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A baby's cough can range in cause and severity. Seasonal sickness can cause this concerning symptom, as can an underlying condition. Sometimes, though, coughs are just a sign of a growing infant. Recognizing the factors that differentiate between a minor cough that is treatable at home and one requiring medical attention can both keep your baby healthy and alleviate parental anxiety.

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1. The Common Cold

Babies immune systems are still developing, and they can catch a cold quite easily when exposed to adults or other children. Symptoms of the common cold in babies are the same as symptoms in adults, but decreased interest in nursing and irritability can accompany the typical coughing, sneezing, and fever. A cough in a child less than three months old, whatever the cause, should be reported to a doctor. Otherwise, colds should resolve themselves in two weeks or less.

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