When your kid has a cough that just won't quit, it can be maddening. You just want to be able to do something, anything, to make them more comfortable, especially when they're hacking away at night. Fortunately, there are some helpful hacks to make your kid's lingering cough go away so they feel — and sleep — better (and you do too).
Before you start treating the cough, it's important to understand what kind of cough you're dealing with because it might not be as straightforward as it seems. A lingering cough can be a sign of inflammation of the airways from a bad cold, but it can also be due to allergies or even acid reflux, explains Richard A. Honaker, MD, a Family Practice physician and a senior medical advisor for Your Doctors.Online, in an interview with Romper.
Another thing to consider is something called cough-variant asthma, which is marked by a dry, chronic cough lasting more than 6 to 8 weeks, according to Lauren Fine, MD, an allergist/immunologist and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, in an interview with Everyday Health. Yet, while the condition is common in young children, it can be difficult to diagnose because "kids under 4 years of age may be too young to do the breathing test,” according to Fine.
When in doubt, it's always a good idea to get your pediatrician's advice. Once you know what's causing your little one's cough, it's way easier to manage. Here are five helpful cough hacks from medical experts.