Baby Fever 102 Cough

Coughing is one of the most common symptoms of the child's illness and is sometimes difficult to treat, often disturbing sleep and functioning every day.
Even though coughing sounds terrible, it's usually not a sign of a serious condition. Indeed, coughing is a healthy and important reflex that protects the airways in the throat and chest. But sometimes, coughing up your child, or yourself, will guarantee a trip to the doctor. Understanding what various types of cough means will help you know how to care for them and when to go to the doctor.
Baby Fever 102 Cough

* 5 Types of Cough and When to Call a Doctor

1.Wet and productive
What does it mean? Mucus flows behind the throat at night (known as a postnasal drip), and most likely there is a runny nose to deal with
Possible causes are Infection (such as a runny nose, sinusitis, or pneumonia), or allergies.
How to take care of it? Use saline nose drops, and offer plenty of fluids to help thin mucus. Dairy products (milk, yogurt, etc.) can often thicken mucus, so it should be limited if possible, even though young babies under one will still need milk for their daily nutritional intake. If your child has a fever with a cough, call your doctor to get rid of a more serious infection.
2. Dry and hoarse
What does it mean? There is irritation somewhere in your child's airways
Possible causes are Infections, allergens, or other irritants, such as dust, pollen, or smoke, which produce little or no mucus.
How to take care of it? Fun like you will get a wet cough, with nose drops and lots of liquid. If you suspect coughing related to allergies, do your best to limit your child's exposure and wait. Talk to your doctor if you are worried.
3. Sounds like a seal or a dog barking
What does it mean? Your child's airways are limited and/or inflamed.
Possible causes are Croup, a viral infection that is usually worse at night.
How to take care of it? Sit with your little one on your knee in the steamy bathroom for 15-20 minutes, or go outside in fresh air if it's cold (not cold). If he has significant breathing difficulties, go to the hospital for treatment.
4. Accompanied by wheezing
What does it mean? Your child has mucus to clean the outlet, or he gets a postnasal infusion.
Possible causes are Asthma or bronchiolitis, a small lung airway infection that is usually seen in children under three years of age.
How to take care of it? Meet a doctor to find out what really happened. If your child has asthma, treatment may need adjustment. If it is an infection, there might be a need for antibiotics.
5. A severe cough followed by 'roar'
What does it mean? Your little one actually takes out all the air from his lungs, then takes a deep breath.
Possible causes are a Whooping cough, a bacterial infection known as pertussis.
How to take care of it? Call the doctor at once. Antibiotics may be prescribed to make your child less contagious, but this will not treat coughing or shorten the duration. This can be a dangerous infection in babies, which is why staying on top of pertussis is very important.

* When to call a doctor

Most childhood coughs don't need to worry. However, contact your doctor if your child:
• difficulty breathing or working hard to breathe
• breathe faster than usual
• has a blue or dark shading on the lips, face or tongue
• high fever (particularly if your kid hacks yet does NOT have a runny or stuffy nose)
• fever and less than three months old
• are babies (three months or younger) who have coughed for more than a few hours
• make a 'whooping' sound when breathing after coughing
• Coughing up blood
• has a stridor (noise or music) when breathing
• wheezing when breathing (unless you already have an asthma treatment plan at home from your doctor)
• weakness, fuss or irritability
• dehydrated

* What your doctor will do

One of the best ways to diagnose a cough is to listen. Knowing what sounds like a cough will help your doctor decide how to care for your child. Treatment for various types of a cough can vary, based on the cause.
Because most coughs are caused by viruses, doctors usually do not give antibiotics for coughing. A cough caused by a virus only needs to be run. Viral infections can last for two weeks.
Except if a cough won't enable your child to rest, cough medication isn't required. They may enable kids to quit a cough, however, they don't treat the reason for coughing. If you choose to use over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine, talk to your pharmacist to ensure the right dose and to make sure it's safe for your child.

* Cough facts

A night cough: Many coughs get worse at night. When your child is cold, mucus from the nose and sinuses can flow into the throat and trigger coughing during sleep. It's only a problem if a cough won't let your child sleep. Asthma can also trigger night coughs because the airways tend to be more sensitive and irritable at night.
A daytime cough: Cold air or activity can make a worse cough during the day. Try to make sure that nothing in your home - such as air fresheners, pets, or smoke (especially cigarette smoke) - makes your child cough.
A cough with fever: A child who is coughing, mild fever, and a runny nose may have a common cold. But a cough with a fever of 39 ° C (102 ° F) or higher can sometimes be caused by pneumonia, especially if a child is weak and breathes fast. In this case, contact your doctor immediately.
A cough with vomiting: Children often cough, triggering their vomiting reflex, making them vomit. Also, a child who has a cold or an asthma cough will vomit if a lot of mucus flows into the stomach and causes nausea. Usually, this is no reason to alarm unless vomiting doesn't stop.

* Home remedies

For children one year and older, you can give one teaspoon of honey, as needed. This dilutes secretions and loosens a cough.
Help your child drink lots of fluids. Staying well hydrated will thin the mucus, making it easier to cough and blow the nose.
Push your child's head or bed to help reduce nighttime coughs. A quick and effective way to do this is to put a pillow under the head of the mattress that will slightly raise your child, and will not move and remove it at night.