A cough is how your child's body responds to something that bothers his or her throat or airways. Many things can cause a cough. Your child might cough because of a cold or the flu, bronchitis, or asthma. Cigarette smoke, post-nasal drip, allergies, and stomach acid that backs up into the throat also can cause coughs.
A cough is a symptom, not a disease. Most coughs stop when the cause, such as a cold, goes away. You can take a few steps at home to help your child cough less and feel better.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
May 27, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
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