3 Causes Found for Kids' Chronic Cough
Allergy, Acid Reflux, and Asthma Are Leading Suspects in Most Cases, Study Shows
Oct. 24, 2007 -- Doctors in Louisiana have identified three leading causes
of chronic cough in children.
Those chronic cough causes are:
That's according to Dean Edell, MD, MPH, and colleagues at West
Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero, La.
They did thorough checkups on 40 children (average age: 9) with chronic
cough (cough lasting more than eight weeks).
None of the children had been born prematurely or exposed to tobacco smoke.
The kids got chest X-rays and various medical tests, including allergy and lung
Edell's team concluded that allergy, GERD, or asthma "are likely to
account" for chronic cough in 90% of the children with chronic cough that
Those three conditions -- allergy, GERD, and asthma -- may be a good
starting point for treating children with chronic cough, according to Edell and
They presented their findings today in Chicago at CHEST 2007, the annual
international scientific meeting of the American College of Chest