Children 4 Years Of Age Often Clear Their Throat Without Coughing Colds?
Afternoon … I want to ask … My child is 4 years old. He doesn’t cough, doesn’t catch a cold … but likes to chuckle often. That’s dangerous, isn’t it?
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Clearing your throat is a way for someone to clear his throat from something that feels like a sore throat or when the throat feels itchy. Coughing up can also be done intentionally when trying to get someone's attention and it might also be done accidentally when someone is feeling anxious or stressed for something. The following are some of the reasons children often clear their throat:
irritation of the airways, for example due to cigarette smoke, pollution, dust, etc.
allergies (can be due to an allergen in the air, can also be allergens from food that is eaten or drugs)
GERD (or acid reflux disease)
presence of mucus flowing behind the throat (PND - post nasal drip, can be due to sinusitis, allergies, respiratory tract irritation, etc.)
dry throat (for example because the surrounding air is too cold and dry)
certain neurological disorders
it can also just be a habit
You can try to identify beforehand, whether there are certain triggers that cause your child to often clear his throat, for example if there is exposure to cigarette smoke or excessive air pollution when the child starts to clear his throat often, he often clears his throat in an air-conditioned room or when the temperature is cold. , children often clear their throat when in a certain room or at certain times only, whether the child has just experienced a cold cough before, etc. If indeed your child's cough occurs in certain situations or conditions, you can try to modify the situation or condition (for example, if you often clear your throat in an air-conditioned room, try to turn off the air conditioner or install air humidifiers in the air-conditioned room, if you often clear your throat in the bedroom alone, try to clean the bedroom of dust, including also cleaning the bed with a vacuum cleaner). Some other things you can do:
Try to motivate children to drink more often so that the throat does not feel too dry
Avoid smoking near children and do not approach children directly after smoking
Avoid excessive exposure to air pollution
Prevent children from lying down immediately after eating
If there are no signs of improvement, try taking the child to the pediatrician for further evaluation.
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