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My son is 9 he has had a bad cough for weeks now i've taken him to the er and to his doctor for emergency visits they all say the same thing nothing ?

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Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Cough: There are lots of reasons we cough. It is important to remember that cough is a protective reflex for our airways. Generally a cough that is associated with an acute illness (i.e. a "cold") can last for 3+ weeks - even once all the other symptoms are gone. Other reasons for cough: Asthma (all types), gastric reflux, allergies/ irritant exposure (especially second-hand cigarette), pertussis....
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Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 23 years experience
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cough secondary to a pertussis infection can last MONTHS! Things that help: cool mist humidifier in the room where the child sleeps. Decrease/eliminate sources of irritant exposure. Keep your pediatrician apprised of changes.
Jan 8, 2015
Last updated Jan 9, 2015


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