Pediatrics/Persistent cough in 3 year old
My 3 year old daughter has been coughing since early Nov 2012. she has taken several antibiotics as well as cough medication but it still persist. A chest xray was done in December and it came back clear.
She also coughed the previous year from Oct 2011 to April 2012. At that time, the ped asked for a chest xray and a mantoux test. the mantoux was negative while xray showed pneumonia. she was treated and stopped coughing up until Nov 2012.
I have taken her to a ped who is asking that another xray and mantoux test be done. She also requested for a full blood count and throat mcs.
Should I repeat these test again? What could be the cause of this persistent cough?
Chronic coughs in kids this age are due to basically four causes: allergies, infections such as sinusitis, asthma, and acid reflux. I would ask your doctor if these things have been considered. A med such as Singulair can be helpful for the asthma/allergy causes and is quite safe.
Good luck, Dr. Olson