Barking cough in a child is a dangerous symptom
Any coughing in itself is not a disease. It is simply a certain protective reaction of the body to any disease, most often associated with inflammation. If the cough is wet, it may even be useful to some extent, as it helps to clear the airways. A dry cough and especially a barking need to start healing as soon as possible. A barking cough in a child can be a symptom of a severe form of laryngitis - false croup (laryngeal stenosis).
Signs of false cereal
Manifestations of this disease are also pale skin and shortness of breath. The child's breath becomes whistling while inhaling. The cunning of the disease is that all these symptoms manifest suddenly. Most often it happens that the child falls asleep, and in the middle of the night suddenly begins the attack of barking cough. Infection through the narrow airways of the baby very quickly penetrates the bronchi and trachea, as a result, the mucous membrane swells severely, which can cause suffocation.
Barking cough in a child - what to do?
When these symptoms appear, the first thing to do is to urgently call the doctor by calling an ambulance. After that, before the arrival of the doctor, you can independently try to relieve the attack. A dry barking cough in a child should be mitigated by increasing the humidity of the air in the room. Go with him to the bathroom, filled with steam from hot water. If you have a humidifier, be sure to turn it on. In no case let the baby lie down, keep it upright to avoid choking. Do not leave it for a minute unattended.
It is good to give the child warm milk with soda (about 1/3 of a teaspoon of soda per glass of milk), you can dissolve a spoonful of butter in it to soften. If the child is vomited after this, do not be intimidated. This is very good, as it will contribute to the purification of the respiratory tract. A hot foot bath also helps, but it can only be done if the child has no temperature. In the event that the visiting doctor decides that there is no particular danger and hospitalization is not necessary, you should not relax. Over the next few days, continue to do the heating and inhalation, water the child with warm milk (instead of soda you can mix with alkaline mineral water).The fact is that false croup has a very unpleasant property - to repeat. If possible, purchase a humidifier.
Necessary examinations and treatment
In addition to false croup, a barking cough in a child can be a symptom of such dangerous diseases as bronchitis, pneumonia and even tuberculosis. Sometimes this reaction is caused by helminthic invasions. Therefore, check your baby not only with an otolaryngologist, but also with a pulmonologist and phthisiologist, who often help to establish the reason for the phenomenon of barking cough in children. Treatment after removing the attack can take place at home, but only under periodic supervision by a doctor. The doctor will prescribe all necessary medications and appropriate procedures.
Self-treatment in this case is absolutely unacceptable. If a child’s coughing barking is improperly treated, this can lead not only to a worsening of the condition, but even to tragedy. Keep this in mind and show maximum attention and care towards your baby.