Tuesday, November 18, 2008

a cure for the cough?

so Peter has had chronic winter cough since he was a baby. Then after his transplant he developed a cough that never went away. For almost 2 years I have been dealing with hacking phlegmy cough, 3 bouts of pneumonia, countless rounds of bronchitis/bronchial infection and endless antibiotics. It has been keeping him up at night, causing sleep deprivation, a bad attitude, missed days of school and numerous trips to the pediatrician.

So I got an e-mail about putting vicks vapor rub on the soles of your feet to calm night time cough. I thought "What the heck, it is only $5 at walmart, I can try it".
The difference is AMAZING. We put it on his feet at night. Just slather a layer on the soles of his feet, put socks on and he doesnt cough all night. In my case it really works.

Yesterday Charles took Peter to the pediatricians, thinking he needed another antibiotic.
Instead they prescribed albuterol through a nebulizer twice a day breathing treatments.
Then the doctor noticed Peter was on Enalapril (blood pressure med). He pulled up the sheet for enalapril and it turns out that it is an ACE inhibitor and one of the side effects is a cough.
So I dont know if he has an Enalapril induced cough or not. I am going to call his cardiologist and find out if we can switch blood pressure meds, something that is not an ACE inhibitor and see if the cough clears up.

So there may be a light at the end of the tunnel with this cough (If it is an enalapril cough)
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