Toddler Coughs All the Time

Submitted by Nic on January 18, 2012

In case you are one of those parents who feel that your toddler coughs all the time, you are definitely not alone. Kids of all ages, especially infants & toddlers are highly susceptible to various diseases, with a cough and cold being amongst the most common toddler health problems. There are many reasons that could cause a toddler cough, such as exposure to irritants, changes in the weather, extreme cold, bacterial or viral infections, and so on. If you see that your toddler coughs all the time - several coughing bouts during the day, then it is quite likely that he or she will be going through a lot of discomfort, which in turn could cause...

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You may also notice that on some days, your toddler coughs all the time, but on others, he or she may have a coughing fit during a certain time of the day (or night), like when brushing teeth, going to bed or while drinking something. When this happens, it is important for you to keep a track of the general trend and then check with the child’s doctor, to determine what the possible causes may be. Some causes may be absolutely harmless, whereas others may not. For example, in case you notice that your toddler coughs when eating or soon after a meal, it may be an indication of Acid Reflux, more commonly referred to as Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disorder (GERD). In case your toddler coughs in the morning immediately after waking up, you may want to make sure that your child is not exposed to smoke, as this is one of the first signs of excessive smoke exposure. If your toddler coughs after running, it may be an indication of asthma and therefore this needs to be checked and investigated without any delay.

It is possible for your toddler to cough throughout the day for several reasons and not all of them are a cause for concern. Therefore, if your toddler coughs all the times, it is best to consult a doctor, if the cough lasts for more than 10 days or if the cough is accompanied by fever and chills. In case you notice that your toddler coughs when lying down only, it is advisable for you to visit a health care provider as soon as possible, as this could be an indication of a more serious underlying condition, such as sinusitis, bronchitis, or croup.

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