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#1 tired_mumma15

Posted 22 September 2019 - 07:25 AM

So baby has just gone 4 months, and has had a cold for 2 weeks tomorrow. Tiniest bit of snot, but mainly a mucusy cough that gets worse at night or after feeds.
I took him to docs for 4mth check last Thurs and she listened to his chest, said it was in his upper chest or something so not to worry, that it should be gone soon (family got me worried it might be croup, but after watching videos of a croup cough it doesn't sound like that). We're doing vicks and the humidifier, there doesnt seem to be any visible snot to suction.
What else to do? Everywhere I read says 1 week is too long for a baby cough and here we are going on 2!

#2 AliasMater

Posted 22 September 2019 - 07:35 AM

I probably wouldn't ask for medical advice here. Try and get back to the GP if you are concerned or the ED if the condition deteriorates.

#3 rubyskye

Posted 22 September 2019 - 12:25 PM

View PostAliasMater, on 22 September 2019 - 07:35 AM, said:

I probably wouldn't ask for medical advice here. Try and get back to the GP if you are concerned or the ED if the condition deteriorates.

This. Please see a doctor.

#4 tired_mumma15

Posted 22 September 2019 - 12:34 PM

Will do if it lasts more than a few more days. The fun of having an older sister at daycare!

#5 Pocket...

Posted 22 September 2019 - 03:16 PM

I would go back to the Dr tomorrow.

It sounds like post nasal drip which is where the nasal mucous collects in the back of the throat and needs clearing with the coughing. But you do need to go back to make sure. Ask about the dropper versions of nasal sprays that can help reduce the nasal mucous.

There are lots of persistent coughs lingering where I live and with babies and young children is better to go for those extra Dr checks to be sure.

Edited by Pocket..., 22 September 2019 - 03:17 PM.

#6 Jenflea

Posted 22 September 2019 - 04:35 PM

Coughs are the worst. Every time I took DD to the GP I'd be told it was post viral and would take about 3 weeks to clear.

Croup generally happens at night and it's a horrible barking noise, they can go blue around the mouth which needs urgent medical assistance but usually only lasts a few days in DD's case.

#7 Lou-bags

Posted 22 September 2019 - 04:45 PM

I agree that if you are concerned, go get further medical advice.

For me personally, if my kids are not feverish, are eating well and (for babies) having sufficient wet and dirty nappies, and a normal amount of tiredness for being unwell (so not lethargic, just off) then I don’t go to the Dr. It’s when I start to see those things that I’d go to Dr (or ED if necessary). If your baby has these signs, I’d see someone today.

It was not unusual for my kids to have coughs that lingered for more than 2 weeks as babies/small toddlers.

Hope she’s on the mend soon, so stressful having a sick baby.

#8 literally nobody

Posted 22 September 2019 - 06:31 PM

Croup will sound like a barking seal like sound. Id use more nasal drops and use a snot sucker.

#9 Pip_longstockings

Posted 22 September 2019 - 06:58 PM

I agree with Lou-bags, my kids had coughs that lasted weeks after a cold. They still do. So I tend to judge on the behaviour of the child, if they are lethargic, fever, having difficulty breathing or not eating/BF go see a Dr immediately.

#10 quartz85

Posted 22 September 2019 - 07:49 PM

Health direct is fabulous. I've always found the nurses so good with baby stuff. Times when I have freaked out and wanted to go to the hospital they have gone through everything. So reassuring of what is normal for sickness and what isn't. https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/

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