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This question was answered by Dr. Yousuf Hasan, a Pediatric Physician in “Speediatrics” at Halifax Health.
Q. What is the best way to handle a child’s cough, without having to go to the doctor? He has no other symptoms along with it.
A. Childhood cough may be a minor self limiting infection or sign of some disorder needing proper evaluation and treatment, and it varies with child’s age. Most Respiratory tract infections, causing cough, among children are Viral, and are self limited, needing just supportive care. As long as child is not distressed by cough, can sleep without interruption and eat comfortably, all it requires is patience and monitoring, and assuring hydration. If not sure, have child examined by a pediatrician.