Coughing for Parents
Coughs are a common symptom, but most aren't a sign of a serious condition. Learn about different coughs, how to help your child feel better, and when to call your doctor.
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) for Parents
Pertussis is characterized by severe coughing spells that end in a whooping sound when the person breathes in. It can be prevented with the pertussis vaccine, part of the DTaP immunization.
First Aid: Coughing for Parents
Coughing is a healthy reflex that helps clear the airways. A severe or lingering cough requires medical treatment, but many coughs are caused by viruses that just need to run their course.
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Respiratory Screen: Sputum for Parents
Kids with cystic fibrosis (CF) often get lung and airway infections. A sputum CF respiratory screen or culture helps doctors detect, identify, and treat infection-causing bacteria or fungi.
Croup for Parents
Croup often causes kids to have a loud cough that sounds like a seal barking. Most cases of croup are caused by viruses, are mild, and can be treated at home.
Pneumonia for Parents
Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be caused by different types of germs, most commonly viruses. Read about symptoms and treatment.
Treatment for Parents
How to care for your child with the flu.
Is My Child Too Sick to Go to School? for Parents
It can be hard to know if kids are well enough to go to school or childcare. Here are some guidelines.
First Aid: Common Cold for Parents
Kids can get up to eight colds a year - or more. The common cold sends more kids to the doctor than any other illness.
Walking Pneumonia for Parents
Many kids with this milder version of pneumonia feel well enough to go to school. But it's important to keep kids home until after treatment kicks in and symptoms improve.