A to Z Symptom: Coughenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZSymptom-enHD-AR1.jpgCoughing is a symptom, not a disease, and sometimes can help clear the airway.cough in baby, cough in babies, cough in toddlers, cough in preschoolers, cough in gradeschoolers, cough in teens, cough in kids, cough in baby, cough in babies, cough in toddlers, cough in preschoolers, cough in gradeschoolers, cough in teens, cough in kids, coughs, coughing, symptoms, a to z, glossary, dictionary, definitions, emergency, emergencies, kids with coughs, kids and coughs, coughed, kids with coughs, kids and coughs,, CD1Primary Care, CD1Pulmonology01/09/201303/25/201909/02/2019a227d934-f784-4d67-a7ad-e669bbf4236fhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-symptoms-cough.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/childs-cough.html/">Coughing</a> is a protective reflex that usually is a sign of irritation somewhere in the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/lungs.html/">respiratory tract</a>. Coughing itself is a symptom, not a disease or condition, and it can help clear blockages in the airway.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <h4><strong>Causes</strong></h4> <p>Common respiratory tract irritations that can cause coughing include inflammation from infections, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/center/allergies-center.html/">allergies</a> and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/center/asthma-center.html/">asthma</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sinusitis.html/">sinusitis</a> and postnasal drip, and irritating chemicals. A common but often unrecognized cause of chronic cough is&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12.16px;"><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/gerd-reflux.html/">gastroesophageal reflux (GER)</a>, which is when stomach acid</span><span style="font-size: 1em;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 1em;"><span style="font-size: 12.16px;">moves backward (refluxes) into the</span>&nbsp;respiratory tract.</span></p> <p>Chronic cough also happens with a wide range of other medical conditions that can irritate or affect the lungs or upper airway.</p> <h4><strong>Treatment</strong></h4> <p>Treatment depends on the cause. Most coughs that are due to a common viral infection, such as a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cold.html/">cold</a>, only need home care (lots of fluids and other comfort measures). Cough suppressants are not recommended for kids.</p> <p>Some infections, though, do require medical evaluation and treatment, such as bacterial infections, allergies, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/safety-choking.html/">inhaled objects</a>, or stomach acid reflux. Someone with a cough caused by an infection should not be around others until any fever is gone and the person is no longer considered contagious.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Coughing usually<span style="font-size: 1em;">&nbsp;is not harmful in itself. But it can be upsetting, especially when there are other symptoms, and can disrupt activities and sleep. Intense or prolonged coughing may indicate a serious or ongoing problem, such as an inhaled object or other medical issue that needs prompt medical attention. Call your doctor if you have concerns.</span></p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
AsthmaAsthma is a lung condition that makes it hard to breathe. Learn all about asthma here. https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/asthma.html/fdec47a5-6cd6-4e9d-bd40-d8f4a3e7dc08
Asthma Asthma makes it hard to breathe. But with treatment, the condition can be managed so that kids can still do the things they love. Learn all about asthma. https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/asthma-basics.html/93904ebb-464e-4afd-9e00-2509c3cef428
ChokingChoking is an emergency - so it's important to recognize the signs of choking and know what to do if happens.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/choking.html/bc428e88-85a3-4f73-9882-3a4ec8bb4c4f
ColdsColds are the most common infectious disease in the United States - and the top reason kids visit the doctor and miss school.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cold.html/b9edc12e-0507-49ec-84a9-b00b20e89827
Coping With ColdsMost teens get between two and four colds each year. Read this article for the facts on colds and ways to feel better when you catch one.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/colds.html/dd5a6c53-60f6-4e16-ad82-61dddcad1910
CoughingCoughs are a common symptom, but most aren't a sign of a serious condition. Learn about different coughs, how to help your child feel better, and when to call your doctor.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/childs-cough.html/68554637-7469-4d09-8ba7-5bb9211fcd47
CroupCroup often causes kids to have a loud cough that sounds like a seal barking. Most cases of croup are caused by viruses, are mild, and can be treated at home.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/croup.html/74193534-9eb3-4424-b13d-f36ab6db0fc4
First Aid: CoughingCoughing is a healthy reflex that helps clear the airways. A severe or lingering cough requires medical treatment, but many coughs are caused by viruses that just need to run their course.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cough-sheet.html/71371d0b-9262-4705-9d6a-56967127b77a
FluThe flu is a virus that can make you sick for a week or longer. Find out more in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/flu.html/526672bd-97aa-48f7-a785-4bb0842737b2
Flu CenterThe flu can make you sick for a week or more. Find out how to get protected from the influenza virus.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/center/flu-center.html/6d7ab47a-521c-4a09-ada9-fb1035a675be
Word! CoughA cough is a reflex that helps your body clear your throat and lungs.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/cough.html/11928760-2b80-4b05-bb9c-5bdea6bb69a2
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