My daughter is 3 yrs & 5 months old and she frequently gets cough and cold, cold subsides by taking antiboitics, but her cough remains for long. Is it dry cough?

An involuntary contraction of the thoracic cavity is referred to as cough. It is a reflux reaction, which happens due to choking of the throat or as a result of any foreign substance in the upper respiratory cavity. Dry cough fails to bring out sputum, mucus or the irritants. Chronic conditions such as emphysema, asthma, cystic fibrosis and emphysema originate with cough. Consult your pediatrician, in case of frequently recurring cough. I also experience the same problem with my son of the same age. Honey is the age old remedy for cough, especially for children, as it is easily consumed by them. If the child refuses honey, mix it with warm milk, instead of sugar. Boil the milk till it reduces to half. Add a pinch of turmeric powder to the same. Honey can also be added to orange juice. Black pepper is helpful in removing mucus, if any. It is powdered and added to milk. Add some essence, such as chocolate or vanilla, to camouflage the hot flavor. Raw ginger is helpful, but difficult to be administered to children. Ginger tea is a better idea. Basil leaves can be chewed by the child or basil tea is helpful in providing relief from cough. Reduce the intake of antibiotics and go in for herbal remedies, as the former decreases appetite.

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