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Coughing (persistent)

PERSISTENT COUGH

 

A persistent cough is a common cause of concern for parents. In some cases, your child may seem well in general, his cough is not bothersome nor is it getting worse and he seems to be himself. Whereas in other cases, your child may seem restless, his coughing hampers their everyday activities and results in general weakness. There are several causes of persistent coughing in children. It is therefore important to consult your doctor, who will isolate the cause and recommend appropriate treatment (Leary, 1990).

 

Possible causes of persistent coughing in children

 

Colds

The common cold, which is usually viral in origin, often causes coughing in children that ceases after approximately 2 weeks when the infection subsides. If the cough persists for more than 3 weeks, is accompanied by other symptoms and your child has a high fever, the reason could be something else. Consult your doctor to eliminate the possibility of any serious illness.

 

Asthma

Asthma is one of the major causes of persistent coughing in children. It commonly produces a wheezing sound due to the inflammation of the air passages. Rapid or difficult breathing are other symptoms frequently seen in asthmatic children.

 

Infection

Sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia and allergic rhinitis are other infections that can lead to persistent coughing in children.

 

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

When a chronic cough is accompanied by symptoms such as hoarseness and choking, the cause could be acid reflux, where the acid contents of the stomach come back up into the oesophagus.

 

Viral infection

Some children develop what is known as a ‘habit cough’ which persists after a viral infection has subsided. Symptoms include an itchy throat and dry cough that never occurs during sleep.

 

External factors

Passive smoking, air pollution, allergies and certain medications can also produce persistent coughing (buzzle.com).

 

Treatment

Treatment will vary, depending on your child’s age and the causes of his persistent cough. Your doctor will advise you as to which treatments are best.