Cough: basics and causes

What are the most common causes of coughing in children?

The list of possible coughing triggers in the child is long. But most of the time a tiny thing is to blame: a virus. Acute viral upper respiratory infection is by far the most common cause of acute cough. So about a trivial cold, but also a sinusitis, in which it is coughing off effluent secretions (Sekrethusten). Often, the coughs plague the children especially when falling asleep, because then the secretion runs from the nose to the back.

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Why are you actually coughing?

When coughing air is in principle ejected jerkily from the respiratory tract. And by reflexive contraction of the respiratory muscles. This is usually done as a sensible protective measure of the body to clean the airways.

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Is it alarming when my child coughs again and again?

Coughing is very common in children, especially before school age. A frequency of 8 to 12 colds or coughs per year is still considered normal.

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What type of cough is typical for what?

Coughing is not the same as coughing. He can come dry or with plenty of expectoration, he can rattle or bark rather and he can hurt or not. The type of cough gives indications of possible causes:

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How long may coughing in children last?

The duration of coughing depends on the cause of the cough. Most commonly, this is an acute upper respiratory tract infection that leads to other concomitant symptoms. With the decay of the cough is then expected after about 1 week.

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How do you recognize the typical cold cough?

The cough that occurs during a cold typically has two phases: first, it starts dry or "unproductive," as doctors call it. This irritant cough is usually unpleasant, sometimes painful and can sometimes lead to vomiting in children.

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What is a dry cough?

A dry cough is a dry, unproductive cough with little or no sputum. For children (and adults, of course) he can become a real plague.

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Why is coughing of children often causing vomiting?

Dry irritated coughing can easily lead to vomiting in children, as their gastric occlusion is not yet fully developed. As a result, the coughing fits can bring stomach contents up.

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What does bloody cough mean to the child?

If your child coughs up or spits out a rusty-brown or foamy-bloody secretion, that's not always as threatening as it looks. You should go to the pediatrician anyway. In most cases, the source of bleeding is located in the nasopharynx, which encourages hyperthyroidism fortunately only faked.

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What is sputum?

A sputum or expectorate is the sputum that a so-called productive cough exposes and transports out of the respiratory tract. That is what you try to do with the handkerchief in front of your mouth to prevent uncontrolled long-distance flight.

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