In case your little one is hacking away with a bad cough, these do’s and don’ts might help.
✓Do: Try to Decode Your Baby’s Cough
Only a doctor can give your baby the correct diagnosis, but you might be able to decode a cough based on its sound. This is important because some kinds of cough require immediate medical care.
Is it a “whooping” cough?
Whooping cough is often excessive to the point babies can’t feed. As they try to catch their breath (inhale), they produce a whooping sound. This could be a sign of pertussis, a bacterial infection that’s particularly dangerous for babies who haven’t completed their Diphtheria, Pertussis, and Tetanus (DPT) shots yet.
If you recognize a whooping baby cough, bring your baby to the doctor right away.
Is it a barking cough?
A barking cough might point to croup, a viral infection that may go away with home treatment. However, severe cases or those that do not resolve with home remedies require medical care.
Is it a wet cough?
A wet cough sounds like they have mucus that needs expelling.
A wet baby cough typically follows a cold, and while it sounds bad, it’s a part of the recovery process, specifically in relieving congestion.
Note that a wet cough lasting more than four weeks could indicate bronchitis.