What Can You Give a Toddler for Severe Cough?

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Ask the experts

My 2.5 year old son has had allergy problems from approximately six weeks after birth. It seems to have improved with time. Recently, he started coughing seriously, especially at night. None of the medication seems to work. Is there anything I could give him to relieve him of this coughing? He sometimes vomits after those coughs.

Doctor's response

Sometimes the "trigger" (allergen) which stimulates the allergic response can change - certainly if pollen/grasses are a problem, the natural weather pattern may be a problem. Dust may build up with time. You obviously can't change the weather but check to make sure your furnace/air conditioning filters are clean.

Another reason for a breakthrough of symptoms is that often, after a few months, the medication which worked before, loses its effectiveness (temporarily) and you have to use another. After a while you go back to medicine #1 when #2 loses its effectiveness.

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Reviewed on 1/11/2018