This past week, WeeMan has developed a brutal cough and stuffy nose, that seems to only affect him in the wee hours of the night. Upon this starting, it has led to a lot of sleepless nights and a very worn down Mommy & Grama. When it comes down to health ailments, we always turn to the Internet for some helpful information on what we are experiencing, and we came across a helpful article on KidsHealth.org.
The article takes us through several different types of coughs that you could experience with your child. As well as it goes through explaining the symptoms that you will see. We deemed it necessary to share this article with you as we felt it was not only very helpful to us, but made us feel more comfortable understanding our children’s coughs and what we should do next.
Understanding Your Child’s Cough
Coughs are one of the most common symptoms of childhood illness. Although a cough can sound awful, it’s not usually a sign of a serious condition. In fact, coughing is a healthy and important reflex that helps protect the airways in the throat and chest.
But sometimes, your child’s cough will warrant a trip to the doctor. Understanding what different types of cough could mean, will help you know how to take care of them and when to go to the doctor.
Barky coughs are usually caused by a swelling in the upper part of the airway. Most of the time, a barky cough comes from croup, a swelling of the larynx (voice box) and trachea (windpipe).
Croup usually is the result of a virus, but can also come from allergies or a change in temperature at night. Younger children have smaller airways that, if swollen, can make it hard to breathe. Kids younger than 3 years old are at the most risk for croup because their airways are so narrow.
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