your cough is weak and if it is difficult to bring up mucus or you know you have
lots of mucus, you need an assisted cough. In an assisted cough, another person
pushes on your chest to help you cough. An assisted cough is done while you are
sitting up in a bed or chair. If you are in a wheelchair, be sure to put the
This style is useful if you are overweight.
Your caregiver places his or her hands on the
lower part of your rib cage, with the fingers wrapping around your sides
pointing toward your back and the thumbs pointing inward, toward the center of
You take a deep breath and hold it.
cough while the caregiver squeezes your ribs up and in. It may take practice to
coordinate your cough with the motion.
If you are pregnant, talk with your doctor before using an
assisted cough. Most specialists do not recommend using an assisted cough for
pregnant women, especially in the second and third trimesters of
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerNancy Greenwald, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Nancy Greenwald, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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