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4 yr old cant get rid of cough

My 4 yr old daughter can’t seem to get rid of this cough. It’s started about October as a normal cold. After about 4-5 days the only thing that didn’t clear up was a cough. It was so bad she coughed all night. We used cough medicine, Vicks rub, cold steam vaporizer, hot showers, nothing worked..  We finally took her to the doctor and the doctor said there’s nothing wrong, the cough was just from the cold virus.. It seemed to be getting little bit better, the odd cough in the night but nothing that kept her or us up all night..

Then December came and back came the constant coughing all night and no sleep. So we went back to the doctor. She examined her and said it was a sinus infection and her night time cough was due to nasal discharge dripping down the back of her throat, plus her eyes and sinuses looked a little puffy. She was given amoxicillin (antibiotic) and took it for like 10 days, plus was given 2  inhalers, flovent and ventolin. It was almost like magic. She took the meds and the cough stopped!!!. She continued to take the meds until finished and everything seemed ok. About 2 days after, she started to cough again!!! now she even coughs during the day when she is doing activity.

Again we took her to the doctors, well actually to the ER because we could not get her into her doc.. The ER  doc again gave her amoxicillin but a stronger dose and to be taken for a longer time. I didn’t think you could give the same antibiotic twice? Well it’s not working, I think she needs something else?

Sometimes her nose runs and sometimes it doesn’t. Is this just simply Winter allergies or winter asthma?. We live in Canada and have the furnace running alot to keep warm. does that have anything to do with it? What about the cold air?. Because as soon as spring and Summer come, the cough stops. so obviously it has to do with the winter months? Please help

Any suggestions or advice would be grateful
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Hello and hope you are doing well.

Her symptoms of consistent cough could be due to Asthma. It can be triggered by cold in the winter months. It is a disease affecting the lungs causing narrowing of the airways, usually due to an allergic reaction to triggering factors. Therapy is with bronchodilators which cause the airways to dilate. Have her evaluated for the same. This can be detected by a spirometry test.
  
Hope this helped and do keep us posted.
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