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