Causes of a chronic cough

There are many causes of a prolonged cough, depending on the nature, duration and age of the child. A dry cough at night with exercise could be due to asthma. A persistent wet cough could be due to more serious conditions such as cystic fibrosis. Other causes include post nasal drip, gastro-oesophageal reflux and autoimmune diseases.


 This article has been written by Paediatrician and Pulmonologist, Dr Salome Abbott (MBBCh (Wits), FCPaed(SA), MMed(Paed), DipAllerg(SA), Dip Paed Resp Med (Europe), Cert Paed Pulmonology(SA))

Dr Abbott currently has a private practice at Vincent Pallotti and Kingsbury Hospitals in Cape Town. The focus of her practice is treating children with respiratory diseases such as asthma, cystic fibrosis and other chronic lung problems. Tel: 021 506 5228 or for full contact details please CLICK HERE