Chronic Asthma Cough in Children

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A chronic cough in a child is one that lasts longer than four weeks, and this is caused by irritants to the respiratory system. Find out why it's important to get a proper diagnosis when attempting to get treatment for a chronic cough with help from a nurse and respiratory care practitioner in this free video on asthma symptoms.

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Chronic asthma cough in children. Asthma has to have been diagnosed by a medical doctor. A proper diagnosis is very important to know what you are dealing with when you have a chronic cough in a child. A chronic cough is something that lasts longer than four weeks. It is not to be combined with other symptoms that might conflict such as a diagnosis of pneumonia or fever or meningitis or a low immune condition complicates things. A cough caused by irritants to the respiratory system is really what we are talking about in asthma but the chronic cough can sometimes be from bronchitis. It can be from bronchiolitis. It can also be gastroesophageal reflux so some of these things can also cause a chronic cough. So it is very important that the child is properly diagnosed by a physician and that the child is followed very well by their physician so if the child is coughing longer than four weeks at a time it is something to be looked at and to be diagnosed properly and to see if there is anything else that could be causing the chronic cough.

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