Timing ‘critical’ for chronic cough management: updated guidance

Paediatric red flags include dyspnoea, haemoptysis, chest pain, recurrent pneumonia.
Rachel Fieldhouse

Kids with chronic cough and protracted bacterial bronchitis should be treated with antibiotics for up to four weeks, according to updated Australian guidance published this week.

The Cough in Children and Adults: Diagnosis, Assessment and Management position statement, last updated in 2010, also stressed that early and effective treatment of chronic wet or productive cough in children was “critical”.