Why my child is coughing?
A cough is a reflex action to clear your airways of mucus and irritants such as dust or smoke.Coughs may be ‘dry or ‘chesty’. They are also classified according to how long they last:
- Acute cough lasts for less than four weeks.
- Sub-acute cough gets better over four weeks period.
- Chronic cough lasts for longer than eight weeks.
What are the possible causes of chronic cough?
Cough that persists for long periods of time may signal an underlying problem. Some causes of persistent coughs include:
- Acute sinusitis
- Hay Fever
- Childhood asthma
- Common cold
- Cystic fibrosis
- Gastric reflux
- Influenza infection
- Chronic sinusitis
- Postnasal drip
- RSV virus
What is whooping Cough?
Whooping cough is another name for the pertussis, an infection of the airways caused by the bacteria bordetella pertussis. Kids with this infection will have spells of back to back coughs without breathing in between. At the end of the coughing, the kids will take a deep breath in that makes a “whooping” sound. Other symptoms of pertussis are a runny nose, sneezing, mild cough, and a low fever.A “barking-type” cough can also be present in children who have tracheomalacia, an underlying structural abnormality of the main airway.
Will coughing damage my child’s lungs and chest?
No. In children who are otherwise healthy, coughing itself does not damage your child’s lungs or chest.
When should I see a doctor about my child’s cough?
- You should take your child to a doctor if your child has a cough and breathing difficulty, vomiting, or high fever.
- If you think your child may be choking on something like a toy or piece of food, you should seek medical help immediately.
- It probably is not necessary to take your child to see a doctor if the child’s cough has been going on for less than 4 weeks. If the cough goes on for more than 4 weeks, you should take the child to see a doctor.
What can I do to help my child’s cough?
- Use a saline nasal spray or nose dropsas often as needed to keep your child’s nasal passages moist and reduce swelling.
- Placing a cool-mist humidifier in your child’s room can also keep nasal passages moist.
- Honey may help relieve cough in children, but don’t give it to a child younger than 1 year. The recommendation for honey is 1/2 teaspoon for children ages 2 to 5; 1 teaspoon for ages 6 to 11; and 2 teaspoons for ages 12 and up, once or twice a day.
- Cough drops may help soothe the throat in children age 4 and older.
- Elevating the head of the bed or having your child sleep on an incline can help.
- Make sure your child drinks plenty of fluids. Drinking more fluids can prevent dehydration, help reduce fever, and loosen congestion.
My child is coughing and wheezing in same time?
If your child makes a wheezing sound when breathing out, this could mean that the lower airways are swollen. This can happen with asthma or with a viral infection (bronchiolitis). In addition, wheezing sometimes can happen if a foreign object blocks the lower airway.
My child mainly have nighttime cough?
Lots of coughs get worse at night. When your child has a cold, the mucus from the nose and sinuses can drain down the throat and trigger a cough during sleep. This is only a problem if the cough won’t let your child sleep.Asthma also can trigger nighttime coughs because the airways tend to be more sensitive and irritable at night.
My child has cough with a fever?
A child who has a cough, mild fever, and runny nose probably has a common cold. But coughs with a fever of 39° Celsius or higher can sometimes mean pneumonia, especially if a child is weak and breathing fast.
My child is coughing and vomiting in same time?
Kids often cough so much that it triggers their gag reflex, making them throw up. Also, a child who has a cough with a cold or an asthma flare-up may throw up if lots of mucus drains into the stomach and causes nausea. Usually, this is not cause for alarm unless the vomiting doesn’t stop.
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