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Suggest treatment for excessive cough

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Dr. Pradeep Kumar

Pediatrician, Cardiology

Practicing since :2006

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Posted on Wed, 18 Mar 2015 in Child Health
Question: hi my daughter has cough
she is not able to sleep
i have a dry cough syrup
can you help me?
Answered by Dr. Pradeep Kumar 31 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Yes if it does not contain codein

Detailed Answer:

Cough in a child may be due to so many reasons. The main cause which must be excluded is foreign body inhalation(accidental ingestion of something which blocks the airway).

If cough is infective in origin you can use the cough syrup. But which cough syrup do you have(adult/pediatric) and what does it contain is important.
One should not use adult cough for children as it may cause overdosing.Syrup containing cough suppresent(codein) should also not to be given to children as it causes accumulation of secretion in the airway and can cause respiratory depression also.

So if there is no history of foreign body and it is pediatric formula not containing codein then you can give this in the dosage as advised by your pediatrician.

I hope this answers your query.


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