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DS coughs so hard he dry heaves ...

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So I posted before about my son being sick the past two weeks. Just an average cold, nothing major. He seemed to be continually improving but then the past few days he has been coughing quite a bit - only at night though. Last night he was coughing so hard he started dry heaving. He's done this before. He has a sensitive gag reflex I think.

Anyone else have a lo that does this? I felt so bad for him because there wasn't much I could do.

Question on the nighttime coughing - he always has a bottle of milk before bed. Is it really true that milk produces more mucous? Is this why he could be coughing more in the middle of the night?


by on Sep. 26, 2012 at 3:53 PM
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mommy425906
by on Sep. 28, 2012 at 2:13 PM

He's been doing better at night - not coughing as much & no fever. We took him to the dr yesterday & he checked out fine. Lungs & ears were clear, his cough is productive so the congestion has loosened up. The dr said the cough part of a cold can hang around for 2-4 wks after all other symptoms go away so this isn't uncommon. He said as long as the fever doesn't return there is no need to worry.

He also said milk does not produce more mucous. Which I also thought because I had looked that up a few yrs ago and read it is mostly an old wives tale. Milk can make mucous thicker, but does not produce more.

Anyways, not a whole we can do. He mentioned cool mist humidifier & having him sleep at an incline if it bothers him while sleeping. Last night he did pretty good though, no coughing until he woke up. Just have to hang in there while it clears up on its own.

Quoting egyptian_mommy:

How's he doing?


meglennox
by on Sep. 28, 2012 at 3:24 PM
I see he's doing better :)
My 3 yr old has a sensitive gag reflex too. :-/ he's learned that when he starts to cough hard, he needs to be by the garbage or in the bathroom.
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rjsmommy214
by on Sep. 28, 2012 at 3:26 PM

BUMP!

copperswifey
by on Sep. 28, 2012 at 8:12 PM

I''m glad he's doing better. It's so hard when they aren't feeling good and you have to watch them suffer like that.

egyptian_mommy
by on Sep. 28, 2012 at 8:13 PM
I'm glad he's doing better. :-)

Quoting mommy425906:

He's been doing better at night - not coughing as much & no fever. We took him to the dr yesterday & he checked out fine. Lungs & ears were clear, his cough is productive so the congestion has loosened up. The dr said the cough part of a cold can hang around for 2-4 wks after all other symptoms go away so this isn't uncommon. He said as long as the fever doesn't return there is no need to worry.

He also said milk does not produce more mucous. Which I also thought because I had looked that up a few yrs ago and read it is mostly an old wives tale. Milk can make mucous thicker, but does not produce more.

Anyways, not a whole we can do. He mentioned cool mist humidifier & having him sleep at an incline if it bothers him while sleeping. Last night he did pretty good though, no coughing until he woke up. Just have to hang in there while it clears up on its own.

Quoting egyptian_mommy:

How's he doing?


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mommy425906
by on Sep. 28, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Thanks! Me too! :-)

Quoting egyptian_mommy:

I'm glad he's doing better. :-)

Quoting mommy425906:

He's been doing better at night - not coughing as much & no fever. We took him to the dr yesterday & he checked out fine. Lungs & ears were clear, his cough is productive so the congestion has loosened up. The dr said the cough part of a cold can hang around for 2-4 wks after all other symptoms go away so this isn't uncommon. He said as long as the fever doesn't return there is no need to worry.

He also said milk does not produce more mucous. Which I also thought because I had looked that up a few yrs ago and read it is mostly an old wives tale. Milk can make mucous thicker, but does not produce more.

Anyways, not a whole we can do. He mentioned cool mist humidifier & having him sleep at an incline if it bothers him while sleeping. Last night he did pretty good though, no coughing until he woke up. Just have to hang in there while it clears up on its own.

Quoting egyptian_mommy:

How's he doing?



Bob192
by on Sep. 28, 2012 at 8:13 PM

I would suggest a humidifier too.

LyTe684
by Bronze Member on Sep. 28, 2012 at 8:13 PM
Dairy makes the mucous thicker. Prop his head up so he doesn't lay flat.
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rjsmommy214
by on Sep. 28, 2012 at 8:50 PM

if it persists i'd get him checked for asthma. that was a symptom i had when i was young and it was usually at night. my first dr said i was trying to get attention, then i went to a specialist and they confirmed it was indeed asthma. it sounds like the cold and milk could def. be doing it, but if it keep happening i'd get him checked out.

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