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My girl is going to be 2.5 years old now.

Recently she is getting cough easily. She has just recovered from a 2-week cough. After a week, the cough seems come back again. Usually the cough gets worse during the time she sleeps, especially at night. I feel so sad to see her taking medicine “non-stop”..

Any way to prevent her from getting cough so frequent?  What food/vitamin should I give her to boost her antibodies? I have not sent her to nursery yet so I really hope she can get stronger before entering nursery, otherwise she will get sick easily.

Please advise.


Sheau Theng

Asked by Sheau Theng - Posted 6 years, 3 months, 2 weeks, 5 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes ago.

Dear Sheau Teng,

First of all, I think you need to bring her to see a paediatrician for her cough which gets worse at night to determine the cause of her symptoms.

With the limited information that I have from your email, your daughter is probably having recurrent upper respiratory tract infection which is a very common observation among the toddlers. You probably do not need to worry too much if her symptoms resolved within about 2 weeks without any complications such as ear or lung infection. She is going to be a normal healthy child as long as she is thriving well with good weight gain and normal growth and these symptoms will become less frequent as she grows.

There is no specific vitamins or supplements/food that can prevent a toddler from getting recurrent cough and cold. Influenza vaccine may prevent influenza illness caused by Influenza A, B and Influenza A H1N1 but not common cough and cold due to other viruses.

Most of these upper respiratory tract infections are caused by virues that will probably just need some symptomatic treatment and the children will recover without any complications. In fact, many children do not need any medications and the cough and flu will settle without treatment as most of these viral infections are self-limiting illnesses.Teach her from very young age on personal hygiene especially hand washing may help sometimes.

Thank you.

Best regards,

Dr Pong Kwai Meng
MBBS(Mal), M.Med.(Paeds), AM
Full registration No.: 30451
Consultant Paediatrician and Neonatologist

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