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Hoarse voice in 3.5 year old. user banned
4th Nov '11

Charlie my boy, has had a cough for a while now, he has allergies and asthma, but for the past week his voice has also been really raspy and hoarse. Wondering if this is normal, and if its a big deal, or maybe just part of allergies that i hadnt seen before.



thoughts?

Buzz and Almond Joys momm 2 kids; Albuquerque, New Mexico 12593 posts
4th Nov '11

Is he still coughing? My asthmatic/allergic child sounds like that every morning or when he has croup. Croup is basically just larangitis in children.

user banned 3 kids; Barrington, Illinois 40718 posts
4th Nov '11
Quoting Buzz and Almond Joys momm:" Is he still coughing? My asthmatic/allergic child sounds like that every morning or when he has croup. Croup is basically just larangitis in children."


he has coughing spells, about 5-7 a day, and 10 or more at night.

user banned 3 kids; Barrington, Illinois 40718 posts
4th Nov '11

its a gagging cough too, and he has been coughing like thise for 2 weeks maybe a touch more..



but he also has a constant cough that has been present now for 3 months.



we had to get out his neb today though.

Buzz and Almond Joys momm 2 kids; Albuquerque, New Mexico 12593 posts
4th Nov '11
Quoting Mary.:" he has coughing spells, about 5-7 a day, and 10 or more at night."


That sorta sounds like croup. It's always worse at night. Have you seen your doctor yet? Try a humidifier while he sleeps if you have not already

Buzz and Almond Joys momm 2 kids; Albuquerque, New Mexico 12593 posts
4th Nov '11
Quoting Mary.:" its a gagging cough too, and he has been coughing like thise for 2 weeks maybe a touch more.. but he ... [snip!] ... more.. but he also has a constant cough that has been present now for 3 months. we had to get out his neb today though."


Did he have an asthma attack around then? Could he have whooping cough? Does he have GERD? (just throwing out everything that my son gets)

user banned 3 kids; Barrington, Illinois 40718 posts
4th Nov '11
Quoting Buzz and Almond Joys momm:" That sorta sounds like croup. It's always worse at night. Have you seen your doctor yet? Try a humidifier while he sleeps if you have not already"


i didnt tell the DR because im just so used to the coughing it wasnt alarming, but now that i think of it, it IS a different cough..



well crap, guess ill be calling him.

Buzz and Almond Joys momm 2 kids; Albuquerque, New Mexico 12593 posts
4th Nov '11
Quoting Mary.:" i didnt tell the DR because im just so used to the coughing it wasnt alarming, but now that i think of it, it IS a different cough.. well crap, guess ill be calling him. "

its better to be safe ya know. especially with the asthma

user banned 3 kids; Barrington, Illinois 40718 posts
4th Nov '11
Quoting Buzz and Almond Joys momm:" Did he have an asthma attack around then? Could he have whooping cough? Does he have GERD? (just throwing out everything that my son gets)"


we just went through whooping cough.. had that aug-october, but it seemed like it had ended.. for both kids, GERD im starting to think maybe..



he has reactive asthma, so he takes a long time for his coughs to go away.. it seems like even a little cold or allergies trigger the cough too, so its like an all the time cough.



-- thats what makes it hard for me to distinguish between all the dang coughs he gets.



thanks for hte help, its always nice having someone talk me through all this, it gets so jumbled in my head its hard to think straight sometimes.. all these dates, coughs, meds, what works, whats that, .. so thanks!

Blythe. 1 child; Indiana 22056 posts
4th Nov '11

does fresh air help it?

Shanrock TTC since Mar 2014; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Derry, NH, United States 1306 posts
4th Nov '11

Is he coughing anything up? Many kiddo's prone to colds and that are asthmatic also end up with Bronchitis which has those awful coughing spells, plus the losing of the voice and all that. I'm asthmatic... I've had bronchitis 2 times in 6 weeks... granted I'm pregnant so I'm more prone to it now, it is that time of year. Sick germs are out there and unfortunately for us asthmatics, its very common for a small cold in a normal child to turn into a sinus infection or bronchitis for a asthmatic child. Sometimes both. I remember being 6 years old and in a matter of a week I went from being sniffly and sneezy to having full blown bronchitis, double ear infection, and a sinus infection! It happens and trust me... IT SUCKS. Also, has he just been seen by a pedi, or have you taken him to an allergist? My allergist is the one that really got a hold on my constant colds and crap vs my pedi.

user banned 3 kids; Barrington, Illinois 40718 posts
4th Nov '11
Quoting Shannon-Marie:" Is he coughing anything up? Many kiddo's prone to colds and that are asthmatic also end up with Bronchitis ... [snip!] ... have you taken him to an allergist? My allergist is the one that really got a hold on my constant colds and crap vs my pedi. "


if he does he swallows it..



he has been to an allergist but that was almost 2 years ago, i guess we should revisit and see what else he is allergic to now, before it was just dogs cats and peanuts.. but it seems like he always has a runny nose, so i wouldnt be surprised if he is allergic to more.



he takes singulair and has albuterol when needed.. at the moment. singulair really doesnt seem like it helps.




and he is sleeping now ,so the outside cold air thing will have to wait, but thats a good idea.

Shanrock TTC since Mar 2014; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Derry, NH, United States 1306 posts
4th Nov '11
Quoting Mary.:" if he does he swallows it.. he has been to an allergist but that was almost 2 years ago, i guess we ... [snip!] ... doesnt seem like it helps. and he is sleeping now ,so the outside cold air thing will have to wait, but thats a good idea. "


They had me on singulair when I was younger too (around when it first came to the market). As I got older, they switched me to advair (they have a regular inhaler now, not just the powder discus), an inhaler called xopenex, which is just like albuterol, but you don't get the shakes from it, albuterol makes me shaky for a good hour after and I hate that, and I take a zyrtec a day. I also had my tonsils and adenoids removed when I was about 12. He probably is swallowing it because he doesn't know any better. Maybe you should see an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor as well.. I'd mention it to his allergist. Allergies change every 7 years, so his may still be the same, but he may have a few more such as mold, trees, flowers... the basic things. Mold can hide in your walls, you may not know it's there, but if he's allergic to it, it'll make him feel like crap and cough a lot. Sorry for my responses being so long, I just know how he feels and feel sorry for the little guy... it sucks as an adult... but I remember it sucking so much more as a kid! Oh, and idk if they told you or even bothered suggesting it to you, but they recommend kids with asthma and allergies see their allergist every 6 months to a year... at least I know thats what they say in Boston.

user banned 3 kids; Barrington, Illinois 40718 posts
4th Nov '11
Quoting Shannon-Marie:" They had me on singulair when I was younger too (around when it first came to the market). As I got ... [snip!] ... kids with asthma and allergies see their allergist every 6 months to a year... at least I know thats what they say in Boston. "


ahhh no, they did tell me that.. at first we just went because of his reaction to peanuts, and they said that he should come back around age 5, since thats when 20% grow out of the allergy by..



so yep, ill be calling the allergist and getting an appt in pronto.



and thanks for the long responses, as a parent, i want as much "been there done that" experience as i can get.. im almost always lost and confused as to which combos of meds work best..



we have zyrtec, so maybe ill start giving him that in the day as well, until we get the appt set up..



i give him benadryl at night sometimes, do you think thats ok? or does it cause more side effects than its worth.

Shanrock TTC since Mar 2014; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Derry, NH, United States 1306 posts
4th Nov '11
Quoting Mary.:" ahhh no, they did tell me that.. at first we just went because of his reaction to peanuts, and they ... [snip!] ... set up.. i give him benadryl at night sometimes, do you think thats ok? or does it cause more side effects than its worth."


Well for me, I can't take benadryl... some kids it makes em pass out... me.. it makes me climb walls lol. Has since I was a lil one. The ONLY time my mum gave it to me, she took me to the ER shortly after because I legit couldn't sit still.... and I had no control over my movements.. my legs and arms and crap kept jumping lol. My mum would always give me some children's Dimatapp and I still swear by it. Unfortunately the next generation of this crap is my nephew. He was born before the whole if they're under 6 don't medicate so we'd give him a dose of it meant for a child and he'd calm down... less cough... less runny nose... more his usual self.



They do make children's zyrtec, if I were you I'd give it to him a couple days in a row and see if it helps. Medications like that work best when they're taken day after day because it builds up in their system and keeps the allergens from re-entering and aggravating his system. . If his little body is still too small for a full dose, half it.