A cough in the absence of fever or severe distress is only an indication of irritated airways. This is mostly the result of a viral infection and I am not aware of any treatment that is truly successful. The most important thing is not to expose your children to any additional insults e.g. cigarette smoke. The normal course of the inflammation that cause these irritated airways is to resolve slowly over 7-14days. If any of the danger signs eg. high fever, shortness of breath etc. develops, or the cough does not improve within 1-2 weeks, then it will require evaluation.
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