If your family is like most, you probably go through a good amount of tissues and cans of soup during the cold season. There isn't a cure for the common cold, so it makes sense if you don't take your child to the doctor every time you hear him or her cough. But, how do you know that your child's cough is due to a cold? Learn how to determine what type of cough your child has so that you know how to treat it.
If your child has a cough that sounds like it's producing a good amount of mucus, and the cough is accompanied by a slightly sore throat, a runny nose, and watery eyes, your child probably has a common cold. It's common for children to get between six and ten colds per year, so chances are there's nothing for you to worry about. However, you should contact your child's pediatrician if your child has a fever and persistent green discharge, because your child could have developed a bacterial sinus infection, which needs to be treated with antibiotics.
Wheezy, Gurgly Cough
If you notice that your child has a cough that makes a raspy, whistling sound, the cold could have progressed to
If your child has developed a dry, persistent cough that seems to get worse at night or during active play time, the cough might be caused by asthma. When you have asthma, the airways in your lungs become inflamed easily and produce excess mucus, which makes breathing difficult. If you suspect that your child's cough is caused by asthma, you should contact your child's pediatrician immediately.
Coughs accompany numerous different illnesses, so it can be difficult to determine whether or not your child needs to see the pediatrician. Knowing the traits of different types of coughs can help you determine whether it's time to make a doctor's appointment. However, if you're unsure of what's causing your child's cough or your child has any trouble