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How can infection lead to a cough in a child?

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Colds, flu, and croup can all lead to a lingering cough for kids. Colds tend to cause a mild to moderate hacking cough; the flu a sometimes severe, dry cough; and croup has a "barking" cough mostly at night with noisy breathing.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Cough in Children: Tips to Remember."

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: "Cold and Cough Medicines: Information for Parents."

Children's Hospital Colorado: "Your Child's Cough;" "Flu Facts;" "Whooping Cough (Pertussis);" "Asthma Basics;" "Asthma and Allergy Awareness – Information You Can Use."

American College of Chest Physicians: "Overview of Common Causes of Chronic Cough."

KidsHealth.org: "Infections: Common Cold."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Croup Treatment."

Seattle Children's Hospital: "Should You See a Doctor? Cough."

Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health | Stanford University School of Medicine: "Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) / Heartburn" and "Acute Bronchitis."

National Institutes of Health: "Cold and Cough Medicines."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on April 17, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Cough in Children: Tips to Remember."

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: "Cold and Cough Medicines: Information for Parents."

Children's Hospital Colorado: "Your Child's Cough;" "Flu Facts;" "Whooping Cough (Pertussis);" "Asthma Basics;" "Asthma and Allergy Awareness – Information You Can Use."

American College of Chest Physicians: "Overview of Common Causes of Chronic Cough."

KidsHealth.org: "Infections: Common Cold."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Croup Treatment."

Seattle Children's Hospital: "Should You See a Doctor? Cough."

Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health | Stanford University School of Medicine: "Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) / Heartburn" and "Acute Bronchitis."

National Institutes of Health: "Cold and Cough Medicines."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on April 17, 2018

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