How to detect your baby’s cough: Effective treatments
A baby’s cough can have various meanings, and it’s not like you can ask your baby what’s wrong. Sometimes it’s hard to know if you need to call your doctor for advice, make an appointment, or go directly to the emergency department.
To help you tell the difference between a simple cough and one that requires immediate medical attention, stay calm, listen carefully to coughing and follow the instructions below.
Signs that a baby’s cough may indicate a cold include:
- Stuffed nose or flow
- Irritated throat looks like: Dry cough
- Try your mother’s routine; a lot of liquids and rest.
Although you want to give the baby something to quell coughing, the Ministry of Public Health recommends using cough and cold medicines ONLY for children under 6 years of age because the studies showed that they have no effect in small children – and they can have life-threatening side effects. It is best to stick to natural methods such as honey (for babies over one year old), salt drops and a cool mist humidifier.
2) Rump (inflammation of the larynx and trachea in children)
You know that the baby has a rump when he wakes up in the middle of the night with a barking cough (the sound is hard to confuse) and difficulty breathing.
Rump generally affects children under 5 years old and often starts with a cold or normal cold early in the day.
Looks like a barking cough
First, try to calm your child. Then consider one of the following techniques to ease your breathing:
- Run to the shower, close the bathroom door and let your child breathe in moist air.
- If it’s a sweet evening, take it outside; moist air should allow him to breathe more easily.
- Help your child breathe air from a cool mist humidifier.
The rump should disappear in 3 or 4 days; If this is not the case, call your doctor.
Pneumonia is a viral or bacterial infection of the lungs caused by a number of conditions, including colds.
It looks like a greasy cough and phlegm
The treatment depends on whether the cause is viral or bacterial, so call your doctor, especially if there is fever. Bacterial pneumonia is usually more dangerous and is most often caused by strepto-pneumonia.
4) Bronchiolitis or asthma
Bronchiolitis and asthma occur after what appears to be a common cold with cough and runny nose. Many things cause wheezing or a constraint of the airways, as environmental factors such as dust.
Physicians generally agree that asthma is not common in children under 2 years of age unless the baby has had episodes of eczema and there is a family history of allergies and asthma . Until there is an absolute diagnosis of asthma, a tightening of the baby’s airway resulting in wheezing is called “reactive airway disease”. it looks like a cough with wheezing or noisy breathing
In the case of asthma, your infant will likely start with:
- Cold symptoms
- Itchy, flowing eyes
Bronchiolitis is usually observed during the hot season and may be accompanied by:
- A slight fever
- Loss of appetite
In the case of asthma, your baby will also suffer from retractions (aspiration and exit from the chest and diaphragm).
Monitor your child’s breathing rate. If it gets too high – 50 breaths per minute or more – your child is definitely in respiratory distress. Take him immediately to the hospital.
You can treat bronchiolitis at home once the baby’s breathing is under control. Give your baby plenty of fluids, plenty of rest, and a cool mist humidifier.
If a baby has a terrible cough or worsens after a day or two, and breathing becomes difficult, call your pediatrician immediately.
5) Whooping cough
This life-threatening bacterial infection was the leading cause of childhood illness and death until the DTP vaccine was created in the 1960s and the disease was eradicated in the United States. However, the disease has reacted and there have been outbreaks in many states in recent years. In most cases of pertussis, the baby has no symptoms of colds or fever.
breathing is like a loud and fast howling
Other symptoms: frequent and alarming cough spasms may be accompanied by:
- Tongue reached
- Curved eyes
- Discoloration of the face
prevention is the key. Make sure your baby is immune; Since babies are not fully protected until they receive three doses of vaccine, it is essential that you and all caregivers of your infants be vaccinated with boosted DTP (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis).
If you think your baby has coughing, take him immediately to the hospital. At the time of the cough, the infant must be hospitalized so that he can receive oxygen during the spells of coughing.
6) Foreign object
Food, like a piece of carrot is the most common cause of choking. If a baby begins to blow or suddenly coughs while eating or playing with small toys, look in his mouth. He can usually spit it himself.
Breathing is similar to a persistent little cough or swelling
Other symptoms: If your baby has an initial cough episode and has a persistent cough or wheezing for a few days, with no other cold symptoms and no recent history of colds or fever, it is likely that something be stalled in his trachea. In other cases, the baby will get pneumonia as a result of a diet that he has swallowed in the wrong way and gets stuck in his lungs – peanuts are very often responsible.
If the object has totally blocked your baby’s airway, he will develop the following symptoms:
- Appearing in obvious distress
- Do not produce any noise
- Pale or blue
If you suspect that a trachea is completely blocked, raise the baby and immediately put back five shots between his shoulder blades. If you can not dislodge the foreign object, go to the hospital.
In the case of a partially hosted object, try to help the baby touch it by:
- Tilting head down
- giving him some gentle pats on the back
If you think that your baby is suffering from a partially blocked object that does not seem to be coughing, he will need a chest X-ray. If a little food is stuck, the doctor will refer you to a specialist who can perform a bronchoscopy. During the procedure, the child is subjected to general anesthesia, and a tiny fiber optic tube with a forceps at the end goes down into the airway and chooses the foreign object.
When to call for help
Call your doctor if the baby has:
- Any cough, and she is less than 4 months old
- A dry cough associated with a cold (a runny nose, but no fever) that lasts more than five to seven days
- A dry or wet cough with a cold and fever of 100 degrees or more
- Light strains
- Coughing attacks
Go immediately to the hospital if the baby has:
- fast hissing
- difficulty to breath
- Quickly retracted and expand his stomach