One of the worst parts of parenting is dealing with a sick child, because no parent wants to see their child in pain. But with all the bacteria and viruses that surround them, inevitably babies will end up getting sick every now and then. The common cold is often accompanied by a variety of symptoms, and if you've noticed your baby has a tickle in their throat, you might wonder, "why is my baby coughing?" Is it a cold or something else? With babies, it's hard to tell what is causing the cough, because they can't verbally communicate to you what they're feeling.
It's important to understand what causes a cough in the first place. According to the Mayo Clinic, coughing is your body's reaction to the irritation of air passages, sometimes from mucus or a piece of food. When nerve endings in your throat, lungs, or windpipe sense irritation, your body's reflex is to force out air through its air passages. There are two types of coughs to look for in your baby, explained Parents — a wet cough, which is usually a result of a bacterial infection and is accompanied by phlegm or mucus, or a dry cough, which is caused by a cold or allergies that irritate the throat.
But there are a few things that could be causing your baby's cough besides irritation. Just remember that it is best to get your baby evaluated by their doctor so they can offer you the best clinical diagnosis and treatment.