Posted by: Worried | 2004/02/23


Coughing Kids

Good day, I have a 5 year old daughter and 3 year old son. Both of them developed a chronic cough over the past four days. The houshold is kept up the whole night with their persistant coughs. It is a dry cough, similar to a dog who has "kennelcough" and in many cases results in them vomiting.
I assume it could be a viral infection and anticipate my wife and I getting it as well. Could you suggest a treatment not only for the cough but for the cure as well. Alternatively it is to the doctors for all of us....

Expert's Reply



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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Posted by: Angie | 2004/02/24

My daughter (10) is having the same problem - what is the problem and what is the cure?

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Posted by: Worried | 2004/02/23

No not yet...

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Posted by: cecile | 2004/02/23

Has the cough cleard?

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