Overcoming Cough In Babies Aged 5 Months?

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night, I have a baby who is 5 and a half months old he has a cough that has been for weeks but the child is still active, only the cough is sometimes not often this is dangerous for the baby or not?

1 Answer:

Hi Masruroh,

Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Cough in infants needs to be watched out for if it occurs continuously for more than 2 weeks, or is accompanied by fever, shortness of breath, bluish mouth, impaired growth and development, the baby is lethargic, weak, or even has decreased consciousness.

If your baby's cough only appears occasionally, without the other complaints mentioned above, chances are that what he is experiencing is not dangerous. The most common trigger of a cough like this is allergies. The cause of allergies can be due to cold temperatures, dust mites, pollution, pollen, animal dander, and other foreign particles. This is strongly influenced by genetic factors (innate). In more severe conditions, allergy sufferers can even experience shortness of breath which requires immediate medical attention.

In addition to allergies, coughs that don't go away can also be caused by infections of the respiratory tract or other organ systems. This condition is prone to be experienced by babies who live in densely populated environments and have weak immune systems, especially if they are malnourished, HIV/AIDS, heart problems, or other diseases related to immune system deficits. It could also be, coughing occurs due to aspiration (choking of foreign objects other than air into the airways), bronchial asthma, congenital heart disease, and so on.

If you are worried, there is nothing wrong with having your child checked by a pediatrician. Through direct examination, doctors can generally identify dangerous conditions or not. If it is suspected that it is dangerous, the doctor can recommend that your baby be subjected to further examinations, such as the Mantoux test, X-rays, laboratory tests, and so on.

In the meantime, you should be more careful in observing what often triggers a cough in your baby. For example, if your baby coughs more often when exposed to cold temperatures, then give him warm clothes, if necessary use an air humidifier. If your baby coughs more frequently when in contact with pets, then keep him away from them.

In addition to avoiding triggers, also maintain your baby's immune system by giving him exclusive breastfeeding, keeping his home clean, and keeping your baby away from too close contact with adults who are coughing.

Hope it helps ya..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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