Coughs could be due to irritation of the throat or due to a chest infection. A dry, ticklish cough is usually no cause of worry as it may be due to irritation to the throat (as in after a cold) or may be caused by smoke (if people around her are smoking). A moist-sounding cough or breathlessness could be an indication of a chest infection. It is best to consult your GP as there could be a risk of the chest infection developing into pneumonia or bronchitis.
If the infection is caused by a bacteria, the GP will prescribe antibiotics. If however, the infection is viral, it will go away in its own course of time. You can try the following remedies instead of pouring meaningless cough syrups down her throat:
- Keep her warm if she has a chest infection
- If your child has a dry cough, give her a warm drink before going to bed
- You can give a concoction of lemon and honey in warm water to children over 18 months
- Place a few pillows under your child's head to prevent mucus from trickling down into the throat and causing irritation. Place a pillow under the cot mattress for babies
- Avoid smoking around your child if this seems to irritate her cough