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Small child, constant cough, back and leg pain, swallowed meconium fluid during birth. Cure for cough?

Hi my daughter is 5 and half and has a constant cough , sometimes she needs to have anti biotics but its ALWAYS there, today she has said that when she coughs it hurts her back and it normal to have a constant cough and why? she was poorly when she was born, the doctors said she had swallowed meconium fluid and was grade 4? and wasnt sure if she was going to be ok but she is and is healthy apart from this cough, any help would be great
Asked On : Tue, 26 Feb 2013
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Pediatrician, Neonatology 's  Response
i want to know her weight gain pattern. then if she has allergy to dust, pollens and smoke? whether anybody in your family having tuberculosis? did you take xray chest and mantoux. if she is a healthy child with good appetite and weight gain, it may be allergic/wheezy cough. sometimes viral illness/pertussis kind of illness can present with persistent cough.
Answered: Thu, 28 Feb 2013
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Pediatrician Dr. Santosh Kondekar's  Response
Hi there
IS often see such kids with repeated cough. In adults it doesnot need tests for TB but in kids it is often related to tonsils adenoids or allergy..
With backgrund of birth history there is a possibility of chronic lung issues which often need specific evaluations like CT chest and specific therapy.
Asthma is another common cause of such cough. Symptoms need to be charted for a month on a breathig diary ( easily available in google search, )to reach to such diagnosis.
Do not hesitate to call or refer back.
Answered: Wed, 27 Feb 2013
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