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Identify trigger: A cough is a response of the lungs to clear mucus. There are many reasons for a child to cough including infections, inflammation after infections, asthma, acid reflux, allergies, just to name a few. To appropriately treat a cough requires knowing what is causing the cough. An allergist or pulmonologist can assist in identifying the reason for the cough so a specific treatment can be offered. ...Read more
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more
Cough 1 month: This is a serious problem. You should contact your pediatrician or family doctor to obtain an examination to determine the cause of the cough. There are many possibilities of the cause. When the cause is determined , proper treatment can be given to get your child well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cough: Age of the child and presenting clinical condition are important factors to consider before answering this question.Is your child having breathing difficulty, fever, could he/she have swallowed a small object, how long has the cough been going on, is your child less than 2 years old, does he/she have asthma.Cough is a protective reflex of your large airways, a prolonged cough could be bad.Call your md. ...Read more
Mucus production: The cause of white frothy sputum with cough is due to mucus production in the lungs, nose, and sinus. This is the way our immune system gets rid of unwanted and harmful agents who enter our respiratory system. This defensive mechanism is conducted by the immune cells lining the airway with specific antibodies to protect; mucus contains products to kill the agents as well as to wash them away. ...Read more
Better to wait: The american academy of pediatrics has positioned against cold and cough medications for children, because the side effects of the medications far outweigh the benefit. They do not treat the cold virus. Unfortunately we are all susceptible to these viral illnesses which last 2-5 days, while the cough may persist a few additional day beyond. Stay patient and check with your pediatrician if needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Coughing is a natural protective event that helps clear the lower airways of small amounts of mucous. The point of onset is often a minor upper/lower airway virus of little importance (self healing). Recovery/clearing is often delayed by exposure to environmental irritants like house dust, fragrances,smoke,etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can I give my child cough and cold medicine after giving him allergy medicine almost 4 hours prior?
Allergies : That should be fine but too much medication is worse than too little so be careful to follow the instructions on the OTC bottle ...Read more
My 6 year old daughter was diagnosed with acute bronciolitis, would a warm mist humidifier help my child's cough?
Cool Myst: Cool myst humidifiers are safer because you cannot burn yourself on the steam. Also, have a fan near by to circulate the humid air. ...Read more
Cough Meds: Cough and cold meds are not safe if you child is under 4 years old. So for that age group you are stuck with warm drinks, a sucking candy, and maybe honey. For the older child, there are many choices of over the counter cough and cold medicines that you can try but don't count on any real effect except that most kids get tired from the medicine, so i would only suggest taking it at night. ...Read more
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