Coughing alone is not an illness. Rather it is an indication of problems in the respiratory tract. Phlegm is the viscous liquid secreted by the lungs in response to the infection. Phlegmy cough in toddlers and adults is irritating. Nevertheless, phlegm has its uses:
- Helps the immune system when it is overworked
- Aids in trapping all the bacteria, virus, dust, and other foreign bodies
- Helps in protecting the lungs from infection and possible damage
- Helps in protecting the respiratory organs
Common Causes Of Phlegmy Cough In Toddlers
- Infection of the lower respiratory system
- Blockage of the airway by an inhaled object
- Exposure to secondhand smoke
- Psychological and emotional problems. A dry, nonproductive “psychogenic cough” is more frequently seen in kids than in grown-ups.
Home Remedies for Cough Phlegm In Children
Here are some home remedies for phlegmy cough that you can use:
- Use of nasal decongestants: Nasal decongestants are often prescribed for people who have blocked nasal passages due to common cold, flu, or sinus infection. Nasal congestion can also be cleared and mucous can be coughed up efficiently by means of inhaling steam.
- Stop smoking: Smoking is among the leading causes chronic cough or the type of cough that normally lasts more than 8 weeks.
- Avoid cough suppressant: These suppressants are recommended for use only to treat dry cough but not for a chesty or productive cough.
- Take cough expectorant: For wet cough, use cough expectorants for efficient expelling of mucous.
- Never swallow phlegm: Throwing up mucous ensures clearing of the excess mucous from the respiratory system.
- Drink plenty of water.