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Are all coughs in kids alike?

There are several different types of coughs. A good description of your child’s cough can help the doctor find the cause. Coughs can be:
  • Wet sounding or dry.
  • Harsh or deep
  • Barking or “seal-like”
  • High-pitched or “tight”
When your child coughs is also important. Take note of whether the cough occurs with eating or exercise, during the day or night, or is due to something your child is exposed to (like a pet or pollen). Your child may cough once or twice and then stop, or cough several times in a row.

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