A cough occurs as a reflex action by the body to clear the airways of any irritant or mucus. When a child develops a cough, it usually scares parents, because a cough can be either something temporary and easily curable or something more serious.
The condition can sometimes linger, and this makes children uncomfortable, and no parent wants to see their child in pain. Any number of factors can cause your kids’ cough. So, it is crucial to identify the primary cause to understand the right treatment for it.
Causes of Cough in Children
A cold or flu is a possible trigger for a persistent cough in children. The cough would be severely dry, and the child’s airways are usually noisy when breathing or sleeping.
Asthma can develop quickly in young children that have been continuously exposed to pollutants. The cough comes with a wheezing sound and inability to breathe properly. It can also occur after rigorous physical activity.
A cough can develop from an allergic reaction. When the child comes in contact with an allergen such as pollen or dust, cough can occur as part of the symptoms of the reaction. Other signs are a runny nose and watery eyes.
Children can also start coughing because of a mild irritation such as playing with a foreign object, inhaling an unusual smell, and others.
How to Treat your Kids’ Cough
Hydration is essential regardless of the type of cough and its cause. Ensure your child takes enough fluids (like water) every day. The liquids help to keep the membranes moist, thin out mucus, and soothe the throat.
A harrowing cough is usually accompanied by a blocked and/or runny nose. Create a steam room by running the hot shower and closing the door or boiling potatoes and then placing them into a bowl. Get your child to hold their head over the bowl and inhale the steam to clear the throat and nose. Make sure to put a towel over the child's head, so the steam doen't escape easily.
Some doctors say honey is natural cough medicine. It tastes delicious and is effective in clearing the throat and quieting a cough. It also improves sleep quality in children.
● Cough syrup
If your child is over 2 years old, getting them to take Childlife Essentials cough syrup can ease the symptoms and even treat the condition altogether. We often suggest using Echinacea along with the cough syrup to help the immune system at the same time (Echinacea can be given from 6 months old).
● See a doctor
If the cough is lingering for a while and you're concerned, going to your GP is suggested to get a professional opinion and possibly tests done. Your doctor will then inform you of the right medical treatment.