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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.

    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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