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Cough is a helpful phenomenon - it is the body's natural reflex to irritation in the throat. There are two kinds of cough - one which is wet and associated with mucus (productive cough); and the other which is dry and there is no mucus (unproductive cough).  It is important to differentiate between the two, because the treatments are entirely different.

In the case of productive cough, coughing helps in removing excess mucus or phlegm which has come up in the back of the throat from the lungs or the nose and sinuses.  A common cause of coughing in the night is mucus dripping from the nose into the back of the throat.  Expectorant syrups can be given to the child to help get rid of the phlegm.  Note that productive coughs should never be suppressed since they serve a very useful purpose. Night-time irritation can be eased by turning the child on his side or his front.  A doctor should be consulted in case the cough lasts for more than 48 hours.

Unproductive coughs on the other hand serve no useful purpose, and can be very irritating to a small child, sometimes to the extent of preventing sleep.  In this case, cough suppressants can help ease the discomfort.


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Name: cough
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does banana makes more more cough..should i give banana to my baby when he has coughing.
Name: abuela
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my granddaughter of two has a very dry cough and slight fever, now for three days...not sleeping much. is there anything we can do to help her? seeing a doctor is very difficult. thanks
Name: Mary
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if your having coughs, it is very irritating during night, when everyone is sleeping and you are coughing very badly... it is disturbing other people also. we should take care of it...
Name: Biswarup
Country: united kingdom

my baby is 11 months old, he is suffering from dry cough since 4/5 days with mild temperature. he is reluctant to feed and vomiting after feed while coughing. we are indian and on deputaion in uk since 2 years. please advice.
Name: smita
Country: India

to make onion juice, cut white onion fine, mix a teaspoon of sugar and leave it for an hour. you will get the juice. give it only once a day, for not more than 3 days. alternately, you can give turmeric mixed in warm milk and sugar or turmeric mixed with honey. do not do all the remedies at the same time.
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can someone respond? lots of questions, and no answers. what is the point of this comment box? you might as well shove the banana up yours.
Name: Shaleen
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i am dissapointed by this article. it tells nothing, no home remedy for cough.
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Name: a mother
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what is hisnophelia and what are its remedies. how it occurs and how to avoid it
Name: syam
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hi all,if u'r child if suffering from productive cough(cough with phlum)don't give will increase the phlum.
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Name: Rosemary
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hi my daughter has had a cough now for 9 weeks now. and we tried antibiotics, and it didn't work, had an exray and showed clear, on puffers for 4 days now and nothing has improved, any suggestions on what it could be.
Name: Mahvash
Country: Pakistan

my baby is 7 months. he has been sufferinf from dry cough since 1 day as well as nose running.can anybody give me a solution for to extract juice from onion.
Name: rupali
Country: India

really cough n cold to kids make everyone feel ill. i tried with my baby as suggested by elders. take 1-2 teaspoons of onion juice and add same quantity of honey to it. give it twicw a day atleast upto mora than a week. cough will surely come out from nose dont worry seeing it as cough needs some way to go out. it will come out from nose day after day or sometimes if kids vomit u can see cough. this is a sure remedy do try it.
Name: Minye
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my daughter of 8 months started coughing 4 days before but it not continuous during day and nigh. i think it is dry cough that happened occasionally, so what kind of treatment can i give to my baby?
Name: Garima
Country: India

my son who is now a year old,use to get frequent cough which resembles bronchitis. it use to last atleast fortnight.we changed various medicines, various doctors and treatments from alopath to homeopath and then ayurved. later our doc. found that he is alergic to dust and pollution and so develops clogh then cold which increases within 2 -3 days it becomes worst. doc.treated him with alergic medicines, no expectorants and nebulisation with nasal drops to relieve him at nights. it worked and he recovered in 10 days time. so plz. ask ur doc. to judge this symptom in your child so that he may not become an experimental tool.
Name: Pearlie
Country: India

the best remedy for nocturnal cough: vidangarish (you get his in the pharmacy).. take 1 tpsp and mix with 2 tbsp warm water.. give everyday before going to bed.. cough / worm trouble will be cured..
Name: dha
Country: India

my daughter of two having cough, in the daytime she is fine but cough interfere whenever she sleeps, please give me some advice and any home remedies , bcoz i don't want to go doctor for that
Name: Anjana
Country: nepal

my son is 2years old.he has dry cough for three days i am giving dabur honytus to him but the problem is still as before.does he needs any antibiotic.seeking for advise.
Name: Mukvi
Country: india

mix honey,lime juice and hot water in equal proportions and take 2 teaspoons every 3-4 hrs.this was recommended by my doc.

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