Coughs in Children

Signs, Symptoms & Causes

Questions to Ask


Coughing can be a sign of many problems. Your child’s body uses coughing to clear the lungs and airways. Coughing itself is not the problem. What causes the cough is the problem. Children usually get coughs from an infection in the nose and throat.


Here are some other reasons for your child to cough:

•  Asthma.

•  Bronchitis. This is a respiratory tract infection.

•  A cold or the flu.

•  Croup.

•  Measles.

•  Smoking or secondhand smoke.

•  Swollen adenoids. (This can lead to an infection.)

•  Whooping cough. A vaccine for this is part of the DTaP shot.

How to treat a cough depends on what kind it is, what caused it, and the other symptoms. Treat the cause and make the pain better.

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