Antibiotics are an appropriate and effective option for the treatment of wet or productive cough in children, with literature supporting the use of amoxicillin clavulanate or erythromycin, according to a Cochrane review.
“Our knowledge of childhood wet cough has progressed greatly in the last decade. We now know that one of the most common causes of childhood chronic wet cough is protracted bacterial bronchitis in Australia, Europe and similar populations,” Julie M. Marchant, PhD, a senior research fellow at the Child Health Research Center in South Brisbane, Australia, told Infectious Diseases in Children. “[Chronic wet cough] has now been incorporated into pediatric cough guidelines worldwide.”
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