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Health Tip: Dealing With a Child's Cough

Health Tip: Dealing With a Child's Cough

09/27/13

(HealthDay News) -- Parents may become fearful at the first signs of a child's cough. But experts say a cough is the body's way of protecting itself against respiratory damage.

The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology offers this advice about coughs that develop in children:

  • A lingering daytime cough that follows a viral respiratory infection probably doesn't need treatment, and should subside in a week or two.
  • See the pediatrician if your child's cough lasts longer than you think it should.
  • Also see the pediatrician if your child can't engage in daily activities because of the cough, or if your child is coughing up blood.
  • Many cough medicines are not effective in children.
  • Schedule a consultation with an allergist or immunologist if you think your child's cough may be triggered by allergies or asthma.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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