The Child with an Incessant Dry Cough

Michael Shields, Niamh C Galway

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)
243 Downloads (Pure)


Cough is a forced expulsive manoeuvre, usually against a closed glottis and is associated with a characteristic sound that is easily recognised. It is a protective reflex against aspiration and to clear airway secretions. In children cough is extremely common and when prolonged it is often a cause for concern for parents, resulting in a high proportion of attendances to primary and secondary care. There are many causes of cough which may be divided into productive or non-productive in character. As there are many guidelines for the management of productive or ‘wet’ cough the focus of this paper will be to discuss some of the main causes, investigations and management options for ‘dry’ cough. Dry coughing suggests airways irritation and or inflammation (without excessive extra secretion formation) and is predominantly the result of an acute viral respiratory infection that may last up to 3-4 weeks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
JournalPediatric Respiratory Reviews
Early online date30 Aug 2018
Publication statusEarly online date - 30 Aug 2018

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'The Child with an Incessant Dry Cough'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this