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Child always suffers with acute cold and cough causing disturbed sleep, prescribed nebulizer. Will it help?

my 3 years old daughter is always suffering from acute cold and cough which disturbs her sleep at night which effects our sleep as well as we have to keep awake and take her in arms roaming about. during the whole of night in standing position today the doctor prescribed her medicine along with nebuliser 3 time daily for 10 days. do you think shall we go along with this or can we skip nebilusation thanks in advance
Mon, 6 May 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response

Thanks for writing to health care magic.

Your doctor is thinking in lines of wheeze associated respiratory illness or bronchial asthma.

Nebulisation is advised in such situations.

Nebulisation is relatively safe compared to oral medication because the drug is given in very low quantity. It gets to the lungs directly.

Can you specify what nebulisation was prescribed?

Continue to ask further queries as required.
Hope this helps.
Take care.
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Emergency Medicine Specialist Dr. R.A. Singh's  Response
Hi Anwar,
Thanks for writing your query.
Please provide the names of the medicines prescribed including that for nebulisation.
Nebulisation is a safe, quick and effective way to provide relief from symptoms of bronchoconstriction.
By nebulisation, there are minimal side effects as the medicine is not absorbed in the blood and as it directly relieves the air passage from the constriction.
Your doctor must have prescribed the nebulisation after auscultating/examining the chest of the child.
So you can continue with the treatment adviced by your Paeditrician.
I hope this is helpful to you.
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Pediatrician, Cardiology Dr. Pradeep Kumar's  Response
Cold and cough in this age group is usually associated with some narrowing of airways. This narrowing causes respiratory difficulty leading to irritability and disturbed sleep.
As your doctor has prescribed nebulisation, he must have noticed the signs of narrowing of airways on clinical examination.
If there is any respiratory difficulty and noisy breathing, try nebulisation and see the response. In case you find that symptoms are less after nebulisation then it suggests that there is requirement of nebulisation.
Also give Zinc syrup and antiallergic (like Allegra) syrup.
Consult your physician if there is no improvement or worsening of symptoms.
With regards
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