We at Hyfe, Inc., are a company devoted to working on tools to better understand the importance of cough. It is Hyfe’s intention in the future to seek regulatory approval for medical products that analyze cough in order that they may be used to diagnose, monitor, and facilitate better treatment of respiratory illnesses.
A cough is a natural reflex that clears fluid such as mucus and phlegm from the chest or throat, and it occurs when the nerves in your airways get irritated. This is one of the most common symptoms of colds, allergies, asthma, or other virus infections such as influenza. To know what you should do with your children’s cough, it’s important to distinguish the reason for the cough.
It’s normal for children to have eight or more colds a year, as they are young and their immune system is still developing. Also, many cold viruses make it even harder for young children’s underdeveloped immune systems to fight against.
What to do: They will build up their immune system gradually and get fewer colds lasting from five days to two weeks. To ease the symptoms and help your kid well faster, you should:
This is a chronic condition that involves narrowing and inflammation of the airways, making it difficult to breathe. The symptoms can be triggered by various factors, including respiratory diseases and environmental irritants.
A children’s cough when they have asthma is usually dry, and it often occurs while playing or resting at night. Other symptoms of asthma you might see:
What to do: work together with your doctor to develop an action plan in which all the information relating to your child’s asthma is listed, including the triggers, the frequency of the cough, and what medication they should take.
This is a contagious bacterial infection in the airways where the cough is caused by toxins released by the bacteria, which damage and swell the airways. The name comes from the “whooping noise” when inhaling after the cough. Whooping cough is a severe condition, especially for small children.
What to do: You can vaccinate your child to prevent them from developing whooping cough. In case your child has whooping cough, stick to the instruction of doctors and healthcare providers for the best treatment.
Allergies happen when your child is exposed to a particular allergen causing their immune system to overreact. The cause of allergies differs from person to person, such as pollen, environmental pollutants, animal fur, food, or even medication.
What to do: If your child experiences allergies often, you should take them to see a doctor or an allergy specialist to have it looked at. Once you find out what the triggers are, you should help your child stay away from them. In some cases, allergies can be severe if left untreated.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in children are much less frequent than in adults. In most cases, the virus causes a milder infection in children, but some have become very sick.
The symptoms have a lot of similarities with the common cold or the flu:
What to do: Contact a healthcare provider immediately and ask them whether they need a coronavirus test. Strictly follow the instructions of the doctor.
Nevertheless, one of the best ways to make sure your children’s cough won’t come back is to keep an eye on their health and condition. By doing this, you will be able to act as soon as you see something wrong with them.