I tell you, when it is your own child why does all your knowledge go flying out the window!!! :uhoh21: I am not a pulmonary nurse but I could use any "opinions" if possible.
My 4 year old child has had a cough for about a week. No other s/s at all. Just would say the cough was bothersome. Seemed to increase at nighttime. This morning he woke up with a hoarse type of cough and I thought I heard wheezing. I ran to get my stethoscope and listened and initially heard expiratory wheezing, respirations at 32 bpm. Stated difficulty breathing no retractions, no resp distress. The cough sounded "generous" if that makes any sense at all. Not full of phlegm but had substance in sound to it, like a dry cough. I kept putting my stethoscope on and then I was hearing all the abnormal lung sounds just because I was listening and looking for them. Oddly enough it has been very humid for the past 2 days. I kept him home with me today and he has improved but has a dry cough, maybe coughing about every 15mins. No other s/s at all.
I really sat here for a long time go over the "facts" and debating, do I call the pediatrician then I thought well, his Well CHild checkup is in a week so I could wait til then or is this more serious. Now I am thinking was this croup? But it really wasn't a barky cough at all and he has had a persistent cough all week. What do you all think? Just looking for some direction here.