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10 Reasons Your Baby Might Be Coughing
January 28, 2012 | in Babysitting Jobs
If your baby has developed a cough, there are a number of possible causes to consider. Your pediatrician will want to check for additional symptoms, and ask you for some details as well, in order to identify the source. Here are 10 reasons why your baby might be coughing:
- Common Cold – Typically, the child’s cough will be accompanied by sneezing, stuffy nose, watery eyes, loss of appetite, low fever.
- Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) – Similar symptoms to a cold, but with increasingly worse coughing and labored breathing. Particularly for babies less than a year old, it can lead to more serious respiratory illnesses.
- Sinusitis – A bacterial infection of the sinus cavities. Symptoms include: a cough and runny nose lasting more than 10 days.
- Pneumonia – Initial symptoms resemble a cold, but with worsening symptoms, including: difficulty breathing, persistent cough, chills, body aches, and fever.
- Whooping Cough – Not as common since the introduction of a preventive vaccine. So-named due to the symptom of sustained coughing fits, interspersed with a difficulty breathing.
- Inhalation or Swallowing of Foreign Matter – Sometimes the cause is from the child having ingested something, which triggers a cough reflex in an attempt to dislodge and expel it.
- Allergies – We typically associate allergies with symptoms like sneezing, but a cough can also accompany an allergic reaction as a result of post-nasal drip causing mucus to build up in the back of the throat.
- Asthma – Usually includes wheezing, chest congestion, difficulty breathing, especially at night. If the child exhibits these symptoms after physical activity, this could be the culprit.
- Cystic Fibrosis – This will be identified by a persistent cough producing a thick green or yellow mucus, oily stools, and gas.
- Environmental Irritants – Check for the presence of irritants such as cigarette smoke or chemical fumes in your home, which can also trigger a coughing reaction from your baby.
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