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When should I worry about a chronic cough in a seven year old with a history of asthma but not asthma attacks in two years?

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Dr. Harris Cohen
Family Medicine
8 doctors agree

In brief: Asthma

Chronic cough in a seven year old with an asthma history can be a signal that the asthma is not well-controlled, despite the absence of "attacks".
Your child should be evaluated by their physician, as they may benefit from preventive treatment. Chronic cough may also be caused by a host of other conditions, so your child would benefit from a visit to their doctor.

In brief: Asthma

Chronic cough in a seven year old with an asthma history can be a signal that the asthma is not well-controlled, despite the absence of "attacks".
Your child should be evaluated by their physician, as they may benefit from preventive treatment. Chronic cough may also be caused by a host of other conditions, so your child would benefit from a visit to their doctor.
Dr. Harris Cohen
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Dr. Joel Selter
Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma
6 doctors agree

In brief: Chronic cough

Oftentime chronic coughing is the first sign of asthma, even without wheezing.
Chronic cough could also be a sign of reflux , allergies, postnasal drip, sinus and other conditions. I do believe it is worthwhile discussing this with a cough specialist such as an allergist or pulmonary doctor.

In brief: Chronic cough

Oftentime chronic coughing is the first sign of asthma, even without wheezing.
Chronic cough could also be a sign of reflux , allergies, postnasal drip, sinus and other conditions. I do believe it is worthwhile discussing this with a cough specialist such as an allergist or pulmonary doctor.
Dr. Joel Selter
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Dr. Maureen Mays
Get the kid in to his/her doctor. The chronic cough likely means that the asthma is not fully treated and this can have a longterm effect on the child's growth, health, ability to exercise, play, etc.
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine

In brief: Asthma & cough

Generally, you don't have to worry.
Asthma is a well known cause of chronic cough. As long as your child is breathing comfortably you do not need to change his/her medication. The other common causes of chronic cough are allergies and post-nasal drip, which are annoying but not serious. As long as there is no fever and no thick gray, greenish sputum, there are no reasons for concern.

In brief: Asthma & cough

Generally, you don't have to worry.
Asthma is a well known cause of chronic cough. As long as your child is breathing comfortably you do not need to change his/her medication. The other common causes of chronic cough are allergies and post-nasal drip, which are annoying but not serious. As long as there is no fever and no thick gray, greenish sputum, there are no reasons for concern.
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