Question by  sney17 (66)

What should I know about a deep barking cough in my nine year old son?

My nine year old son has a deep barking cough.


Answer by  soothsayer (500)

Croup or acute laryngo-tracheo-bronchitis is a very common infection affecting children of school going age causing a deep barking cough. Viral etiology is implicated and treatment will mostly be supportive in the form of steam inhalation,anti-tussives[cough suppressants],anti-histaminics and decongestants. Close watch should be kept for development of dyspnoea which could herald onset of pneumonia and will warrant institution of anti-biotic therapy.


Answer by  Roland27 (16334)

Those are never good. Take him to your doctor and get him on Antibiotics right away. It could be bronchitis or another more severe issue.


Answer by  T1DM (175)

Could be Asthma or croupe. He should see his Dr. Make sure you let the DR. know what makes it better or worse if anything.


Answer by  chrisr (69)

It is completely normal. It could mean that he has a little bit of fluid in his lungs by not blowing his nose enough

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