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Child has cough and bleeding nose. What diet, cure and precaution is to be taken?

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My son aged 5 has been experiencing coughs in the day time. The cough produces greenish white pheglem. What is causing such coughs? In addition, he does have nose bleed at least 3 times a month. The inside of his nose seems dry and he always picks it as he complains of itch. This becomes worse when the weather is cold and windy. Kindly advise on the food to avoid or precautions to take to cure the coughs and to reduce numbers of nosebleed, or any food/vitamins that can reduce his cough and nosebleed.
Posted Mon, 18 Feb 2013 in Child Health
Answered by Dr. Hema Yadav 1 hour later
Thanks for posting your query.
Nosebleed is common in children due to the habbit of picking which causes trauma to the mucosa ( inner lining) which is full of tiny blood vessels that readily bleed .
In dry weather conditions , the mucosa and respiratory passages become dry and irritated causing itching and in some allergic individuals a hypersensitive reaction.
This may be the cause of your child's frequent coughs and nosebleeds.
The most important thing to avoid it is avoiding exposure to direct wind and dust.
The next important thing is to keep the child well hydrated with plenty of fluids.
A balanced nutritious diet will keep his coughs from worsening.
Vitamin C and zinc logenzes help in faster recovery of such problems like nosebleeds and respiratory illnesses.
Foods like fruits and XXXXXXX leafy vegetables are good for him.
Avoiding fried salty foodstuffs or canned foods are recommended .
In case the problem persists seek medical help as antihistamine anti allergic medications might resolve his symptoms.
Warm saline gargles and steam inhalations thrice daily help in faster recovery.
Hope I have answered your query.
Wishing your child good health.
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