Coughs, Age 11 and Younger - Prevention
There is no sure way to prevent a cough. To
help reduce your child's risk:
Make sure your child
washes his or her hands often during the cold and flu
season. This helps prevent the spread of a virus that may cause a cold or
influenza. If your child goes to a day care center, ask the staff to wash
their hands often to prevent the spread of infection. Make sure that your child gets all of his or her vaccinations,
especially for diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP) and for
Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). For more
information, see the topic
Immunizations. Help your child avoid secondhand smoke. Don't allow smoking in your
home or around your child. Try to avoid people who have colds or
flu. If one of your children is sick, separate him or her from other children
in the home, if possible. Put the child in a room alone to sleep.
For information on
preventing allergies or asthma, see the
Allergic Rhinitis or
Asthma in Children.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 09, 2013
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