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Young child coughing during play
  • You can often hear sputum when children are laughing
  • Tickling can be a good way of getting a child to laugh and move secretions around
  • If you child is old enough ending with a big cough is great
Toddler who is unwell with a chest infection
  • Some respiratory illnesses make children cough very frequently
  • Sometimes the cough is wet and some sputum is coughed up and swallowed
  • A lot of the time, the cough is dry and can sound quite distressing
  • Please let your CF team or GP know if you are concerned, especially if your child looks to be working hard with their breathing
Baby unwell with increase in sputum
  • In babies who are unwell with a respiratory illness, sometimes you can hear sputum in their airways
  • You might need to get your ear nice and close to be able to hear these sounds
  • You can even place your hand on their chest and ‘feel’ for sputum moving in there
  • Please let your CF team or GP know if you are hearing this and you are concerned
Child with wet cough
  • When this child coughs, it sounds like there is some sputum there which is a bit sticky and difficult to clear
  • Techniques you’ve learned like airway clearance or using certain nebulised medications will be helpful
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