It's always distressing to hear your little one cough,
especially in the middle of the night. Still, as common as this
wintertime symptom is, it's helpful to know that it often sounds
worse than it really is.
"Cough is one of the most important defenses against respiratory
tract illness," says Dr. Susanna McColley, division head of
pulmonary medicine at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
"During respiratory tract infections, mucus is secreted into the
airways as part of the response to infection; cough helps to clear
Coughs also provide valuable clues about your child's illness.
Follow our guide to figure out what's worrisome and what's not-and
help your child feel better fast.
he sound is unlike any cough you've ever heard before," says
pediatrician Mark Widome, author of Ask Dr. Mark.
When your child inhales sharply to catch her breath, she makes a
high-pitched whooping sound.
Coughing episodes typically worsen when she's lying down.
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