Sore throats and coughs are two of the most common complaint among children. It highly possible for your child to get one, or both at the same point.
Know more about coughs and sore throats, why does it affect your child, and how to relieve the symptoms.
What is a cough?
A cough can be defined as a healthy and important reflex that safeguards the airways in your throat and chest. Your kid coughs when nerves in the pharynx (upper throat), larynx (throat), trachea (main breathing tube) or large bronchi (breathing tubes in the lungs) are irritated.
Coughs are generally an outcome of a viral bacterial infection like a cold or flu. But it can also be a sign of something more serious, like croup, bronchiolitis, whooping cough, and pneumonia – so it’s imperative for you to get yourself checked if you are worried. Other factors that can cause cough include asthma, allergies, gastro-esophageal reflux or cystic fibrosis.
What is a sore throat?
A sore throat (pharyngitis) is defined as inflammation or redness of the tissues. The main parts that get affected are the back of the throat, the tonsils or the larynx (the part of the throat that contains the vocal cords).
Sore throats can be the result of tonsillitis and other viral illnesses, such as chicken pox, mumps and measles.
Relieving coughs and sore throats
- Feed your kid on time or keep them hydrated
- Humidify the room to help with breathing
- Do not administer cough medicines to kids under the age of 6
- For kids over 6 years, throat lozenges that you get over-the-counter should help