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Drug treatments of childhood coughs

Wurzel, Danielle F., Marchant, Julie M. and Chang, Anne B. (2014). Drug treatments of childhood coughs. Australian Prescriber,37(4):115-119.

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IRMA ID 11436xPUB48
Title Drug treatments of childhood coughs
Author Wurzel, Danielle F.
Marchant, Julie M.
Chang, Anne B.
Journal Name Australian Prescriber
Publication Date 2014
Volume Number 37
Issue Number 4
ISSN 0312-8008   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84905639920
Start Page 115
End Page 119
Total Pages 5
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher National Prescribing Service Ltd.
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Appropriate management of cough in children depends upon accurate assessment. The diagnosis is often unclear at the initial presentation.
Acute cough is frequently caused by a viral infection, and often no specific therapy is indicated. Urgent treatment may be needed if history suggests a more serious disorder such as a foreign body or pneumonia.
When treating children with chronic cough, paediatric-specific algorithms should be used . Empirical use of medicines without looking for a specific cause should be avoided.
In the absence of an alternative specific cause of cough, chronic wet cough (lasting at least four weeks) is most frequently due to protracted bacterial bronchitis. Antibiotics are indicated.
Keywords Asthma
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