Children's Cough Causes and Treatments - Treatments
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What are the various therapies and home remedies for childhood cough?
Due to the diversity of causes (etiologies) of childhood cough the therapies
available need to be directed to the proper causative agent.
Routine upper respiratory infections
("common cold") respond best to rest, fluids, and tender loving care.
Multiple studies have demonstrated no benefit for the various over-the-counter
(OTC) medications. Moreover, a number of studies have demonstrated
potential side effects to children below six years of age due to the nature of
the medications included in these formulations.
Use of a cool mist
humidifier may be very helpful for the treatment of the laryngeal ("voice box")
swelling associated with croup. Occasionally a single dose of an
anti-inflammatory medication dexamethasone
(Decadron, DexPak) is indicated.
infections (for example, pneumonia, sinus infections) respond well to selected
Wheezing is treated with various inhaled medications, and if
there is a concern regarding aspiration of a foreign object it may require
removal by bronchoscopy (see above).
GERD may be treated via thickening of
formula for infants and/or oral medications depending of severity of symptoms
and complications of acid reflux into the esophagus. Treatment of rare
conditions (for example, cystic fibrosis) utilizes a team approach to control
and minimize the course of these diseases.