If your child is coughing, it may seem like nothing, but depending on when your child is coughing and if your child has a wet or dry cough, it may be something to worry about. If you aren't sure about your child's cough, it's best to take your child to the pediatrician for a checkup and exam. Be sure to write down when your child is coughing and what your child is doing at the time of their coughing when you go to the pediatrician. Read on for helpful information so you know when your child's cough may be more than just a simple cough.
1. Your Child Is Coughing At Night
If your child is coughing in the middle of the night, it may be something to worry about. Your child may be up coughing at night because of allergies, because of drainage due to being ill, or because they are asthmatic. If your child has asthma and has not been diagnosed with asthma, they may be up at night coughing and it is a symptom of asthma. Make note of when your child is coughing and make an appointment with your pediatrician for a thorough exam.
2. Your Child Coughs Constantly
If your child is coughing constantly, it could be due to something such as an allergy. Your child may be allergic to something like mold or something airborne that is causing them to cough. This allergy should be diagnosed and treated, as that coughing could result in sore throats and headaches and other further health issues. It can also cause a disruption in their day to day routine and can also be a disruption with learning if your child is of school age.
3. Your Child Chokes While Coughing
If your child is coughing up a lot of phlegm and it is causing them to choke, they could have a bronchial issue. Take your child to the pediatrician to have their lungs listened to to be sure they are clear. Your child could have bronchitis or even pneumonia. Have your child drink more water to help thin their mucous and to prevent any further choking. It can also help pass the toxins from the body.
If your child is coughing and you just aren't sure what is going on, take your child to the pediatrician for a thorough checkup and exam and for any necessary treatment.
Contact your local pediatric service for more information.