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When should you call the doctor about your child and coughing?

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Call the doctor about your child and coughing if she:

  • Is younger than 1-year-old and still has trouble breathing after you cleaned out her nose
  • May have a lung infection or a reactive airways disease episode
  • Is wheezing or making a high-pitched whistle sound when breathing out or in
  • Can't take a deep breath because of chest pain or coughed-up blood
  • Has a fever that lasts longer than 72 hours

From: Coughs WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The Nemours Foundation: "Cough Instruction Sheet."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Cough" and "Treating Bronchiolitis in Infants."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on September 8, 2019

SOURCES:

The Nemours Foundation: "Cough Instruction Sheet."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Cough" and "Treating Bronchiolitis in Infants."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on September 8, 2019

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