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    Default 5 year old persistent dry night cough

    Hi Mums, I'm really struggling with DS just turned 5. He has been coughing all night onff right through winter but much worse this last two weeks or so. He is not sick although recently came off a double dose of antibiotics for tonsillitis. Doesn't have runny nose, no allergies, no asthma, doesn't really cough in the day. No wheezing or vomiting with night cough.
    We've tried propped up bed, Vicks on feet and chest, humidifier and rikodeine cough syrup. Not really having any success. Dr wasn't fussed, said chest clear. We all really need some answers (and some sleep!). Any ideas?? Tia xx

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    My DS is 9 and has had a similar thing.

    No tonsillitis though. Our Doc prescribed phenergan to be taken at night only

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    Thanks Cicho I'll look into that :-)

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    I've been having the same issue with DD. We kept getting the brush off by doctors until she was finally diagnosed with pneumonia! It may have been lurking in the background for a while before it finally worsened and her symptoms became more pronounced.

    One thing we did use for only a couple of the really bad nights when she couldn't sleep or stop coughing was a thing called "Pain Stop Night Time " for kids.

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    Go and see a paediatric respiratory specialist. There's a multitude of things it could be.

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    Our DS was never fully diagnoses with asthma - but our GP said he has seasonal/viral asthma symptoms and to give him ventolin as directed by him when he has a persistent, dry, catchy cough - which he gets with chesty colds and for a while after them - and when he gets really affected by hay fever.

    I'd have your gp (or another gp if you want another opinion or two) look into whether it could be asthma related.

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    Thanks for your replies, with your help and a little more research I'm pretty sure we are dealing with either:
    1) post viral cough which should settle with phenergan/ antihistamine but can last up to 8 weeks
    2) seasonal asthma- look into ventolin/ preventers etc

    I've also found some research about Manuka honey so am trying that for a couple of nights before seeing a doc to discuss the above.

    Thanks again for your help :-)

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