Don’t ignore chronic cough in kids: study

Chronic cough in a child should be investigated early and thoroughly.

Chronic cough in a child should be investigated early and thoroughly because it is usually a sign of bacterial infection or serious underlying lung disease, according to Queensland researchers.

In a study of 839 children presenting to EDs with an acute respiratory illness, they found that 20% still had persistent cough when followed-up four weeks later.

Further investigation of the children with chronic cough resulted in 47% being diagnosed with protracted bacterial bronchitis.

And when reviewed by a pulmonologist, 31% of the children with chronic cough were found

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