Cough in babies: tips and therapy
August 15, 2023
7 minutes reading time
Today I would like to talk to you about a topic that I am sure many of you have experienced: Cough in babies. As a physician, I deal with this symptom frequently in my practice, and it is important to understand how to respond properly. In this blog post, I’ll give you some tips and insights into treatment options for coughs in babies.
Causes of cough
Cough in babies can have several causes. Often, these are viral infections such as colds, where coughing occurs as the body’s defense mechanism to clear mucus and irritants from the airways. Allergies, smoke exposure, or even a stuffy nose can also cause coughing. In some cases, it can also indicate more serious conditions, which is why an accurate diagnosis is important.
When should you see a doctor?
QIf your baby has a cough, you should be especially attentive. A simple viral cough can usually resolve within one to three weeks. However, you should see a doctor if the cough lasts longer than expected, is accompanied by fever, breathing difficulties occur, or you are concerned about your baby’s health.
Doctor visit and therapy
If the cough persists or worsens, it is important to see a pediatrician. The doctor will make an accurate diagnosis and suggest appropriate treatment depending on the cause of the cough. In some cases, inhaled therapy or other medications may be necessary.