Cough in toddlers. Its causes, symptoms and home treatment


Coughing that appears in toddlers causes his parent to start its treatment immediately. There is no time to think about the causes of cough so cough syrups, folk remedies in the form of inhalations and other cough medicines are urgently used.

We continue to educate you how to treat colds and tell you why, in most cases, this disease in children (and also in many adults) should be treated correctly.

The fact is that before starting the treatment of cough at home, you need to determine what the kind of cough in your toddlers is.

Types of cough in a toddlers: how to recognize and treat properly?

Let’s figure it out together.

A lot of children during SARS have been touched by this affliction. But each kind of cough has its differences. Let’s try to figure out what the cause of cough in a child is, and what treatment will be the most effective.

Baby is sick and coughing … This symptom of the respiratory system’s disorder can be caused by different reasons. And in each case it requires its own treatment. Don’t hurry to run to the pharmacy for medicines at your friend’s advice. Being bought in a hurry, they can be useless or even slowing down the recovery.

Wet cough in toddler

A little kid coughs so hard that you even can hear something gurgling inside his chest. The sound is increasing then it’s determining – the sputum departs in this way.

Morning wet cough is evident in the morning and stops after the expectoration of sputum. Most likely – the reason of it is in the sputum that is accumulated in the throat or rhino pharynx.

How to get rid of wet cough?

Lore will help you to solve this problem and prescribe you necessary wet cough treatment. Home remedies such as regular rinsing of the nose with saline and moisturizing dry air in the room will also help.

You should pay attention to the level of humidity in the nursery. Mustard cough compress will be also useful for children.

Such kind of disease usually occurs without signs of heat and lasts throughout the day. It means that sputum is constantly accumulating. In short, inflammatory process is in process. In order to prevent pneumonia or bronchitis you need to show your child to a pediatrician immediately.

A large amount of sputum is typical not only for pneumonia, but also, for example, in case of inflammation of the par nasal sinuses – sinusitis. Sometimes in the occurrence of these diseases the child’s nose is not stuffed up. Therefore, if the baby’s lungs are clean, after a pediatrician, you should visit an otolaryngologist.

 Dry cough in a toddler

The dry cough in a toddler occurs because sputum is not coming out. Such kind of coughing is also called an unproductive cough. The reason is that the sputum is either too thick or not at all.

It is easy to distinguish dry deep cough from throat one by the way baby’s chest is shaking while coughing. All this is very tiring for the baby; the attack usually lasts up to several minutes. It is caused by an inflammatory process in the lungs or bronchi.

The wheezing or rigid breathing that a doctor can hear means that sputum is collected in the lungs or bronchi of the baby. In order to help getting rid of it doctors prescribe medicines that are thinning sputum and facilitate its discharge. Additionally a doctor will prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs, and with pneumonia – antibiotics.

A dry cough at night in child is not as dangerous as deep, and its attacks are not so long and exhausting. Usually such kind of coughing makes the voice of a child rather gruff.

The reason of it is an inflammatory process in the throat or in the larynx area. In this case you should refer to Lore because it’s most likely that your child is sick with pharyngitis, tracheitis or laryngitis.

The doctor will prescribe antiseptic and anti-inflammatory drugs (gargles, sprays), as well as drugs that will help to reduce swelling and redness of the throat. Hoarseness of voice can be removed by inhalations with steam and warm compresses.

Allergic cough in babies

The allergic cough causes. The allergic in babies cough occurs when the body is sensitive to irritating effects of plants or chemicals. Allergens are individual for each person.

This type of cold usually proceeds without temperature. And, as a rule, an allergic cough in toddlers is compounding at night, and during the day it’s flowing quietly. So even if sputum occurs than it has no any impurities of pus and it’s transparent. This type of disease is often accompanied by allergic rhinitis and yawning in the nose.

It may appear suddenly, with attacks and passes right after taking anti allergic drugs. The mucous membrane that protects the respiratory tract is not able to cope with the allergen; therefore, laryngeal edema can appear.

The most difficult thing is to distinguish an allergic cough in babies from a regular cold. If you suspect an allergic symptom in a baby, you must show your child to a pediatric allergist. It is necessary to struggle with allergies, otherwise the symptom can turn into asthmatic bronchitis, and staying untreated, it can also develop into bronchial asthma.

The treatment

In such cases the allergic cough home remedies are usually used. Here are some of them.

The patient’s condition by allergic coughing, sneezing, itching in the nose can be relieved by inhalations. It’s very simple to carry out this procedure at home: you just need to pour boiling water into a deep bowl or pan, put a towel on your head and bent over a container with water, inhaling deeply the steam during 5-10 minutes.

You should be careful in order not to burn your face while bending too low. If inhalation brings significant relief, you should think about buying a steam inhaler. You can add salt, essential oils (in the absence of allergies) or herbal extracts that have a disinfecting and soothing effect (for example, chamomile) in the solution.

Among all the essential oils it is preferable to use eucalyptus oil that has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effect.

Nasopharyngeal rinsing can also be useful because they help to reduce the amount of mucus that can cause respiratory problems.

Barking cough in a child

A loud, sonorous, barking cough in a child is a sign of swelling of laryngeal edema. Baby cannot clear its throat and has difficulties with breathing. In this case baby’s voice first hoarsens and then turns into a whisper or disappears at all.

Call the ambulance immediately! The urgent measures are needed to avoid spasm of the larynx.

While you’re waiting for a doctor, take a child in your arms and hold it vertically. Open up the windows so baby can breathe easier. You can also give your baby to inhale warm (not hot!) steam, for example, by opening hot water in the bathroom. Distracting warm foot baths can also help.

Give your child some warm alkaline mineral water without gas and an age-related dose of anti allergic preparation. Do not panic because this state passes rather quickly; the main thing is to take all measures in time and to remove the edema.

Habitual cough in a child

It is also called protracted, psychogenic coughing. It begins with a cold, but the throat and runny nose pass, the bronchi and lungs are cleansed, however, the process of irritation of the bronchi still continues. Such a cold will pass by itself without treatment. It is just the matter of time.

What not to do by coughing in a child?

  • Do not rush to give medicine if the baby coughed only once. Actually, it is impossible to ignore the irritation of the mucous because it can be the beginning of a dangerous disease.
  • Give your baby warm, but not hot drinks in order not to injure the mucous.
  • Do not treat the child by yourself: without knowing the true cause of the cough, you can aggravate the disease.
  • Multicomponent herbal preparations can cause allergies or aggravate the disease because of its allergic nature. So do not give them to your child without a doctor’s prescription.

Sometimes there come some questions about coughing to the site. Here is one of them.

Is it possible to combine cough with walking on the street?

We’ll answer. In fact, clean air and fresh streets are much necessary to a child who has bronchitis, and problems with the functioning of the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract than to an absolutely healthy one. Of course there exists an acute period of disease. In this period it is even hard to breathe not that to have festivities.

The high temperature, full prostration, diminished appetite… It’s the time when everyone is worried how all this will end. But when the recovery period begins, it is clear that you can walk in different ways. What do we mean saying to walk in different ways?

Well, it is clear that if the child will run on the street, it will sweat and it will dry out its mouth than it will lead to thickening of the mucous membranes and it will begin to cough even more. But calmly sitting on a bench with your grandmother, reading a book or walking in a park holding hands (or if you sit your child in its stroller) would be quite possible.

Summary is next. Whenever there is a cough then fresh air is quite vital for a child. It is clear that if the temperature is high, then you should stay at home, but the sooner after normalization of the temperature you will go out to breeze fresh air the sooner the recovery will take place.

We are now talking about really fresh air. In case if you live near the 9’thchemical plant then going out is even worse for your child. And also if it is 40 degrees of heat or 40 degrees of frost outside then you should probably stay at home.

Coughing is not a contraindication but a direct indication of a child’s being in the open air. The main thing is to avoid the excessive sweating on the street that will lead to a deterioration of the work of the mucous membranes. If this is understandable, then immediately take the child under the arm and go for a walk to the fresh air, and there we will cough.


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