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my 5 year old son has had a dry persistant cough since october it flares up then dies down but isn't unwell with it what could it be? often at night

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Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience Pediatrics
Asthma possible: Recurrent and chronic coughing can be a result of untreated or undiagnosed asthma, or other problems including infection, acid reflux, allergies or structural problems of the heart or lungs. A complete history and physical by your physician should be performed.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014
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Dr. Holly Maes
35 years experience Pediatrics
Suspicious asthma: A chronic cough that is often worse at night frequently is a symptom of a type of reactive airway disease (asthma). If your pediatrician has not been able to help you with this, recommend a pediatric pulmonologist or allergist. The other thing to consider is inhalation of a foreign body, although 5 is a bit old for this to commonly happen. Do you recall a choking episode around time this started?
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
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