That nagging, hacking cough can play a trick on some parents.
There’s no fever, and the cough comes and goes, seemingly triggered by the getting-ready-for-bed routine. A skeptic might think it’s an “excuse cough” — notice how it can quiet down if you let that moody, sluggish kid stay home from school?
Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s nothing serious, health officials warn. Frequent intermittent coughing — particularly at bedtime and upon rising — is a classic sign of childhood asthma.