You surely know that coughs are the body's way of protecting itself. Coughing also serves as the method everyone’s body uses to keep your airways clear. But sometimes it can also be an alarm for you that there is something wrong. That is why we found even more types of cough, to make sure you may be calm because you will know what is wrong with your little one and you will be a pro at handling it.
Pneumonia is a viral or bacterial infection of the lungs brought on by a number of conditions, including the common cold. The cough you hear should be wet and phlegmy. Also, a baby with pneumonia will be very tired and will cough constantly and this cough should bring up some interesting stuff in the shades of green and yellow. Helping your little one really depends on whether the cause is viral or bacterial, so that is where you should call your doctor, especially if baby has a fever. Bacterial pneumonia is usually more dangerous and is most commonly brought on by strep pneumonia.
Food, such as a piece of carrot or hot dog, is the most common cause of choking. If the little one starts gasping or coughing suddenly while eating or playing with small toys, look in his mouth for an obvious culprit. He can usually cough it out himself. And since babies are always sticking things in their mouth, it is quite possible to miss something that is stuck for days. You can be sure your baby is choking if you hear small, persistent cough or gasping. There are also other symptoms, as if your baby has an initial coughing spell and has a persistent cough or slight wheezing over a period of days afterward without any other cold symptoms and no recent history of cold or fever, it is likely something is caught in his windpipe. To help him, you might want to make no sound at all, to hear if he is breathing properly, if he is not, then there is still something stuck in his throat. If you suspect a totally blocked passageway, turn your little one over and immediately deliver five back blows between his shoulder blades. If you are unable to dislodge the foreign object, call 911 right away. By the way, you might try to help baby cough the object out by tilting his head down and also, by giving him a few gentle pats on the back.
When you should call for help?
Any cough, and he is younger than 4 months because babies in that age are not common to cough. If they do, it is usually an alarm there is something wrong. Also, if you hear a dry cough related to a cold that lasts more than five to seven days. Be sure you will call the doctor if you hear your little one lightly wheezing.
So here are those few more types of cough we promised. Be sure to follow these advices to recognize the cough and dealing with it. After all, there is no reason why you should not call your doctor, if you notice something you do not like. I believe he will be glad to give you some professional advice.