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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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What causes persistent cough and blinking of eyes?

Hi my 4 year old nephew has had a persistant cough now for a few months, my sister took him to a doctor who said its a habit he has formed when concentrating on certain things, and that he will grow out of it. Now I have noticed he keeps blinking and rubbing his eyes, morning noon or night, he has dark circles under his eyes and is still coughing also, sometimes a deep cough where he has to cover his mouth and concentrate on clearing his throat. Im worried about it being something more. Is there something I can suggest?
Wed, 29 Oct 2014
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Thank you for the query.
By your description the child seems to be suffering from allergic cough and conjunctivitis.
Or he may be suffering from worm infestation which may also present with these symptoms.
These conditions are treatable. Treatment goes for a long time especially for allergy and need to be repeated .
For which patience is required.
kindly discuss these possibilities with his doctor. Delay is not advisable.
It definitely does not seem to be a habit to me.
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