Your kid has been coughing for over two weeks, and the chronic cough does not look like it will end anytime soon.
A cough is one of the symptoms of respiratory tract infection or a viral infection like the common cold.
According to the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health’s medical research agency in the US, coughs commonly result from allergies involving the nose or sinuses, sinusitis with post-nasal drip, asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (where patients have trouble breathing), the common cold or flu, or lung infections like pneumonia and acute bronchitis.
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In more serious cases, coughs can also result from using certain blood pressure medications or are a symptom of heart failure, kidney disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD, a digestive disorder where the stomach’s contents flow back up into the oesophagus) and lung diseases.
Here’s how to stop a prolonged chronic cough that could cause long-term damage if not nipped in the bud:
Text: Young Parents / Additional reporting: Natalya Molok