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.