When it comes to your child's health, you shouldn't take any chances.
Not all coughs are the same. Some coughs can be due to the common cold, while other coughs can be a sign of something more serious. Knowing the different types of cough and what causes them can better help you understand what type of ailment your child might have.
1. Barking cough
If your child’s cough sounds like a dog’s bark, and if you see that he’s struggling to breathe, then it can be a sign of croup.
Croup is a viral illness in your child’s throat and voicebox that can happen if your child has a cold. Make sure to let your child drink lots of liquids and it should clear up on its own. However, it’s still best to take your child to a doctor if you suspect that they have croup.
2. Cough with phlegm
If your child’s cough sounds like there’s a lot of phlegm, then it could be caused by the common cold.
As with croup, make sure to let your child drink lots of liquids to help with the cough. You can also give them a warm bath to make them feel better and help ease the coughing. Colds usually last for 1-2 weeks, so if your child has a cold that’s longer than that, it’s best to take them to a doctor.
3. Dry, nighttime cough
If your child has coughing fits during nighttime or cold weather, or whenever your child does any physical activity, then it might be a sign of asthma.
Asthma is a condition in which the airways become inflamed and narrowed and they produce excess mucus. If you suspect asthma, take your child to a doctor to get a proper diagnosis. The sooner it can be diagnosed, the better, since the doctor can prescribe medicine to deal with asthma attacks as well as prevent it.
4. The miserable cough
If your child has a hoarse cough, muscle aches, sniffles, as well as a high fever, it can possibly be a sign of the flu.
Influenza, or the flu as it’s most commonly called, is a viral illness that affects the respiratory system. Handling the flu is pretty straightforward; make sure to give your child a lot of fluids as well as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. You should also make sure to let your child get the flu vaccine as soon as they are able to.
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