Traditional persistent cough treatment may not be always effectiveAccording to two new reviews of previous medical studies, the traditional treatment option for persistent cough cannot be considered as an effective option as a whole.

The first review suggested that the antibiotic treatment could be helpful for children with moist cough lasting for a period more than ten days while the second review suggested that children with persistent cough should not be treated with corticosteroids that are commonly prescribed for treating asthma patients.

From News-Medical.Net:

In their review of moist cough — coughs that sound as if there is mucus in the throat or lungs — Julie Marchant, M.D., of the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, Australia, and colleagues found that a week-long course of antibiotics resulted in the cough’s disappearance in one of every three children treated. The antibiotics kept the cough from becoming worse in one of every four children treated.

Another earlier study conducted by Marchant suggests that bacterial bronchitis is common in children with this type of persistent cough, and “this may explain the findings of this review that antibiotics appear to be beneficial for prolonged moist cough in children,” Marchant says.

This reviews appeared in an issue of The Cochrane Library, a publication of The Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization that evaluates medical research.