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Symptom Checker

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Coughing in Infants and Children

Coughing sometimes can be a sign of a serious illness. If your child is coughing, please read the following carefully.

Do any of the following other statements describe your child?

  • When my child breathes, I can see his nostrils flare, his belly move out, his ribs stick out, and/or his neck muscles tighten.

  • When my child breathes in, he makes a whistling or high-pitched noise.

  • He grunts when he breathes out.

  • His lips, mouth or fingertips are blue.

  • He is pale.

  • He can not talk or can not finish a sentence without stopping to take a breath.

  • He has swelling of the face, lips, eyes, or neck.

  • He has hives.

  • He is sleepier than usual for the time of day.

  • He is not moving normally.

  • He is not answering questions normally or seems confused.

Yes, one or more of these statements describes my child.

No, none of these statements describe my child.

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