What is a Huff Cough?
The Huff cough is a certain way of coughing that keeps the throat open longer. This helps move the mucus from your child's lungs.
About Huff Coughs
- It allows the air to move past the mucus in the airways.
- The air helps move the mucus from the smaller airways to the larger airways.
- Once the mucus is in the larger airways, it makes coughing the mucus out easier.
When To Do Huff Coughs
- Any time a cough is needed
- During and after an airway clearance
Instructions for Huff Cough
- Have your child sit up straight.
- Tilt your child's chin up slightly – this will help open his / her throat.
- Have your child open his / her mouth.
- Have your child take slightly deeper breaths than normal for one to two minutes.
- Have your child take in a slow breath.
- Have your child hold his or her breath for three seconds. (This lets air get behind or below the mucus.)
- Have your child blow out evenly. Blow out a little longer than he / she normally would. Blow out until just before he / she feels the need to cough. (Remind your child to try NOT to cough.)
- Repeat this process (steps 1-7) two more times.
- Have your child cough normally to get rid of mucus.
- Remind your child to keep his or her throat wide open when blowing out.
- If you hear “wheezing” sounds, have him / her breathe out more softly.
- Practice with small, medium and large breaths.