It is common for toddlers, meaning children between the agesof 12 and 36 months, to cough. But most parents become worried when their child keeps on coughing for a longer period of time with no apparent reason. Or so they think. In fact, there are numerous causes ofa persistent cough in toddlers. The best possible solution would be to call your doctor’s office and schedule an appointment. Only a medical professional can establish the exact reason of a child’s persistent coughing.
In this article, we will discuss the most common causes of a lingering cough in toddlers, from the popular cold to more serious health issues that your child might have.
The Most Common Reasons Your Toddler Keeps Coughing
The list of causes of a nagging cough in small children is very long. Fortunately, most cases of persistent cough in toddlers can go away with treatments that every parent can try at home. For further reading on toddler cough remedies check Home Remedy Shop’s website, which offers a list of 22 home remedies for persistent cough in kids, including herbal remedies, and the do’s and don’ts while on those treatments.
1. A Common Cold
When their child is coughing for some time, most parents believe it is common cold. If the toddler is also sneezing, has a runny nose, watery eyes, and appetite loss, a common cold might be indeed to blame.
Croup is an unusual cough thatsounds like a bark. Most of the times, this cough becomes worse at night. Moreover, when the child breathes in, you may also hear a whistling sound known as stridor. Croup is likely behind that too. Thankfully, even if this type of cough sounds very bad, it is not dangerous. You cantreat it at home, but the safest solution would be to see a doctor.
3. Asthma or Allergies
When your child seems to always have a cold no matter the season or temperature, you should considerallergy. Independent of the cause, allergies come with a runny nose, sneezing, and coughing. Environmental pollution or cigarette smoke may also trigger a persistent cough in your toddler.
Additionally, a child affected by asthma will also cough for a long time. Pay attention to your child and see if they also have trouble breathing. A sick child will also wheeze and experience chest congestion. If the child starts coughing after running or playing, asthma might be to blame too.
4. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
This virus affects most babies and small children, but kids of any age can get it. Usually, its symptoms are similar to those of a common cold, but with a more severe cough and heavy breathing. It strikes once a year, between the months of November and March and it is as dangerous as a cold. If the baby is younger than one year of age, it can trigger other respiratory problems. In toddlers, this is less frequent.
If your toddler has had a runny nose and has been coughing for over ten days, he may have sinusitis. This is a bacterial infection in the sinus cavities that causes a persistent cough because of increased levels of mucus.
6. Bronchitis or Pneumonia
Bronchitis is an infection of the air tubes (bronchi), which are the tubes through which air gets into the lungs. It usually causes a nasty cough for a few weeks. Pneumonia, which is a lung infection, may look like a common cold at first. However, if the symptoms persist, visit a doctor. In both cases, the physician will prescribe antibiotics to your toddler.
So, if your toddler has been coughing for a long time and doesn’t seem to stop, there might be many causes involved. You need to pay close attention to your child and observe their behavior. While in some cases home remedies can easily fix the problem, in other cases a lingering cough may hidea serious health issue. The best thing that you can do for your child is taking him to the doctor and taking it from there.