed to check his ears are 100% good and will see what the next action is. I really don't want him to go backwards!
    That sounds annoying, it's really tough isn't it? Listening to them cough and cry each night, for weeks on end argh! It's funny you mention the steroid thing, I've got a bottle in the fridge from the last bout of croup and have been soooo tempted to give her a few days worth,as I'm absolutely convinced it will help!

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    Yeah the pharmacist said it (Pred-mix) keeps for 4 weeks once opened so I was planning on hanging on to it in case things get worse again. It is just so nice that he seems to finally have turned a corner - he just wasn't like my child for more than a month. It's horrible, isn't it?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stretched View Post
    Yeah the pharmacist said it (Pred-mix) keeps for 4 weeks once opened so I was planning on hanging on to it in case things get worse again. It is just so nice that he seems to finally have turned a corner - he just wasn't like my child for more than a month. It's horrible, isn't it?!
    I'm sorry you and others have also been struggling with a persistent cough, but I'm also relieved to know I'm not alone and that it does get better ... Eventually!

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    I had the same kind if thing as a baby, and still have it now. Turned out to be a kind of Asthma (cough-variant asthma) which was misdiagnosed for years. Something to think about if it continues into childhood....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zabella View Post
    I had the same kind if thing as a baby, and still have it now. Turned out to be a kind of Asthma (cough-variant asthma) which was misdiagnosed for years. Something to think about if it continues into childhood....
    Thank you for this. Asthma has crossed my mind too.

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    I'd go back and ask the GP to trial asthma meds, my son Was like this a couple of years ago, he's 4 now. He's still on asthma meds but fingers crossed it seems to be less severe each winter so I'm hopeful he will grow out of it. Sometimes they can just have post viral coughs that last until the end of winter though. The 3 day course of steroid may do the trick too, it's called Prednisolone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zabella View Post
    I had the same kind if thing as a baby, and still have it now. Turned out to be a kind of Asthma (cough-variant asthma) which was misdiagnosed for years. Something to think about if it continues into childhood....
    I'm always on the lookout for this as DH is asthmatic (has been since a young child). The doctor said he had 'asthma-like inflamation, but it's not asthma' hence using a common asthma treatment (steroid). Thanks for the heads up though, will definitely be keeping an eye on it if it's a problem every year.

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    Could be a series of viruses one after the other, post viral "asthma" as previously mentioned (night cough often a symptom of this), reflux (although this does sound more infective). Might be worth getting a chest X-ray or peak flow (if your child is old enough).

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    Hey just wanted to let you ladies know if you don't get the generic prednisone but the actual redi-pred it lasts out of the fridge until the bottle actually expires so a lot longer then predmix. My kids get croup fairly frequently so I always seem to have some in the cupboard. Comes in very handy to not have to see the doctor everyday

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodeobull View Post
    Hey just wanted to let you ladies know if you don't get the generic prednisone but the actual redi-pred it lasts out of the fridge until the bottle actually expires so a lot longer then predmix. My kids get croup fairly frequently so I always seem to have some in the cupboard. Comes in very handy to not have to see the doctor everyday
    That's only until you open the bottle though, once redipred is opened it only lasts 4 weeks in the fridge.


 

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