When to Worry: A Lingering Cough

Your child's lingering cough is most likely due to the common cold, but it could be a sign of something more serious. Learn about at-home treatment methods and when you should call a doctor.


[MUSIC] Many children have a cough that just doesn't seem to go away, and it can be hard to pinpoint the cause. You child's cough is most likely the effect of the common cold. An upper respiratory infection. With more than 200 cold viruses around, your child can keep getting new infections without his symptoms necessarily changing. In this case, give non-carbonated fluids, and use a saline spray or suction syringe to clear a baby's nasal passages. You can run a cool mist humidifier at night [MUSIC] But make sure you change the water daily, and clean it regularly. However, there are lots of other possible causes of a chronic cough. Including, allergic rhinitis, or nasal allergies. Asthma, sinusitis, or sinus infections. Pertussis or whooping cough. Gastroesophageal reflux disease or even a tic or habit cough. Talk to your pediatrician about these possibilities if your child's cough worsens or lingers for more than two weeks. [MUSIC]

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