Your Children – Cough Timeline

  • 1 - 3 days

    Most coughs are caused by colds and flu. They usually come with other symptoms such as a runny nose, fever, sore throat, earache or general aches and pains.

    Generally, your child will not need to see the doctor.  There is no quick way of getting rid of a cough. It will usually clear up after your child’s immune system has defeated the bug that is causing it.  The simplest and cheapest way to ease a tickly or chesty cough is with any of the common over-the-counter remedies. Ask your pharmacist for advice.

  • 4 - 7 days

    Many tickly and chesty coughs will start to improve, but sometimes coughs can last longer. Your child can still take over-the-counter remedies if he or she needs them.

  • 7 - 21 days

    Your child should be feeling better by now, but if your child’s cough lasts longer than three weeks, they should see a doctor.