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What is a good way to cure a childs cough?

What is a good way to cure a childs cough?

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

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Cough (Definition)

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


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My childs cough is not getting better after a month?

My childs cough is not getting better after a month?

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 more

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Why does my child cough every morning, but just in the mornings?

Why does my child cough every morning, but just in the mornings?

Usually...: ...Either phlegm or nasal mucus is not cleared during deep sleep, and needs to be coughed out in the morning. ...Read more

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Do ice cold liquid drinks make a child cough?

Do ice cold liquid drinks make a child cough?

YES,: If ice cold liquid makes your child cough, then avoid giving. Fluid at normal temperature always better for the kids. ...Read more

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How can you give a child cough medicine?

How can you give a child cough medicine?

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

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What will really work to get rid of my child's cough?

What will really work to get rid of my child's cough?

Depends: There are different causes of cough and depending on the cause the treatment is different. Examples include asthma, allergic rhinitis, infection. Cough medications are not recommended in children. ...Read more

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What causes a white frothy sputum in a child's cough?

What causes a white frothy sputum in a child's cough?

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

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At what age can I give my child cough and cold medicine?

At what age can I give my child cough and cold medicine?

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 more

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Will running hot water for the steam help my child's cough?

Will running hot water for the steam help my child's cough?

Steam for cough: Steam often will help loosen a cough and give a child relief. Particularly if the child has a croup-like cough (barking like a seal). Croup causes inflammation in the airways and the moisture in the air from the steam helps relieve the cough. ...Read more

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Can a child cough for few weeks and the doctor can't find the cause? Is it make sense?

Can a child cough for few weeks and the doctor can't find the cause? Is it make sense?

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 more

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What can I do to get a 9 year old child's cough to calm down enough for him to go to sleep?

What can I do to get a 9 year old child's cough to calm down enough for him to go to sleep?

Find the cause: You need to know first what is causing him to be coughing that much. Asthma, post nasal drip, regurgiation can cause cough, let his doctor evaluate him. ...Read more

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Can I give my child cough and cold medicine after giving him allergy medicine almost 4 hours prior?

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

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My 6 year old daughter was diagnosed with acute bronciolitis, would a warm mist humidifier help my child's cough?

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

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Why would the doctor prescribe an inhaler for my child's cough when she doesn't have asthma?

Why would the doctor prescribe an inhaler for my child's cough when she doesn't have asthma?

Bronchial constrictn: Most inhalers give a medication used to relieve bronchial constriction.This is common in asthma, but can also be produced in many respiratory illnesses. This includes those caused by the cold virus RSV and many others. ...Read more

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What can I do if my child have cough in night time?

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What can I do if my child have cough in night time?

Cool mist humidifier: May be helpful, especially if in a dry climate. ...Read more

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What should I do to help me child not cough so much?

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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My child was coughing in a salon shop, small cough every 2 minutes. What could this be?

My child was coughing in a salon shop, small cough every 2 minutes. What could this be?

Common cold, asthma: Children will often cough for 1-3 weeks with common viral infections (colds). Asthma is also a very common cause of a persistent cough in children. ...Read more