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Pediatrics Common Questions, Quick Answers

Cough

Donna D'Alessandro, M.D.
Lindsay Huth, B.A.
Peer Review Status: Internally Reviewed
Creation Date: February 2002
Last Revision Date: April 2002


Common Questions, Quick Answers

What is a cough?

What causes a cough?

What are the different kinds of coughs and their treatments?
There are many different kinds of coughs caused by many different things. Treatment is also different. Never use cough medication for children under 2 years old before you talk to a doctor.

Cough with runny nose
Cough related to an allergy
Dry cough, tickling cough
Habit cough, psychogenic cough
Short, dry, wheezing cough
Loose, wet cough that brings up mucus
Croup

Remember that no cough medicine should be taken for longer than 3 weeks. Call your doctor if the cough has not gone away by this time.

What are signs of a serious problem?

What can I do?

When should I call the doctor?

Quick Answers

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