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She coughed at the baby

She coughed at the baby

Question:

- I have a boy of 6 years and always feels that he has secretions in the throat, it bothers him and coughs. He took an antibiotic but to no avail. What do you advise me?

Answer:

Coughing is a defense mechanism of the body against airway aggression. This aggression can be represented by: secretions, inflammations, irritating lesions or foreign bodies in the airways. Any factor that causes inflammation, constriction, infiltration or airway compression can trigger coughing.

Coughing is a defense mechanism of the body against airway aggression. This aggression can be represented by: secretions, inflammations, irritating lesions or foreign bodies in the airways. Any factor that causes inflammation, constriction, infiltration or airway compression can trigger coughing.
Examples of such factors:

  • atmospheric irritants: smoke, dust, steam, pollutants, cold air
  • secretions from the upper airways, in case of rhinitis, adenoiditis, tonsillitis, pharyngitis; sometimes, in rhinitis and rhinitis, purulent secretions leak onto the posterior wall of the pharynx, causing cough, in the absence of other clinical signs of the disease.
  • gastric content, in case of gastroesophageal reflux
  • lower respiratory infections: bronchitis, bronchiolitis, pneumonia
    bronchial asthma.
    Therefore, before combating cough, it is important to determine and treat the cause. For this purpose, anamnesis can provide important information: if the cough is acute or chronic, dry or productive, it is accompanied by fever or other symptoms (chest pain, swallowing pain, heartburn, regurgitation), information that is supplemented with the data of a medical clinical examination I can make a diagnosis.
    That is why I advise you to consult a family doctor and / or an ENT specialist.
    If there is no organic cause of cough, you must also consider a psychological cause: in children cough can be a tic, a psychological reaction to stress, in which case cough should be addressed as such, through psychotherapy .
    Alina Pop-Began
    - Resident physician - Anesthesia and Intensive Care -
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