Child's Cough

What Your Child’s Cough Is Trying To Tell You

There it goes again…and again…and again. It’s the sound that grates on your nerves at the same time it rips out your heart: your child’s cough. But, it may be trying to tell you something—if only you’ll listen. Here are the five telltale cough sounds that offer clues to what may be ailing your child:

1. Barking

It may be croup. Croup is a viral illness that causes swelling and inflammation of the vocal cords. The cough sounds like a bark and may also be accompanied by stridor—a harsh, high-pitched wheeze—when breathing in. Read more