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  1. Coughs - Prevention

    There is no sure way to prevent a cough. To help reduce your risk, wash your hands frequently during the cold and flu season.

  2. Coughs - Check Your Symptoms

    This tool will help you check your symptoms if you have a cough.

  3. Coughs - Topic Overview

    Coughing is the body's way of removing foreign material or mucus from the lungs and upper airway passages -- or reacting to an irritated airway.

  4. Coughs - Home Treatment

    Information on home treatment of coughing.

  5. Coughs - Preparing For Your Appointment

    A list of questions that will help your health care professional diagnose and treat Coughs.

  6. Ear Infections - Symptoms

    Symptoms of a middle ear infection (otitis media) often start 2 to 7 days after a cold or other upper respiratory infection.

  7. Ear Infections - Home Treatment

    Rest and care at home is often all children with ear infections need. Up to 80% of ear infections get better without treatment. If your child is mildly ill and home treatment takes care of the earache, you may choose not to seek treatment for the ear infe

  8. Ear Infections - Surgery

    Surgery for middle ear infections (otitis media) often means placing a drainage tube into the eardrum of one or both ears. It's one of the most common childhood operations.

  9. Ear Infections - What Happens

    Middle ear infections (otitis media) usually occur along with an upper respiratory infection, such as a cold.

  10. Ear Infections - Prevention

    You may be able to prevent your child from getting middle ear infections by:Not smoking. Ear infections are more common in children who are around cigarette smoke in the home. Even fumes from tobacco smoke on your hair and clothes can affect the child.Bre

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