Health Tip: Dealing With a Child's Cough
(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
- 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
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