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    Croup is an infection that affects the voicebox (the larynx) and the windpipe (the trachea). The principle symptom is a barking cough which is often compared to the sound a dog or a seal makes, accompanied by a hoarse voice, runny nose, a fever and dif… Read more →

    MY 3 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER HAS BEEN SUFFERING FROM A DRY COUGH AT NIGHT TIME FOR THE LAST 6 MONTHS. WE HAVE SEEN OUR GP WHO PERSCRIBED ASTHMA INHALERS BUT THESE HAVE NO EFFECT ON HER NEITHER DOES COUGH MEDICINE. DURING THE DAY SHE IS A VERY ACTIVE CHILD AND SUFFERS NO SYMPTOMS WHATSOEVER WHICH MAKES ME QUESTION WHETHER IT IS ASTHMA OR COULD BE SOMETHING ELSE. ANY IDEAS?





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    My son is now 14 months I don't remember him without a cough and it's not going away he coughs so violently and brings up everything I hav spent the last 14 months extremely stressed he vomits so badly through his nose to and they are big vomits I've also noticed this cough starts whilst he eating sometimes and he keeps coughing till he brings his food up and then won't eat anymore weaning him onto food is difficult as won't eat much and wants his bottle and now he's getting constipated regularly when will he stop coughing so badly and the vomitting go states chest is clear X-ray done came back clear what could be causing this and I don't know what to give him to eat anymore





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    my 3 year old son has had symptoms of a cold for the past 2 years, runny nose, chesty cough,congestion,ear trouble.... we have taken him to the doctors, and we are told he will just out grow it, it makes him very tiered and miserable. we have been told it could be an allergy to something? help us help him please.





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    at the beginning of each cold, he will go through 1 maybe 2 nights where he really struggles to breath! one time we had to call the ambulance out, because he was that bad, it turned out to be an ear infection,but the said if we had left it any longer he would have started to fit....... its just really unfair for him, as he is never without a cold, and we dont no what to do! we were told it could be an allergy to something. but no, he has not suffered with broncilitus.

    My son was like this and it was due to his adenoids being to larg and bloking the back of his nose, he had them out at 3 years and was so happy after his breathing was so much better and infections cleared up.

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    My daughters nusery have chicken pox going around. She has had a cold and a cough for over a wk now. Is this just a cold or the start of chicken pox do you think? We are due to go on holiday :-(





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    My 12 year old daughter has been frequently leaking urine whether she is judt standing or walking, she does not need to cough or sneeze or anything like that. Her dr says that if it doesnt go away and took bloods for kidney function and urine sample he thinks it may be gyncaelogical problem....when she heard this she has been asking me everyday why this is happening to her and is stressing her out!!!! PLEASE ADVISE ME ON WHAT COULD BE THE CAUSE





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    Hi I think I have worms and asked my GP to give me some treatments and his answer was that I was imagining.... I am not sure what kind of worms they are but I regularly spit out which I think are eggs, they are like grains of coucous and quite smelly. Sometimes I feel something in the back of my throught and I manage to disloge a bunch of these stuck together. I often cough and wheeze as well and have abdominal pains. What treatment should I take to get rid of this?





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    Sounds like you have a throat infection and what you are spiiting out is pus.

    Hi, i know exactly what you have; tonsil stones. Google it and look at pictures. I get them all the time.

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    can anyone help with a worrying problem? my 9yr old son has a problem when eating, every time he starts eating he will come over all uncomfortable, and struggle to eat anymore.will go the toilet and be sick, this happens even after drink, he is undreweight and it is getting him down. he is under the hospital and has a camera down with it only coming back that he has inflammation. he will cough till he is sick with so much saliva. please can anyone help?





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    Have you tried cutting gluten out of his diet? this sounds exactly like me...I had the same problems since I was a baby but was misdiagnosed as an eating disorder (they thought the nausea and inability to eat much was all in my head). Finally diagnosed coeliac at age 21 xxx

    My 3 1/2 year old son dribbles and spits alot. He seems to have an excess of 'fluid' which results in the dribbles and spitting. In addition to this it 'sounds' as though he has fluid in his chest. Over a period of a few weeks the fluid builds up, causes him to cough and eventually he coughs so much that he vomits the fluid up. It then starts all over again until he vomits a few weeks later. The ENT consultant had no idea, one doctor has suggested 'secretion asthma'. Another says that he holds his mouth open but that doesn't explain the chest and the vomiting. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks.





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    I have been In pain on the left side of my head/ear for the last two years after feeling something burst this side. I have had a CT Scan and there seems to be nothing showing on the scan causing the symptoms. Around four months ago I insisted swabs were taken and the doctors found I have had two different bacterial infections in my ear and nose. Which I was then treated with antibiotics for. The doctors think I may have glue ear/eustacian tube dysfunction in my left ear. I have a cough and been unable to clear my throat. My nose doesn't function very well, it doesn't produces any snot. I am allergic to penicillin so can only have certain antibiotics and the third lot of antibiotics I had this year has caused a rash all over my body which went down after a few days. I am currently waiting for a second ENT Consultant appointment. Is there anything I can do to reduce the frustration from the glue ear eustacian tube dysfunction? The only things I have found to help is to have a bath a couple of times a week in Epsom salts to help reduce the inflammation and to gargle with salt water and use Sterimar to clean my nose. I also find reducing the amount of dairy and sugar in my diet has also helped. I also have Bowen tecnique nearly every week and massage a couple of times a month. This helps the frustration a lot. I am 32 years old. Is there any thing else I could do?





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    can you help me?!My daughter is now 15mths and she has a reoccurring cough, runny nose, and breaths like 'Darth Vader' at night. i have been to the doctors so many times i am now beginning to feel like a neurotic mum. They tell me her chest is clear and that it is a viral, but every 1-2 weeks this cough comes back and is distressing her, making her irritable and weak. It is worse at night and does keep her awake, we keep her window open slightly at night and never turn her radiator on. The cough seems dry.When the cough comes back i always think it's a chest infection.She is using a Ventolin inhaler. The only time the cough seems to go away or be kept at bay is when she is on antibiotics. Can you help make my baby girl happy without being on antibiotics x





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    my little ones 18 months is on ventolin inseade of ventolin as the ventolin dose not seam to work at all with his asthma! maybe ask ur doctor?

    My 11 year old daughter, 2 weeks ago started coughing badley i put it down to her asthma because she has been over doing her sports last week we went to see my local nurse to check he asthma and said she was ok but since saterday her cough is much worse with her being sick every time she has a coughing fit we went to the doctors this morning and they said she is ok and there is nothing wrong with her just give her cough medicain but every timme she coughs she is sick. Is this signs of whooping cough. she is up to date with ALL her jabs. If you have any advice for me then that would be grate.





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    here in the uk we only get vaccination for whooping cough as babies so it very well that your daughter could get this at 11 years old.

    here in the uk we only get vaccination for whooping cough as babies so it very well that your daughter could get this at 11 years old.

    hi again thank you katleen for your advise but we soon found out that my daughter did have whooping cough and a pritty bad dose of it as well but thanks all the same





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    I have been infected with worms from a hospital visit now for12 weeks I got a dry cough that won't go is this connected ?





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    My son is a year old and has chicken pox. Hes also Very sleepy, has a runny nose, high temp and a cough. My other son Had it and was just his normal self.





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    i believe both my sons seven and one have this flu symptems and generally out of sorts, today his cheeks are quite red and hes more tearful than norm both have had a bad cough a child at school is known to have had it so its more than likely





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    am suffering since oct 1 2013 till now, i gone to so many hospital but not cure well. It causes me pain, cough, tiredness etc. What drug can i take to cure it?





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    my daughter has a cough and cold and is complaining with earace both side of her ears iput have given her calpol and put olive oil in her ear am i doing the right thing she has had cold and coughs for 4 days now





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    This is fine. The throat and the ears are connected and it seems that the pain has spread through to her ears. You dont really need olive oil you can give her calpol and make sure her ears are clean because sometimes when you get ear aches a lot more wax is given off due to your body trying to get rid of it's illness.

    My 2yr old daughter has a red blotchy rash on her legs one leg being really bad and the other just a few spots her tummy has dry rashy skin we thought it was eczema to start with but slowly the rash has got worse just on one leg she has a slight cough and sniffles can anyone help please





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    hi im a bit worried bout my partner he bin coughing for the past week like myself and my kids yeday i woke up wif a cold bit of a cough but more the swore throat but my partner he being sick everytime he has a coughing fit cud n e one help plz thank u





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    hi my daughter recently had gardsil vaccine and within 24 hours she developed a continues sneezing followed by q cough repeated every 2 to 3 seconds the doctor doesn't think its linked to the vaccine but my daughter was perfectly healthy prior to receiving the vaccination





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    Oh my god I have the same situation with my 20 month old boy. He has difficulty too. Every 2 weeks his cough at night reoccurs and we have to spend the night racing in to stop him from choking. I was told it was viral and then one night it so bad I just went to A & E and they rescribed an inhaler for occasional use. If I use it he on him at night when he is coughing he barely coughs again all night, as this has opened up his airways.





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    my daughter is nearly 4 and has worms she has been complainin of a sore bum for a while but i did not know it was worms till now. she has the medicine of the doctor but also has a cough runny nose an sore throat do u think this is connected. i have gave her the medicine today but she is still uncomfortable and cannot sleep is there any way to make the itching more bareable?





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    Hi. My 3 year old grand-daughter has been treated with Ovex for threadworms. This was about a week ago. I suspect she had them for quite a while before her mother noticed them. I am still concerned as she complains of a sore tummy and is constantly hungry. Her behaviour has changed over the last couple of months (which is how long I think she must have had them for), she is attacking other children at school and having temper tantrums over everything and anything. She is a changed child. She also has a cough, so I am wondering if there is another kind of worm involved? If you have any suggestions as to what may be going on, your help would be greatly appreciated.





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    since my baby was born shes had problems with her breathing, she always sounds very chesty and has a constant cough, also seems to have problems breathing through her nose and is a very heavy breather and snores very loud. when she was born they said she was a very mucusy baby and there was nothing they could do and it would just pass in time,(i have mentioned her breathing and my concerns to various health care proffesionals)but last week i took her to the doctors about this and the doctor said my baby had rsv virus (bronchilitus) but if this was true she has had it for over 10 weeks. does anyone know what this could be and how i can help her, im at the end of my witts. thankyou





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    hi your storys all sound the same to myn. ryan was in hospital at 5 months old with bronclitis for 10 day in a oxygen tank and on a feeding tube. and nebs every 2 hours. before this he had about 5/6 colds and 3 chest infections. since this he has been in hospital another 2 times he is only 10 and half motnhs old. i also felt like a nerotic mum was at the docs every week . i asked to be seen by a specialist as he was chesty all the time. it would start of with a watery eye runny nose then go straight to his chest which would last for weeks he would sound clear for 2/3 days then would all flare up again he also has dry patchy skin on his face chest and back. he has trouble sleeping as coughs all night. anyway we went to see the specilait and he has etopic dertmatis which is ezecma allergies hayfever caused by the atmosphere .dust pollen etc. got told it could be his adnoids why he was breathing loudly which was apparent at the apt.would be seen in few weeks to look at this further. well 2 weeks after this he had a very bad breathing artack again which sent him back in hospital for 3 days. back in the oxygen tank and nebs. he is now finally bieng treated for asthma. sent home with 2 inhalours a brown one which is the preventer and a blue one which is a reliver for as and when the brown one is to be used every day and night for life via a spacer. and since he has been using them he is sooo much better. he got a cold last week with a cough we though oh no here we go again but the inhalors have stopped the normal attcks he has.. im just confused what allergies causes his probs and if this is what causes the flare ups? i think it could be food allegie but unsure maybe its milk related as he is sick 6/7 times per day. any help greatly recived.i worry every day.





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    why dont you demand to see a specialist, get tested for allergies, keep going to the docters and demand. its no good asking on here, if you think your baby has allergies then get tested, its the only way my daughter now 3, has eczema, allergies and ashtma since diagnosed at the age of 1. had 3 ashtma attacks now its controlled, few. allergies to dairy, wheat, eggs, fish, all nuts, onions, garlic, mustard, house dustmite, tomotoes, artificial colourings.

    Hi, It's Juliet again with an update as I've had quite a few replies to my posts so thought it would be a good idea to let you know how we're getting on. I think things are moving in the right direction. We haven't changed anything much that we're doing except that we tend to give our daugter the movicol every other day rather than every day. The theory being that if given every other day, it gives the body a rest from it and an opportunity for a decent sized poo tobuild up, rather than smaller ones, so that our daughter is more likely to feel the signals and go to the loo. It's not perfect but she has sometimes gone full weeks without anything much of an accident. She's had a bit of a relapse this week as she's got herself a bit bunged up, but is now getting to the stage where she will tell us that her tummy is sore and we can have a logical discussion with her about the fact that this is because she really needs to do a big poo. She's starting to understand now that the food goes in, is digested and the waste needs to come out as poo, otherwise it gets stuck and she ends up with a tummy ache and accidents. Today wasn'tlooking good, a couple of accidents yesterday but no proper movement, so a bit extra movicol today as well as some Andrews last night, and she's been on and off the toilet since she got home from school. I was feeling that I had my head perpetually upside down wiping her bum but in the end she stuck with it and eventually took herself off and did a good poo and told me that her tummy felt better. So at the moment with us, it's a combination of keeping a constant eye on how much movicol to give her, encouraging her to have toilet time and discussing it with her as calmly and supportively as we can. Also we try to have dinner early enough to give her body time to process some of it and go to the toilet before we're straight into bedtime, but as we're both working parents that isn't always possible. One key I think is to take the blame out of it and try to get them to at least tell you when they've had an accident, and if they do, explain that it's because they need to do a proper poo, get them to sit on the toilet while you clean up the mess and try for a decent poo there & then and discuss it calmly with them. Not always possible I know, especially if they just refure to cough to it and it's left up to you to sniff the air and know!! You have to somehow get through to the child that they are the only person who can sort it out, but you have confidence in them to sort it out and you will help them as much as possible, and then if they do show some responsibility for it, like my daughter did today, tell them that you are proud of them and you're sure that they're going to be able to sort it out. I do think that our daughter is going to be on movicol for a good while though. We have found that when she is in a good patch, her poos do get softer and we need to reduce her dose, which to us shows that at those times, her bowel habits are getting more healthy and in time, her habits will be healthy enough to cut the movicol right down and eventually stop it. But it has to be done in v small increments, otherwise before you know it, you can be back to square one! It takes concentration and dedication this lark, and a lot of hand cream to moisturise those hands which seem to spend all day washing knickers, but I think all these lovely children will get there in the end. x

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