School is out for summer vacation but that doesn't mean your child's health should take a back seat. When a child is recovering from a cold that pesky cough is the hardest symptom to get rid of. How do you know if they're getting over a cough or its something more serious? Luckily our friends at Charlotte Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat are here to help you detrmine what your child's cough means:
It’s a common lament of many parents: their child always seems to be sick and has a cough that just won’t go away. If you’re one of these parents, you might not know what’s causing it and when you should take your young one to the doctor. This blog would like to answer those questions.
What causes coughs?
Coughs are symptoms of a condition, not a condition themselves. Coughing is an involuntary reflex the body uses to get unwanted particles or irritants out of our airway. These include dust, liquids, or phlegm after a viral illness.
Coughs caused by colds due to viruses can last weeks, especially if a child has one cold right after another. Children often pass colds between each other, so they may actually have several colds right in a row, rather than one persistent cold. Asthma, allergies, or a chronic infection like sinusitis might cause persistent coughs.
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