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Q. Why does the cough after choking persist so long in a baby?

Answered by
Dr. Arti Sharma
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 05, 2016 and last reviewed on: May 20, 2020

Hi doctor,

My niece, who is 1 year and 8 months old, got choked today when she drank her milk. She got cough because of the choke, but the cough keeps coming back the whole day. I thought it was just a simple choke as it is just milk. Why does it last for the whole day?

Dr. Arti Sharma

Child Health Paediatrics


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  • Choking while drinking occurs because infants airways are small. Also, if the baby is drinking milk fast some of it can go into the windpipe.
  • Cough reflex immediately after choking is the body's protective mechanism to expel it out.
  • Your niece is still coughing, so it is possible that she has aspirated small amount of milk which is causing the cough.
  • Give her warm liquids and get her examined. A clinical examination will be helpful in determining the exact cause of her symptoms.
  • Treatment will depend on clinical examination findings. Keep me posted on her health.

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