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Child has cough, disturbed sleep, vomiting. How to control cough?

Dear Dr, Good afternoon... My 2 year old son has severe cough and this disturbs during sleep since 2 days back. And now when he lies down to sleep after having food, he just cough and th ewhole gets thrown out. this is happening sicne 3 days. Kindly advise what measure should i take to control his cough. After vomiting he gets really tired. Otherwise he is fully active, has solid food, drinks juice, and does all his daily routine. But when he coughs he realy gets down.
Asked On : Thu, 4 Oct 2012
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OBGYN 's  Response
Hello there,

From the symptoms you have mentioned, it is definite that cough is severe and now resulting in vomiting as well.
The vomiting here is "post tussive" which means occuring after a bout of cough. It is important to ascertain the cause of cough here.
If it accompanied with fever and breathing difficulty as well, it could be lower respiratory tract infection requiring a course of antibiotics and anti pyretic medication.
If it is just dry and isolated cough, it needs to be controlled with a cough suppressant. Avoid any cough triggers like cold drinks, candies and ice creams. Encourage sips of warm water to soothe his throat.

Take care.
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Pediatrician Dr. Kaushik K Murthy's  Response
hello good evening, your son s sleep is getting disturbed due to cough and the very reason for his vomiting is also because of the cough. what i advice is that , let him sleep at an elevated angle may be 45 deg from his lower back , avoid cold air, carbonated drinks, deep fried food, dust , smoke, he must be around 12 kilos in weight so a cough syrup like benadryl around 5ml given orally can give symptomatic and timely relief. check for fever , throat congestion, difficulty in breathing , change in voice. he ll require a thorough medical examination by a pediatrician as soon as possible. may be an evaluation for GERD may be required
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