Dry Cough In Children


A dry cough in children is often the body's method to communicate a lack of water.  This hacking cough can continue until enough water is given to drink.

1.      Drink more water as soon as possible.

2.      Stay away from caffeine beverages, which dehydrate.  Giving a child with a hacking cough 7-up or cola may just make things worse.

3.      Even in cases of allergy and asthma, consider drinking more water when a hacking cough or dry cough shows up.  The allergies and asthma may be sensitive to dehydration and drinking water may help lessen or abate an attack.  The cough may be a warning sign you need more water.

4.      In asthma, it may be important to drink more water before a meal or exercise.  Water is required for digestion and water is required for exercise.  Some cells may be depleted of water to ensure that water is supplied for the stomach for digestion, and some water may be depleted from cells to ensure water is supplied for the muscles and other cells involved in exercise.  A hacking cough or dry cough can be a sign of the need for more water.  In asthma consider drinking more water one-hour before meals.  In asthma consider drinking more water before exercise, sipping on water during exercise, and drinking water after exercise.  If a dry cough develops, then consider the cough a potential warning sign you need more water.  A dry cough does not always indicate dehydration, but in many cases drinking more water as a precaution in asthma, or when a dry cough shows up, can be helpful.

These measures are only for temporary conditions.  If the condition is chronic or seems serious and involved with other symptoms, then see a doctor.

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