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Chest congestion, breathing problem, coughing, xray reports normal, gets relief with vicks. What is the problem?

MY CHild is 5 yrs old and having chest congestion since 22april and had a breathing problem at that time . His AEC report and xray reports are normal. but in the night if we increase the speed of the fan he starts coughing in short intervals continously. and his breathing rates increase a little bit as if difficilty in breathing. When i switch on the steamer with vicks in it within 5-10 mint. he is normal and sleeps without coughing. what is the problem he is having? how he can be cured of heavy chest congestion. he has taken maclav-bid and tedycof also.
Fri, 14 Jun 2013
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Pediatrician, Infectious Diseases 's  Response
Hello,
Welcome to HCM forum .
Your child is most probably having a viral respiratory infection in which antibiotics are not much useful . Since steam inhalations provide relief , nebulisation with bronchodilator medicines might help in faster recovery.
So please consult your doctor for re assessment & appropriate nebuliser medications And cough syrups containing ambroxol and salbutamol.
Apart from this you can give plain steam inhalations thrice daily to relieve the chest congestion.
Wishing your child good health.
Regards
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Chest congestion, breathing problem, coughing, xray reports normal, gets relief with vicks. What is the problem?

Hello, Welcome to HCM forum . Your child is most probably having a viral respiratory infection in which antibiotics are not much useful . Since steam inhalations provide relief , nebulisation with bronchodilator medicines might help in faster recovery. So please consult your doctor for re assessment & appropriate nebuliser medications And cough syrups containing ambroxol and salbutamol. Apart from this you can give plain steam inhalations thrice daily to relieve the chest congestion. Wishing your child good health. Regards