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My 3 year old has this constant cough. Lil bub is eating, drinking and playing so no signs of sickness. I took bub to pedi and he said that I should not worry about the cough. However, it has been going on for a few months. Can I get bub tested somehow? Thanks.

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  • Emelina

    If the cough is still continuing, I’d suggest taking you little one back to the pediatrician. Cough in kids, like adults can come from many causes. At least in adults you have to think about stuff like post nasal drip, reflux and asthma. Also if I remember correctly, doctors won’t even test (can’t? I can’t imagine trying to get a baby to do spirometry) or give a kid a diagnosis of asthma until > 5-6 because their airways tend to be small and floppy. Good luck.

  • sharkbyt3

    Thanks for your reply. I spoke to my bubs daycare provider and she believes lil one is okay and it is just a cough. A few other children have lasting coughs and she said the cough is not deep. She tested her daughter at 2 with a skin test so I will ask about that one.

  • LK

    Our kids are grown but any cough that lasts for months would have had me taking them back to the pediatrician until I had a satisfactory answer or I would ask for a second opinion.  There is nothing that is "just a cough".  Every cough has some reason for it.  Sometimes the reason is that the child is still getting over a cold and the cough can linger for several weeks.  Sometimes it is caused by something that needs further investigation. 

    Here is a link to what the May Clinic says about Treating Asthma in Children under the age of 5 –

  • Shea

    My son had allergy skin prick test at 3– he is allergic to cat and dog dander and a relative had difficulty believing/understanding so I had him tested and yup positive for those. Also for done ragweed, pollens, molds, dustmites, and foods that i had suspected and been avoiding (peanuts, soy)– allergies run in our family. 

  • Melissa G

    Did the cough start with a cold? All of the allergy testings on the kids has been done by a board-certified pediatric allergist.

  • sharkbyt3

    It did start with a cold. The cough is getting worse. Will give Claritin Childrens this weekend and see if it helps. If not, dr appt on Monday. Got an appt for an allergy dr in a few weeks. Does anyone know how they test nowadays? Do they scratch the skin?

  • Melissa G

    I hope the Claritin helps. As for the testing, I think it depends on each dr's office. Ours does skin testing and blood work. Just remember you have to be off of antihistamines for a week before skin testing. 

  • CAPuttPutt

    Are we sure it’s allergies causing the cough? Could it be asthma? I only ask because we treated our youngest son for a couple months thinking his cough was due to post nasal drip – turned out it was actually asthma actually causing the cough. 

  • sharkbyt3

    Hello. I believe it is asthma. I got an antibiotic for bub so I will see how that works. The Claritin did work but I have to stop using it since the appt is next Monday. Cannot have it for a week before the appt. 

  • CAPuttPutt

    Good luck to you and your son! Fingers crossed you find the root cause soon Please let us know what you find out! 

  • sharkbyt3

    Aw thanks! I got ahead of myself and it is actually next week. I will let you know next week.

  • sharkbyt3

    well, my lil one is allergic to basically being outside. :/ the specialist said he will have such a "fun" time. luckily, no food or animals tested positive. so that is good! he can eat anything! they did a skin test – not blood.

  • sharkbyt3

    for lil bub to take Cetirizine when needed but not daily. specialist said not just to give it to him just to give it to him but if he is having issues give him a dose. it is liquid form not chewable. he recommends Cetirizine not Clairtin. specialist wants to see bub back in 6 weeks.

  • Emelina

    I’ve heard Claritin is the weakest of the 2nd generation antihistamines, cetirizine is generally more effective and well tolerated by kids

  • K8sMom2002

    Sharkbyt3, hugs on the outdoor allergies! As you're working to reduce your kiddo's triggers, could you try some of AAFA's suggestions on ?

    I'm hoping the different antihistamine will help. Each person responds slightly differently to medications, so it's good that you have options.

    Was the doctor clear on when to give meds? Sometimes that "give whenever you're having issues" can make me question myself.