Cough is a frequent symptom in childhood. For daily practice, it is important to distinguish between non-specific cough (dry cough without other symptoms and without abnormal investigations) and specific cough (resulting from underlying illness). Non-specific cough requires a different approach than specific cough. We propose a systematic approach for the investigation and treatment of cough to prevent missing important diagnoses.

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van Gent, R., Merkus, P.J.F.M., Boehmer, A.L., Thio, B.J., & de Jongste, J.C.. (2009). Pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of chronic cough. Tijdschrift voor Kindergeneeskunde, 77(5), 197–204. doi:10.1007/BF03086393