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My son often coughs at 3 AM. Why?

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Published At August 11, 2017
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My son is eight years old. He has dry cough from last three weeks. The doctor prescribed him one week of Erythromycin, followed by one week of Azithromycin. But he still has no relief. The cough increases in the early morning at about 3 AM. Please advice.

Answered by Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

If there is no fever or nasal discharge, then he might be asthmatic. In which case, he will need a bronchodilator and inhaled anti-inflammatory agents. The type of medicine depends on the frequency and severity of the cough, as well as episodes of night cough. His weight is also high. He needs to be evaluated for non alcoholic fatty liver disease. I suggest the following tests:

  1. Ultrasound of upper abdomen including liver for fatty changes.
  2. Complete blood count with peripheral smear examination.
  3. Lipid profile.
  4. Fasting blood sugar.

The treatment plan can be decided after the reports.

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Dr. Babu Lal Meena
Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Medical Gastroenterology

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