1. How long has child had cough (ie, acute or chronic)? Has cough lasted more than 3 weeks?
2. Did cough come on suddenly, as with choking, or gradually with signs and symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection?
3. What were circumstances at onset of cough?
4. Do any of the following situations aggravate cough: cold air, deep inspiration, exercise, feeding, position, time of day, time of year (ie, seasonal, spring or fall)?
5. Is cough paroxysmal, as in cystic fibrosis, asthma, pertussis, or foreign body aspiration?
6. Does cough produce mucus?
7. Is mucus clear (indicating asthma) or yellow or green (indicating suppurative lung disease)? Is blood present in mucus, as in cystic fibrosis, foreign body aspiration, tuberculosis, or bronchiectasis?
8. Does cough disappear completely during sleep, suggestive of psychogenic cough?
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If you suffer with asthma, you will no doubt be familiar with the uncomfortable sensations as your bronchial tubes begin to narrow and your muscles around them start to tighten. A sticky mucus known as phlegm begins to produce and increase within your bronchial tubes and you begin to wheeze, cough and struggle to breathe.