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Learn about the different causes and types of coughs. Find out how you can take care of your child at home and how to make them more comfortable.

Key points

  • Most coughs are due to common viruses and do not require treatment.
  • To ease a cough, offer honey to children aged 12 months and older, expose your child to humid air and let your child get plenty of rest in a comfortable position.
  • You do not need to change your child’s diet. Over-the-counter cough and cold medicines are not recommended for children under age six and are not effective for older children.
  • See your child’s health-care provider if your child has a persistent fever or cough. Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department if your child is vomiting often, unable to feed, has choked on food or another object, or has fast or noisy breathing.
Last updated: August 30th 2023