Drug treatments of childhood coughs

Wurzel, Danielle F., Marchant ,Julie M. and Chang, Anne B. (2014) Drug treatments of childhood coughs. Australian Prescriber, 37 4: 115-119.

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Author Wurzel, Danielle F.
Marchant ,Julie M.
Chang, Anne B.
Title Drug treatments of childhood coughs
Journal name Australian Prescriber   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0312-8008
Publication date 2014
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 37
Issue 4
Start page 115
End page 119
Total pages 5
Place of publication Deakin, ACT Australia
Publisher Australian Government Publishing Service
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Appropriate management of cough in children depends upon accurate assessment. The diagnosis is often unclear at the initial presentation.

Acute cough is frequently caused by a viral infection, and often no specific therapy is indicated.  Urgent treatment may be needed if history suggests a more serious disorder such as a foreign body or pneumonia.

When treating children with chronic cough, paediatric-specific algorithms should be used.  Empirical use of medicines without looking for a specific cause should be avoided.

In the absence of an alternative specific cause of cough, chronic wet cough (lasting at least four weeks) is most frequently due to protracted bacterial bronchitis. Antibiotics are indicated.
Keyword Asthma
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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