Why is my baby coughing? *
Cough is a natural defense reflex of the body through which the airways are released. Cough is triggered by any aggression on the upper or lower respiratory tract.
There are two types of cough:
- Productive, moist cough, accompanied by expectorations (mucus removal);
- Non-productive, dry cough, without expectoration. Dry cough in infants and children is usually caused by a viral infection of the airways (rhinopharyngitis, bronchitis, etc.) or environmental irritant factors (cigarette smoke, pollution, dry air, etc.).
Frequency and duration of infections by age *
Cough is a clinical recurrent symptom in children. In most cases, the cough disappears in 10 to 14 days. In some cases, symptom improvement may be slower, going up to 3 to 4 weeks, with no other complications associated*. The frequency of viral infections in children is inversely proportional to age.
Unpleasant effects associated with cough:
- general discomfort;
- Lack of appetite.
How do we alleviate dry cough?
Ventilate the bedroom for 5 minutes each morning and keep the room temperature at 19-20 ° C.
From the age of 1 year, you can administer a teaspoon of honey or warm tea to calm dry cough *. Honey should never be given to infants under 1 year of age because they have no protection against Clostridium botulinum bacteria, which can be found in honey and can cause botulism.
Clean the nasal passages several times a day with a nasal solution. Avoid exposing your child to cigarette smoke, dust or other irritants. Make sure you hydrate the baby well. If you have a fever or notice cough changes or if your symptoms persist for more than 3 days, consult your pediatrician.
Bebedril is a dry cough syrup exclusively based on glycerol.
Its formula is specially designed and adapted to be administered to infants from 6 months of age. The pleasant aroma of strawberries offers an increased compliance and easy administration. It does not contain medicinal substances and is indicated for the relief of throat irritation associated with dry cough.
- infants between the ages of 6-12 months: a dose of 5ml at each administration;
- infants / children between 1 year and 6 years: two doses of 5 ml at each administration;
- 3-4 times every 24 hours if necessary
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the use of emollient substances as well glycerol *. These can help reduce the unpleasant sensation associated with dry cough.
British authorities claim that*: Emollient-based cough syrups, such as glycerol, can have a calming effect by wrapping the irritated neck in a protective layer. Children over one year old can also be given a warm tea with lemon and honey.
How does glycerol work? *
glycerol is indicated for soothing * irritation of the neck associated with dry cough, covering the lining of the neck with a film emollient and protective. It stimulates the natural secretion of saliva, it covers the mucous membrane of the neck with an emollient film thus allowing the natural mucus to recover, it helps the cells to regenerate, it protects against external factors (cigarette smoke, pollution).
Bebedril is a medical device. It is recommended to read carefully the package leaflet or the information on the packaging.
*Journal of Pediatrics and Childcare (2001), 24, 45-49
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