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Vickster
Posted: Thursday, April 8, 2010 12:14:36 PM

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Hi everyone... hoping you can help...

My baby has a annoying cough, which only occurs at night caused by post nasal drip. His tonsils are large and the mucus gets caught between them and he literally chokes on the mucus. He coughs so hard he throws up. He is 16 months old and is now on benedryl to hopefully clear up/dry out the mucus... I've been to the pediatrics numerous times and that was their latest diagnosis and treatment...along with a humidifier in his room at night.. He's fine during the day.. very happy child.. but at nap time or night, he's miserable and not sleeping well... any suggestions??

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Tamiroff
Posted: Thursday, April 8, 2010 1:37:35 PM

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Try cutting out dairy products for a bit. Sometimes they tend to increase mucus production.
MiTziGo
Posted: Thursday, April 8, 2010 1:54:03 PM

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Can he sleep in more of a sitting position? Like in a baby carseat or swing or something? I don't know if that will help, but whenever I'm congested, sitting up helps. Also, maybe have him checked for allergies. I'd been suffering from post-nasal drip for about 6 months and couldn't figure out why I couldn't shake my cold. Finally, I was tested for respiratory allergies and it turned out that was the problem. Rather than going to a pediatrician, who may not know all the intricacies of that area of the body, perhaps take him to a pediatric ear, nose and throat doctor (ENT/otolaryngologist). If his tonsils are enlarged, there may be something more serious going on. Good luck.
Vickster
Posted: Thursday, April 8, 2010 2:08:13 PM

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Thanks... I'll try both... I feel helpless watching my baby cough so hard...

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Susie
Posted: Thursday, April 8, 2010 3:23:26 PM

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I have a horrible problem with my nose/throat. When ever i am chilled/cold my nose runs. I begin to sneeze and I get mucus build up in my throat. It's like my nose runs into my throat instead of out of my nose. But it does still go through my nose.
Anyway, my only reliefe is to warm myself. I have to have long sleeves on and socks almost always. In the summer I am fine, until I get into airconditioning that is too high. And when I leave the air conditioning to go into the warmth again, my sinus adjusts and I sneeze, blow my nose and cough.
It may be something to consider for your baby, if he may be getting a chill possibly.
capo403
Posted: Thursday, April 8, 2010 4:09:57 PM

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Like Michal, my first thought was that the problems might be allergy-related. Could there be something in the baby's room that is scented? Try removing anything that might give off even a subtle scent and see if that helps. Also, keep the room free of dust. You may even want to have the room tested for mold.

I would not withhold milk from the baby until the baby can undergo allergy testing by an ENT, since the nutrients in milk (1.e., calcium, Vitamin D, and B vitamins) are essential for development. If a milk allergy is present, the doctor will necessarily prescribe a supplement. Since the baby is fine during the day, though, a food allergy is unlikely.

Susie's suggestion is also a possiblity. It could be that the air in the baby's room is too dry or too cool, but you have already tried a humidifier. I hope you will find something here that is helpful.


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Posted: Friday, April 9, 2010 12:20:23 AM

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Tamiroff wrote:
Try cutting out dairy products for a bit. Sometimes they tend to increase mucus production.



I second that: my father had similar symptoms, when he was 57. An Indian yoga teacher suggested the same. It worked perfectly. Now my father is 103. (I just had to say it!)

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Posted: Friday, April 9, 2010 6:07:24 AM

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I agree with MichalG. I would push something thick (like a thick towel of EVEN width "underneath" the HEAD-END of child's mattress so he doesn't lie flat during sleep. Child could be simply cutting new teeth (especially if he is pulling on his ears). Also, buy FESS (salt spray) nose drops and use throughout the day; plus, last thing at night - check with your chemist how many times for his age (ALSO works for adults with allergies, etc). Recently, the doctor of my 3 month old grand-child recently recommended using FESS Nasal Spray, with success. The mild, salty liquid doesn't hurt child and will safely dry out the nasal passages when used regularly. As stated earlier, see an Ear/Nose/Throat specialist a.s.a.p. incase there is a more serious, underlying problem.

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Posted: Friday, April 9, 2010 6:35:53 AM

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Hope you find something to help baby soon Vickster.

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Vickster
Posted: Friday, April 9, 2010 8:20:28 AM

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Thank you all... I have place a pillow in his crib that he does sleep on to raise his head (post nasal drip is common for me too) As far as the dust/mold in room... I will check but this also happens at his day care at naptime...so frustrating!! Brick wall I will talk to the ENT to see if there is some problem that his regular pediatrician wouldn't see... thanks again!! I'll let you all know if I figure this all out!!

He who sings scares away his woes. ~Cervantes
Cranberry
Posted: Friday, April 23, 2010 11:53:25 AM
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We cure with nebuliser Omron. Great device. 2 days and even tough cough goes away. We never used antibiotics. Wish your baby good health)
Vickster
Posted: Friday, April 23, 2010 11:59:30 AM

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hahaha... funny someone posted this... I stopped all the meds and humidifyer and I don't know why...maybe the warmer weather...but it stopped!!! He's a happy little bug right now..sleeping thru the night... thanks everyone!!! Applause

He who sings scares away his woes. ~Cervantes
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Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 4:38:47 AM
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Sorry for reviving the topic, but I'm looking for a bit of advice on a humidifier. What do you use?
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