What is it?
A cough is one of the most frequent symptoms of childhood illness, not a sickness in its own right. It is a spasm of the diaphragm, which is the body’s way of ridding the airways of blockages such as phlegm. Newborn babies are not that great at coughing, so listen for wheezing and other symptoms that your baby isn’t breathing normally.

What to do

A cough caused by a cold or flu is usually the last symptom to disappear. See the doctor if there are other worrying symptoms such as fever, or if the cough appears without any apparent cause. Ease breathing by keeping the room warm and not too dry. Don’t give cough syrup to babies or small children without a doctor’s prescription.

For more detailed info on Common Childhood Conditions, go to Health24.

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