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Cough in children

Children commonly get coughs. By far the most common cause is a viral respiratory infection such as a cold, bronchiolitis, bronchitis and the flu. See the following pages for information about what else can cause coughs and when to be concerned or seek medical help.

The following video from the Ministry of Health talks about how to recognise a bad cough, and what to do about it.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by Associate Professor of Paediatrics, University of Otago, Christchurch. Last reviewed May 2017.

See also:

Over-the-counter cold medicines and children

Page reference: 47569

Review key: HICGC-13294