As a mother my diagnosis is that she may have over productive saliva glands. She just seems to be choking on her saliva when it accumulates in her throat. Is this a crazy diagnosis or is it possible? Help. Vicki, Gilbert, Arizona
A. It is possible to have a swallowing disorder and to choke or aspirate things as you try to swallow them. I think that you would expect some feeding problems and a frequent daytime cough if that were the case though.
Children with a chronic cough can be difficult to treat, as you have found. Among the top things that doctors think about when a young child is coughing for several weeks or months are:
- infections, including sinus infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, and walking pneumonia, etc.
- and asthma
A pediatric pulmonologist might also be helpful for further management and treatment.
See our cough symptom checker for more information.
Has she had a chest x-ray? If not, it would likely be a good idea to ask for one.
Does anyone at home smoke? If so, even if they smoke outside, that could be a trigger for a chronic cough.