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Should I worry about my child's cough?

Coughing is part of your child's body doing its job to rid the throat of foreign particles, irritants, microbes, mucus, and bacteria – among other allergens. There are two types of cough – a dry, itchy cough and a chesty cough (also called a productive cough because it generates phlegm).

Causes of a cough

· Common Cold: Most coughs are part of a cold that includes the lower airway. The medical name is viral bronchitis. The bronchi are the lower part of the airway that goes to the lungs. A virus always causes bronchitis in children. This includes cold viruses,

influenza, and croup. Bacteria do not cause bronchitis in healthy children.

· Sinus Infection: The exact mechanism of the cough is unknown. It may be that post-nasal drip irritates the lower throat. Or pressure within the sinus may trigger the cough reflex.

· Allergic Cough: Some children get a cough from breathing in an allergic substance. Examples are pollens or cats. Allergic coughs can be controlled with allergy medicines, such as Benadryl.

· Asthma: Asthma with wheezing is the most common cause of chronic coughs in children.

· Cough Variant Asthma: 25% of children with asthma only cough and never wheeze. The coughing spells have the same triggers as asthma attacks.

· Air Pollution Cough: Fumes of any kind can irritate the airway and cause a cough. Tobacco smoke is the most common example. Others are auto exhaust, smog, and paint fumes.

· Exercise-Induced Cough: Running will make most coughs worse. If the air is cold or polluted, coughing is even more likely.

· Serious Causes: Pneumonia, bronchiolitis, whooping cough, and foreign airway object

If your child is having any of the breathing issues below, see your doctor right away:

· Struggling for each breath or shortness of breath

· Tight breathing so that your child can barely speak or cry

· Ribs are pulling in with each breath (called retractions)

· Breathing has become noisy (such as wheezes)

· Breathing is much faster than normal

· Lips or face turn a blue color

What medicine helps relieve a chest cough?

Should your child have symptoms of a chesty cough, Correct Dose Children's Cough & Chest Congestion DM can help. Made for a chest cough, it is a pre-measured dose for children four years and older.

The worry of pouring out the proper dose into a cup or syringe is difficult, and errors can occur when your child is upset and coughing. The active ingredients are dextromethorphan and Guaifenesin, which can help with any quiet cough and break up mucus. Made for precision dosing, portable single-use vials mean no measuring, spilling, and no contamination risk. Each single-use vial is wrapped in protective child-resistant packaging to prevent accidental overdosing and cross-contamination. The travel-ready vials can be taken anywhere you go.

More information on children's cough can be found on the American Academy of Pediatrics website:


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