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Coughs, Age 11 and Younger - Check Your Symptoms

Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:

  • Your child has severe trouble breathing. Symptoms may include:
    • Using the belly muscles to breathe.
    • The chest sinking in or the nostrils flaring when your child struggles to breathe.
  • Your child's skin and fingernails are gray or blue.
  • Your child coughs up large amounts of blood or what looks like coffee grounds.

Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • Your child coughs up blood.
  • Your child has new or worse trouble breathing.
  • Your child has a new or higher fever.

Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:

  • Your child has a new symptom, such as an earache or a rash.
  • Your child coughs more deeply or more often, especially if you notice more mucus or a change in the color of the mucus.
  • Your child does not get better as expected.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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