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Tic Cough In Children
Yes.: Tics of some kind occur in up 25 percent of children at some time and spontaneously resolve. If the tic persists or there are other signs such also having movement issues, they are frequent and last more than a year or new tics develop over time this is something that should be evaluated. A simple cough tic should go away, but the child should also be checked for a physical cause of the cough. ...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
7 y/o with ?Asthma and tic disorder, coughing a lot, more at rest than when active (but happens both circumstances). Could the cough be a tic?
Yes: A child with previously know tic disorder may demonstrate new tics as he or she grows up. Most tics do not necessarily need to be treated. The key thing to evaluate is whether the coughing is causing any functional difficulties such as problems with speech or school difficulties. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
16 y/o. I have a mild breathing tic so when I eat I feel like I am aspirating some but I don't cough. Am I aspirating or just paranoid + pneuomia risk?
Panic: This is a panic episode, very common with anxiety. I would slow your breathing down by blowing in a paper bag and slow deep breaths over a minute. You can see a child psychiatrist on our staff at health tap, or outside in person for tools to generate to treat this over time. Also, behavioral tools to manage the anxiety. I'm Ivy Fisher and you are unlikely to aspirate, get pneumonia, get tics.... ...Read more
I have a constant dry cough that I can't control like tics and In the morning I get this thick sticky light yellow phlem that I cough up. What is this?
Many: Changes of routine, as in the beginning of school after a vacation, often trigger tics. Although these situations can't always be avoided, you can prepare yourself that the tics may increase, and not get upset over it. Stimulants, such as caffeine, chocolate & otc decongestants may trigger tics. Illnesses may also, particularly if the child has panda's. Here's the nmih website on it http://intr. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Duration: Tics come in many forms--vocal or motor, transient or chronic, simple or complex. Transient tics (vocal or motor) last only for a few days or weeks or occur only occasionally, usually under increased stress; they are quite common especially in boys 6-9 years old. They are benign, do not require treatment, and nearly always resolve spontaneously. A eye or cheek twich is a common example. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pharmacology: Tics are repetitive, involuntary, stylized, motor movements involving a single or complex group of muscles. Chemicals that are stimulatory in nature, such as caffeine or methylphenidate, may excite muscle fibers to contract more easily. Brain control of muscle firing may also be increased with these substances. Tics are worsened by stimulants, not caused by them. See my health guides on panda's. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I was just wondering if it is likely my children will have a motor tic as I have a undiagnosed tic ( I believe it's from stress and or sleep deprived)?
What is the reason why children develop tics, does it have to do with trauma or neurological damage?
Neither or both: Tics can occur developmentally around seven years old and dissipate by teenage. However, severe motor movement disorders can be caused by panda's, or inherited as a disease such as generalized anxiety disorder, ocd, or phobias. See the following link: http://www.Pedrheumonlinejournal.Org/april/reviewarti.Htm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cough medicine: In children over 1 year of age, a teaspoon of honey is recommended for its demulcent and natural properties in soothing a cough. Cough syrups contain ingredients which can raise blood pressure and heart rate in children...without reducing cough any better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: But not all the time. Nasal allergies are not a frequent cause of a really bad persistent cough. In a child with allergies and a really bad cough (assuming no fever) I would be concerned about a reactive airway/asthma type condition. If the child also had eczema I would be even more concerned. ...Read more
Depends on cause: Runny nose and cough that are part of a cold or viral infection will resolve on their own after 7-10 days. If the symptoms are part of allergies, they should respond to antihistamines such as zyrtec, allegra, claritin, (loratadine) etc. Another cause is sinus infection and that would resolve with antibiotics. Unfortunately there is not just one easy treatment as there are many causes. ...Read more
Not recommended: Cough and cold meds are not usually recommended for children under 4 years old. This is because they may have more serious side effects and there is no proven benefit from most of them. Give your child plenty of clear fluids, run a cool mist humidifier, suction her nose with saline and a bulb syringe. If she has a fever >101 or other symptoms, see her doctor. ...Read more
Could u pl let know the reasons having cough only in night & not in day time in adults & also in children.If allergies, how to find tht what allergy is?
Depends on Cause: Otc cough suppressants for children contain mainly dextromethorphan, a mild cough suppressant. Some studies show honey to be equally/more effective for soothing cough (never give to children <1yo). If caused is posterior nasal drip, consider use of antihistamine. If due to inflammation (wheezing) in lungs, child may benefit from bronchodilator tx (albuterol) and/or steroid therapy. ...Read more