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 Integrative Medicine: Cough (Children & Infants) 

To help moisten the respiratory tract and thin mucus, use a cool mist humidifier in your child's room. Be sure to keep this equipment scrupulously clean so that bacteria do not collect in it.

See also Fever and/or Sore Throat if your child's cough is accompanied by either of these symptoms.

Coughing is not so much an illness as a symptom of illness. Many coughs are caused by allergies, colds, and the flu (see Allergies; Common Cold; Influenza). Less frequently, a cough maybe a sign of a more serious problem. A cough that comes on rapidly and is accompanied by wheezing, a feeling of tightness in the chest, and difficulty breathing may be caused by asthma (see Asthma). A persistent, lingering cough may be a sign of bronchitis. A child whose cough has a "barking" sound may be suffering from croup. A harsh cough that comes on after a cold and is accompanied by fever, fatigue, and difficulty breathing may be a sign of bronchiolitis or pneumonia. In very rare cases, a chronic cough may be a sign of tuberculosis.

Help your child avoid respiratory irritants and allergens, including environmental pollutants and foods to which she is sensitive. Wood-burning fireplaces and stoves can also be a source of lung irritation.

Do not expose your child to cigarette smoke. Teach your child at an early age about the dangers of smoking.

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From Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child by Janet Zand, N.D., L.Ac., Robert Rountree, MD, Rachel Walton, RN, ©1994. Published by Avery Publishing, New York. For personal use only; neither the digital nor printed copy may be copied or sold. Reproduced by permission.

(Excerpted from Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child ISBN: 1583331395)
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Janet Zand LAc, OMDJANET ZAND, O.M.D., L.Ac. is a nationally respected author, lecturer, practitioner and herbal products formulator whose work has helped thousands of people achieve better health....more
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