Childhood coughs are distressing for both the child and the parents. Children suffer more frequently from coughs and colds than adults do. This is because a child's immune system is not fully mature, and exposure to everyday bacteria and viruses quickly leads to infection. Children often have a dry cough at the early stages of an infection, which then develops into a cough with phlegm as the illness progresses.
Children will recover from most coughs on their own provided adequate rest, a good diet and a warm, hygienic environment. If the cough develops into a cough with phlegm, you can help the natural process of eliminating excess phlegm by giving your child a gentle but effective expectorant such as Mucosolvan®. Always read the information sheet carefully before giving any medication to a child.
Some childhood coughs may be a symptom of an illness that demands professional medical advice. Asthma is a childhood illness that is growing in prevalence in many countries. Asthma is an inflammatory illness of the airways caused by allergies, viral infections, exposure to airborne toxins such as cigarette smoke and other causes. Symptoms include attacks of wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing. If your child frequently suffers from coughs and other infections of the airways, please consult your medical expert and ask about asthma.