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My Son's Cough at Night

My 3 year old son has a night time couch. So bad it can keep us up at night. His doctor has him on Clemastine during the day and Albuterol Syrup at night. These seem to work but I would rather find the source. We purchased an air cleaner for his bedroom, I removed all his stuffed animals.

We do have a new dog. We have had her about 6 months and this problems shorted about 4 months ago. We have 3 cats but we have had them around longer than my son has been alive. Any suggestion on how I can find out what he is allergic to without going to an allergists or what is the best way to find do a process of elimination.

Thank you

Caren S.

Thanks for asking about your son's night time cough.

One of the most common signs of allergy and asthma that is out of control is a night time cough. Asthma is due in large part to an allergic reaction in the linings of the bronchial tubes. In patients with asthma there is inflammation, swelling and excessive mucus in the lungs which accumulates within the breathing passages. This mucus tends to cause symptoms in the evening and nocturnal periods of the day.

Allergy and asthma can begin at any age, even to pet cats that have been in the home longer than the children have. The best way to determine the real cause of your child's illness is to consult with an Allergy and Asthma Specialist. Skin testing is not that bad, and it can not be any worse than not being able to breath adequately.

I strongly recommend that you ask your son's doctor for a referral to an allergist in your area soon.

You and your children do not have to suffer from allergy and asthma. You need to start with an exact diagnosis.

Good luck, and please let me know how things are going.

Steve Kagen, M.D.