Cough



  • Generally :

    • If your child has a cough and has not has not yet completed their pertussis series, please contact our office. Most children complete the series by 6 to 7 months of life.

    • If your child is coughing and also has a cold, the cough will frequently be caused by mucus dripping from the back of his/her nose and down into his/her throat. You can use the same methods described above for helping with congestion to help with the cough.


  • Treating a cough:

    • If your child is older than 12 months, you may give him/her a teaspoon (2.5 to 5 ml) of honey for the cough. You can give this as often as every 4 hours. If your child is having trouble sleeping at night because of the cough, you can try propping up the head of the bed. Some easy ways to do this are placing books under the mattress, or, for older children, having them sleep on extra pillows.

    • Cool humidifier use may help if your home is dry.

    • In children older than 6 years, cough lozenges (drops) have been suggested to help.


  • When a child needs to be seen by a doctor:

    • He is having difficulty breathing

    • She is wheezing or having noisy breathing

    • A cough with breathing fast even when not coughing / with fever

    • A cough lasting longer than 3 weeks