Viral coughs most often last for 2 to 3 weeks. Sometimes, your child will cough up lots of phlegm (mucus). The mucus can normally be gray, yellow or green. Antibiotics are not helpful.
How do toddlers get rid of phlegm naturally?
Warm liquids such as caffeine-free tea, broth or hot water with lemon can help loosen up mucus and soothe a sore throat. Consider use of a humidifier: Dry air can make a child’s cough worse. Consider placing a cool-mist humidifier in your child’s room, near where they sleep, to help ease their breathing.
Can a toddler choke on phlegm?
Too much mucus in a baby’s nose or throat can sometimes lead to gagging or mild choking. In most cases, your baby will spit up or vomit the extra mucus out.
How do I know if my toddler cough is serious?
Always call your doctor if your child is coughing and:
- has trouble breathing or is working hard to breathe.
- is breathing faster than usual.
- has a blue or dusky color to the lips, face, or tongue.
- has a high fever (especially if your child is coughing but does NOT have a runny or stuffy nose)
How long is too long for a child to have a cough?
Most last no more than a few weeks, but some people have ones that stick around long after other symptoms are gone. In a child, a cough is considered chronic if it lasts more than 4 weeks. For adults, it’s 8 weeks or more.
How can I help my toddler with a chesty cough?
It could be due to post-nasal drip from the back of your child’s throat.
- Use saline nasal drops. You can buy these over-the-counter nasal drops at a pharmacy. …
- Offer fluids. …
- Offer honey. …
- Elevate your child’s head when sleeping. …
- Add moisture with a humidifier. …
- Talk a walk in cold air. …
- Apply vapor rub. …
- Use essential oils.
How long does a cold last in toddlers?
There is no cure for the common cold. Colds usually last about a week but can continue for as long as 2 weeks. They usually go away on their own. Keep your child as comfortable as possible.
What are the first signs of RSV?
The most common symptoms of RSV include:
- Runny nose.
- Short periods without breathing (apnea)
- Trouble eating, drinking, or swallowing.
- Flaring of the nostrils or straining of the chest or stomach while breathing.
- Breathing faster than usual, or trouble breathing.
What to do if toddler is choking on liquid?
Call the rescue squad (911) IMMEDIATELY.
Call the rescue squad (911) immediately in all cases of choking on a solid object. In general, choking on liquids is temporary and harmless. Call the rescue squad if your child chokes on a liquid and turns blue, becomes limp, or passes out.