Antibiotics work for kids with chronic cough

Antibiotics are effective in persistent productive cough in almost half of young children, Australian research finds.

Forty-eight per cent of otherwise healthy children with a productive cough lasting at least three weeks achieved cough resolution with amoxycillin clavulanate, compared with 16% of those given placebo, a randomised trial found.

Just four children would need to be treated for one to benefit after two weeks of treatment, the study found. It involved 50 children with an average age of two,