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09 Aug 2007

constant cough
hi doc my girl is 3 but is constantly coughing. She has had a food and pet allegie test both neg. Then i got another gp she tested her for TB but also neg. She had bad brochitis she was put on a antibiotic when taht course was done we hadchest xray done a week later it still showed that she had a lower tract infection. can you please help? The gp send her for some blood test so we still waiting on the result. The coughing is now for more then three months. It gets better but then it just goes bad again so it never really goes away.
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childhood diseases
paediatrician

01 Jan 0001

There are many possible causes for a persistent cough in a child of 3 years. The most common cause is asthma, but this is not likely if she is not an allergic child. TB has been ruled out which is a good thing. Another common cause is a persistent post-nasal drip, has this been excluded by her doctor? Another common cause is whooping cough, does she vomit with the cough?
It would be best to consult a paediatrician with an interest in respiratory illnessses in children. There are experts in all the main centres in SA.
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