daughter has lingering mucousy cough… not able to exercise much

Hi Everyone,

I am worried and some thoughts needed, I will try not to write too much!  I value your time.

My daughter had Type A flu (the fever kind, no vomiting) in Feb and then got better, no more coughing and her lungs were checked for pneumonia, she was clear.  She got a cold about 3 or 4 weeks later.  This was last weekend (Easter weekend)  From that, she still has a lingering cough, although she lost the other symptoms about 1 week (7 days) ago that sounds mucousy/wet.  

Last night we were playing a tag type game with her dad and while both of us were a little out of breath, she started coughing and seeming to be flared up by what would be MINIMAL running for an extremely active almost-3-year old.

I am a little worried because it was so minimal and it started up coughing etc.  She did not need her inhaler, but it clearly had begun to irritate her.

I am frustrated by this also as I am so tired of reminding her not to run, slow down, no running for weeks now.  Poor kid is three years old and has energy bouncing off the walls.  She wants to run a mile and she's so limited.  I feel so sad for her, and she doesn't understand.

Has anyone else had these lingering mucousy coughs?  It's not constant just off and on through the day and definitely sounds like there's something in there that needs broken up and extracted that is just hanging out.   Just a little worried.


Doctor basically wants to just wait it out and doesn't want to prescribe her yet another antibiotic.  Just worrying on my end.  Is this common?


Comments 8

  • Shea

    I wasnt diagnosed until adulthood and my son mostly deals with allergies. But your story did make me think of allergies because my asthma is of the allergic type. Has your daughter been tested for allergies to environmentals? 

    From what I know, mucous is often our bodies way of flushing out viruses, bacterias, and also allergens. When I get flared up, my skin and lungs are just more sensitive to everything. It is hard because when your having fun, you want to run and forget about your asthma (even as an adult). But if the germs are gone, the irritation might clear up on its own or if it us still being irritated by, lets say,  the pollens that are coming out right now that are in the air, then it might take longer to clear up or need extra help like going out to play in the evenings when the pollens are lower (I do this with my son who has pollen and other environmental allergens), or giving childrens claritin or washing the sheets more frequently. So it was worth the allergist appointment and subsequent skin test for me for my son. Luckily, his symptoms are nasal congestion and skin mostly so his airways havent become inflamed, but I think the avoidance practices for allergens really help us. 

  • Melissa G

    Tiffany, does your pediatrician treat your dd's asthma or does an allergist/pulmonologist? I would call and touch base with the dr again and share your concerns. 

  • LK

    Tiffany, I sympathize with trying to keep a three-year-old from running around!  Our grandson is that age!

    When my asthma has flared up from whatever cause, it takes my lungs much longer than I would like to settle down.  

    My DH had the flu this winter and after he recovered from it he then got a cough a few weeks later but no fever.  Took weeks for him to get over that cough and he does not have asthma.  For those of us with asthma, it takes our lungs much longer to recover, at least that has been my experience these last 5 years that I have had asthma.

    As mentioned in the good suggestions above, I would also suggest you call and talk over your concerns with your doctor. 

    Please let keep us updated on how she is doing!

  • CAPuttPutt

    @Tiffany F. I feel your pain! It is extremely hard to keep toddlers "calm", even when they're sick, much less when they're feeling great! Our youngest son has asthma, and until recently anytime he got sick he would cough his lungs up…..then as he got better, he would have that lingering naggy cough that would keep us doing breathing treatments, sometimes for a week or more.

    If you're worried, call the doctor. And if need be, insist on speaking to a different doctor for a second opinion. After a year of being diagnosed, we had to switch our son from seeing his pediatrician for his asthma to a pulmonologist. While we love our pediatricians office, they simply could not get his asthma under control.

    How is she feeling today?

  • Tiffany F.

    @Melissa G @CAPuttPutt  she is doing better still sounds like there's a little bit of "Stuff" that is stuck in there but I have the same thing.  It takes so long to get rid of that.  

    Soccer Shots started today and the pulm office encouraged me to let her try things, but I am nervous!  They dont run very much, a few yards.  I am totally regretting letting her do it, but both doctors thought she should try to be a kid.

  • K8sMom2002

    Hugs, Tiffany — I replied on your other thread. Glad she's doing better now, and I'm with Lisa … whenever I had the flu (even before I was diagnosed with asthma), it would take weeks for that cough to go away. 

  • Kathy P

    Hugs – that balance can really be hard when we just want to keep them in a bubble.