First Aid: Coughingenparents 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.barking coughs, whooping coughs, stridor, vomiting, throwing up, airways, windpipes, nighttime coughs, pertussis, asthma, allergies, upper respiratory infections, croup, wheezing, pneumonia, choking, exhales, inhales, sudden cough, swallowed the wrong way, daytime, cold, sore throat, irritated throat, scratchy throat, persistent cough, my baby's cough medicines, respiratory syncytial virus, rsv, inhalers, nebulizers, listless, coughing up blood, difficulty breathing, sound files, sounds of coughs, infectious diseases, ID, pulmonology, pulmonary, respiratory10/16/200906/07/201809/02/2019Kate M. Cronan, MD06/01/201871371d0b-9262-4705-9d6a-56967127b77a<p><a href=""><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="" alt="First Aid" name="4990-P_FIRSTAID_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p><a href="">Coughing</a>&nbsp;is a healthy reflex that helps clear the airways. A severe cough or one that lasts more than a week requires a medical checkup. But many coughs are caused by a virus that just needs to run its course.</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>If your child develops a &quot;barky&quot; or &quot;<a href="">croupy</a>&quot; cough, sit in a steamy bathroom together for about 20 minutes.</li> <li>Offer plenty of <a class="kh_anchor">fluids</a> (breast milk or formula for babies; cool water and juice for older kids). Avoid carbonated or citrus drinks that may irritate a raw throat.</li> <li>Run a cool-mist humidifier in your child's bedroom.</li> <li>Use saline (saltwater) nose drops to relieve congestion.</li> <li><strong>Never give cough drops (a choking hazard) to young kids or cough or cold medicine to kids under 6 years of age</strong>.</li> </ul> <h3>Get Medical Care if Your Child:</h3> <ul> <li>has severe cough spasms or attacks, wheezing, or stridor (a high-pitched sound when breathing in)</li> <li>has a cough that lasts 3 weeks, gets worse, happens the same time every year, or seems caused by something specific (such as pollen, dust, pets, etc.)</li> <li>has a <a href="">fever</a> that lasts more than a couple of days</li> <li>is younger than 3 months old</li> <li>is breathing fast or working hard to breathe</li> <li>has a blue or pale color in the lips, face, or tongue during or after coughing</li> </ul> <h3>Think Prevention!</h3> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Follow the doctor's treatment plan if your child has <a href="">asthma</a> or <a href="">allergies</a>.</li> <li>Avoid anyone who smokes or has a <a href="">cold</a>.</li> <li>Make sure your child gets the <a href="">diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccine</a> or combination booster (Tdap) on time.</li> <li>Teach kids to sneeze or cough into their albow, not their hands.</li> <li><a href="">Wash hands</a> well and often.</li> </ul>
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