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Coughing for a month

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What do I do? My mam says she has to take me to a doctor because apparently I was coughing for a month. I wasn’t. I didn’t even cough that much.

Answer

Hello there!
 
First of all, welcome and thank you for reaching out. It sounds like you’re dealing with a confusing situation, and it’s great that you’re asking for advice. Your mam seems to be very concerned about your health, which is completely understandable. Parents often worry when it comes to their children’s well-being, and it sounds like she might be picking up on something that’s making her anxious.
 
It’s important to communicate with your mam about how you’re feeling. Try to calmly explain that you don’t believe you’ve been coughing that much. You could mention specific instances when you noticed you were coughing and ask her for the same. This way, you can both get a clearer picture of what’s been happening. Sometimes, parents might notice things that we don’t, or they might misunderstand what’s going on.
 
Even though you don’t think the coughing has been a big issue, it might still be a good idea to see the doctor. Sometimes, persistent coughing can be a sign of something minor that can be easily treated, and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Plus, visiting the doctor might help reassure your mam and ease her worries. 
 
Remember, your health is important, and it’s always good to check in with a professional if there’s any concern. If you feel anxious about the doctor’s visit, you can talk to your mam about your feelings and perhaps agree on a plan together. Open communication can make these situations a lot easier to handle.
 
If you would like to chat some more about this or anything else, you can always contact us at Childline by freephone 1800 66 66 66 or Messenger at www.childline.ie (just click on the purple chat icon). We are confidential, non-judgmental, open 24/7, and always here for you for any reason, any time.
 
Take care and stay strong!
Alex

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