Perhaps every mother has heard that children may have a barking cough. Cough of this type does not bypass the side of adults, but in young children it appears much more often due to poor development and smaller size of the larynx. The appearance of such a symptom may indicate the development of serious pathologies or infectious diseases. What to do if you notice a barking cough without a child's temperature?
First of all, contact the attending specialist and determine the cause of his appearance, and then complete a full course of treatment with the baby.
Barking dry cough in a child without fever: causes
There are many reasons for the appearance of barking cough without sputum. Often this cough, resembling the sound of a dog barking, is manifested in children of the age category from 0 to 5 years. Older children have such a cough less often. This is due to age-related changes and the strengthening of the larynx.
If barking coughing attacks occur in a newborn baby without the onset of associated symptoms, this may indicate that fine dust particles have entered the upper respiratory tract. In this case, parents should have no reason to panic.
The attending specialists draw the attention of parents to the fact that the barking type of cough can manifest itself without raising the temperature threshold and running nose, which we are accustomed to consider as concomitant symptoms of any cold or viral illness. Most often, babies suffer from coughing during sleep. Sometimes a cough can be provoked by disorders of the nervous system.
The appearance of barking cough without other clearly expressed symptoms indicates the development of a number of pathologies, in particular:
- helminthic invasions;
- whooping cough;
- neoplasms in the upper respiratory tract;
- allergic reaction;
- infectious pathologies;
Recently, cases of infection with pertussis and diphtheria have practically never occurred, since at an early age children are given appropriate vaccinations.
If the child coughs suddenly, this may indicate a foreign object in the upper airway. By the way, a barking cough may appear due to excessive dry air in the room. To increase the level of humidity, you regularly clean the children's room, ventilate the room or install a special humidifier.
What treatments are considered effective?
If you notice that your baby often has coughing attacks that look like a dog barking, this is a serious reason to contact a laura or pediatrician. Only the attending specialist will be able to identify the cause of the cough and eliminate it.
Contact the medical institution and tell the doctor about the condition of the baby. Older children can independently talk with a specialist. To identify the cause of barking cough, the doctor conducts a number of diagnostic measures, in particular:
- visual inspection;
- temperature threshold measurement;
- palpation of the lymph nodes and neck;
- x-ray of the respiratory system;
- tuberculin diagnosis;
- laboratory research of comparative samples of urine, blood, if necessary, and feces;
Reception of the necessary and effective pharmacological preparations can be prescribed only by the attending specialist after the examination and the establishment of a reliable diagnosis. Most often, a comprehensive treatment course is prescribed, which includes taking a number of medications:
- means of secretomotor type;
- pharmacological drugs that suppress the reflex and the desire to cough.
The main task of the attending specialist is to achieve the appearance of mucus and its removal from the respiratory tract. Drugs that have such an effect are prescribed to the child in order to quickly get rid of the causative agent of cough or infection.
For children of different age categories, suspensions and syrups are most often prescribed, which include plantain extract. These drugs include Alteyka. In addition, the attending specialist may optionally appoint an ointment, which should be applied to the area of the bronchi. This is necessary for warming the respiratory tract and the earliest discharge of sputum. After the start of taking such pharmaceuticals, coughing attacks may increase, but they are much more productive. The pathogens or inflammations will be excreted along with the mucus.
If the child has a predisposition to the manifestation of allergic reactions to the drug being taken, then the attending specialist will prescribe antihistamines. Also, similar pharmaceutical preparations are prescribed in cases where a barking cough has arisen due to the development of an allergic reaction of any type.
Traditional medicine to help fight barking cough
Perhaps each of us knows that phytotherapy has recently gained wide popularity. That is why many parents are trying to cure the disease from their offspring through the use of traditional medicine. If the right approach to treatment, then such methods will only benefit. But do not forget that before taking any folk remedies you need to consult with a doctor-lorom or pediatrician.
Let's look at some of the main and most effective recipes for traditional medicine used to treat barking cough.
Recipe number 1
Kalina is famous not only for its sprawling and unusually beautiful clusters. The fruits of this plant effectively fight any type of cough.
- fruits of viburnum;
- filtered or mineral water without gas.
Preparation and use:
- The fruits of viburnum should be laid out in a separate container and slightly crushed.
- The resulting mass must be filled with water and boiled over moderate heat for 10 minutes.
- Take this broth should be three times a day for 125 ml.
Recipe number 2
White cabbage has gained unprecedented popularity in the treatment of barking cough.
- white cabbage juice (freshly squeezed);
- liquid honey
Preparation and use:
- In free proportions, mix the cabbage juice with liquid honey.
- Give the child such a remedy three times a day and 1 tbsp. l
Recipe number 3
Sugar and cow's milk help to cope with barking cough very well.
- granulated sugar - 1 tsp;
- milk of any fat content.
Preparation and use:
- Take a metal spoon and put sugar in it.
- Heat sugar over open fire. It should get a brown tint.
- Put the preheated sugar in a bowl with a small amount of milk.
- The child must dissolve sugar in the mouth until it is completely dissolved.
Also more popular in the treatment of barking cough acquired broths from wild rosemary and elecampane.
Komarovsky gives advice to parents
You, probably, repeatedly watched the telecast, which is led by Dr. Komarovsky, or read his copyright publications. By following his advice, you can cure your annoying barking cough from your child in a short time. In addition, this type of coughing should be prevented.
So, this is what Komarovsky advises parents:
- wear only loose, chest-free clothes to the child;
- give plenty of drink, preferably warm;
- carry out inhalations with oils and drugs;
- thoroughly air the room in which the crumb is located and humidify the air;
- make warm baths;
- in the absence of temperature, the bronchial area can be heated with mustard plasters or smeared with a warming ointment;
- adjust the daily diet, add more fruits and fresh, well-washed vegetables.
The same actions can be performed for the prevention of colds and viral diseases.
If your child has a barking cough, do not rush into panic and give him potent pharmacological drugs. To get started, contact your healthcare professional and find out the nature of the appearance of such a symptom. So that children do not get sick, they should eat properly and in a balanced way, come to the open air more often and observe personal hygiene. The task of the parents is to ensure control over their child and protect it from viral and infectious diseases.