My 2yr old has a terrible cough, especially at night. Any natural remedies??

Rita - posted on 02/15/2010 ( 36 moms have responded )

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My son has a terrible cold and cough. In Australia we are not allowed to give any cough syrup. I have tried a steamer in his room but there is nothing else that relieves the pain for him, he coughs and splutters all night. Any natural remedies or herbal options? Other than paracetamol any other suggestions. It is so sad to see him suffering...... please help

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Louise - posted on 09/14/2013

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My son has been coughing at night for a week, he had the same thing 4 months ago and the doctor gave me the asthma medication but im not sure if its working as he is still coughing, I have had him allergy tested too which came up negative. I am beside myself with worry he is 1 and a half. some one said wait until he is two and then he will stop coughing. Any other suggestions

Elizabeth_saidu - posted on 11/02/2013

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I tried the lemon and honey. How much do I give my 3 year old
daughter? She is still coughing...

Jessica - posted on 12/30/2012

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My 2 yr old has been congested too, i usually give her some warm tea with honey and lemmon for the cough. it also works for congestion, i also usually use the steam in the bathroom method with running the shower with hot water so she can breath in the steam. You can also give your child a warm bath with some johnson and johnson vicks vapor bath, which you can find at walmart or any other store. and you can also use baby vicks. if its not getting any better take the baby to the dr. to be checked for asthma because even a breathing treatment may help relieve the cough. hope this helps.

Mary - posted on 12/25/2013

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I always make this for my son and I am always happy with the results...
The best natural home-made remedy is to slice a RED onion and put in on their bed side table at night...it works wonderful...after 20 minutos he could finally sleep through the night!!!!
The onion is really helpful....
You could also make some onion syrup...it helps a lot too....just slice a couple of onions put a layer in a jar or bowl, put half lemon juice then cover it with sugar on top of it then another layer of onion and again sugar, Cover it and leave it rest all night (8hr to 12 hours) and then save the syrup....If you like you could put some honey too but it depends on you... I give my son (toddler) 1 or 2 spoons of the syrup around 3 times a day....no medicines or side effects 100% natural...

If you rather not to give your child anything just try with the onion in their bedroom at night....the results are great with my son!

Best wishes! =)

Ann Marie - posted on 12/29/2012

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If they are over the age of one, give them a teaspoon of honey. Local is the best because it has your local pollens in it and helps build immunity. Also rub vicks vaporub on their feet (then put socks on) and on the back . If they are having labored breathing or have asthma don't put it on the chest. It can make things worse because the menthol is very strong

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Mike - posted on 04/05/2014

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Hi my name Michael & l have a 2yr old daughter named lrada, when our little one has had a chesty cough like most parents we take her to the Dr 1st to have him listen to her chest we have been lucky its been nothing serious. in aust children are not given cough syrup, we dont like to give it to her anyway because of any side affects ect. But we were able to find on the market here a natural cough syrup PROPSAN made from ivy leaf extract (hedera helix) produced by a company in Germany called BIOREVIVE. Its ok for small children to take a dosage 2.5 mls, & is the only cough syrup that l know of thats legal for small children to take. Its been great for a chesty cough & has no unpleasant taste. Its also alcohol & sugar free, non-drowsy & no colourings.

Joy - posted on 11/01/2013

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I WILL TRY SOME OF THESE THE VICKS REALLY SOUNDS GOOD MY MOTHER USE ALSO I LIKE THE HONEY AND LEMON

THANKS EVERONE

Helen - posted on 09/23/2013

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My daughter was diagnosed with asthma at three. Another cause of prolonged coughing is after a virus. It seems to go on for months ... but causes no actual harm. It is important to have a doctor check the cause especially in very young children.

Helen - posted on 09/18/2013

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There are a lot of kids, and a grandma (me), coughing away this winter in Australia.

You should have him checked by a doctor in case there is an infection or asthma. The reason cough medicine is not allowed is that a child coughs for a reason - to clear their airways! Cough medicines that suppress the coughing reflex are dangerous.

My daughter did suffer from asthma and when she was a child I found that a small radiator set low to warm her bedroom made a huge difference. I used to put a small bowl of water nearby and leave the door open a bit. It was a bit expensive but it did work.

Linda - posted on 01/03/2013

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You can use ginger root tea and try eucalyptus oil just a few drops in a steaming cup of water let him breathe the steam it should help and it's natural

Merrie - posted on 12/30/2012

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A teaspoon of honey in his tea. Works wonders. If he won't drink tea then just honey on a spoon.

Leona - posted on 10/02/2012

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My son has a really bad cough and cold going in three weeks now and more, doctors so far give him enhancin 228.5, benadryl, and predkid.. with this he's getting diarrhea, the cough and cold is still there I'm getting worried now. What to use

Harper - posted on 05/07/2012

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Dr.Degraw said "Cough and cold medications are no longer available for children under the age of 4 yrs. Most were not very helpful anyways. For kids over 1 yr old, a spoonful of honey works well to quell the tickle in your throat effect of a cold. Hot steam, like sitting in a shower, can get snot to drain out and thus decrease coughing. If severe, or there is difficulty breathing, consult your doc ASAP."

https://www.healthtap.com/user_questions/67809-whats-them-best-cough-remedy-for-babies-below-2

Mistysjobhunt - posted on 05/06/2012

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They will diagnose asthma at a younger age I was diagnosed at 4. My son had symptoms at a younger age. The doctors wouldn't do anything about it thou until I had to carry him to the hospital one night b/c he almost died. I changed doctors and they were actually disapointed in the other doctor for not listening to me. The first doctor told me it wasn't heriditary and it is heriditary. Keep presuring the doctor and get an inhalor just to have on hand. I don't give my son his unless just resting a bit doesn't work and it is really hard for him to breathe. I don't want him to become dependant opon it.

Jillian - posted on 10/28/2011

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Claudia, how old was your daughter when they diagnosed her with asthma? I have severe asthma and have had it all my life and I see my son (2 1/2) having the same symptoms but they wont diagnose him. All the doctors I have seen say they won't diagnose asthma until about 10 years.

Patsy - posted on 02/18/2010

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Get your bathroom full of steam from your hot shower keep the door shut and sit in there as long as you can,It will break up the crap and help alot.

Ciara - posted on 02/18/2010

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When my son has a chesty cough I squeeze some pure lemon juice and put 3 teaspoons of honey into warm water & giv it 2 him.Works wonders!Good Luck!

Laura - posted on 02/18/2010

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i put vicks on a sock and put it in hes pillow and put a vicks in boiling water befor he gos to bed and remove the water wen hes ready for bed

Janet - posted on 02/17/2010

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I'm sorry eliminate the cough syrup RUB VICKS MEDICATION ON HIS CHEST DAY AND NIGHT AND USE VICKS VPORIZOR FOR HIS ROOM.

Janet - posted on 02/17/2010

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Rub medicated VICKS on his chest or use VICKS VAPOROZER for his room, continue to administer cough and cold medications i used TRIAMINIC over the counter childrens medications read label for proper dosage. Keep child warm in bed at night, check make sure he doesnt have a fever. During the day when he's playing he should wear warm clothing long sleeve sweater or sweatshirt and pants cough may last for couple days or weeks continue medication. Drink lots of fluids orange juice, water. The most important is making sure everyone practices good hygiene such as hand washing.

Norma - posted on 02/17/2010

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Warm milk and honey. I have tried that remedy on myself too and it works...! And you can use honey for children 1 year and older...

Kimberly - posted on 02/17/2010

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honey. it REALLY works. My daughter, same thing, Dr. told me to give her honey and i thought it was a crazy idea - turns out it works great. that and a humidifier, cool air mist.

Ellen - posted on 02/16/2010

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Go with the vicks vapor rub my mom used it on me when I was a baby and It works on my children. Someone once told me to rub some on their feet and put socks on but Im not sure what feet have to do with a cough. lol chammoile tea with honey works wonders to.

LiA - posted on 02/16/2010

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My 15 months daughter had suffered from a terrible cold and cough as well recently. It is sad to see her suffering every night, coughing and spluttering... I rubbed vicks vaporub on her chest, feet and toes and put socks when she is sleeping to keep her warm. I gave her a table spoon of honey before she went to sleep and lump sugar mixed with water for her to drink every morning. This helped a lot. You may also test your son for asthma as suggested by Yannine just to make sure he is fine. Hope he will get well soon.

Renee - posted on 02/16/2010

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The honey-lemon mix is your best bet. I have used it on my daughter since she turned a year old and it is truly a miracle worker!!!

Maggie - posted on 02/16/2010

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try either a teaspoon of honey by itself or a tablespoon of honey mixed with 1/2 a cup of orange juice to stop the cough. Saline nose drops or a neti pot to clean out the sinuses can prevent phlegm from dripping down his throat when he lays down. Try propping him up instead of laying him flat - that will help with the dripping, too.

Jen - posted on 02/15/2010

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You can use pillows so he is sleeping in almost a sitting up possition, and you can make a cough syrup with water honey and lemon juice. These help my son the most.

April - posted on 02/15/2010

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When my two year old son had a cough at night I had heard that a spoon of honey or karo syrup could calm a cough. I tried it and it seemed to help although it took a few minutes so I held him upright for 15 or so minutes. He also has a VERY large stuffed gorilla that I propped him against at night so he would be in a partially upright position. This helped a lot.

Elizabeth - posted on 02/15/2010

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My 2 year old does, too. What I do to help her at night is give her a warm bath, and let the bathroom fill up with steam. That helps loosen whats built up in the chest. Also a humidifier in the bedroom at night. There are several types, my favorite is one that has an area to put vicks in. Put some in there, and it will fill the room with moisture that helps break up the flem, and vicks which works the same way. If it's really really bad you can put cooked onions wrapped in a towel on their chest. Probably not the best way to go, since that does the same thing warm air does (IE the vaporizer)

Andrea - posted on 02/15/2010

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My son has a cough right now and once I put the cool mist vaporizer on in his room and the baby vick's vaporub after his bath on his chest and back he got much better when sleeping. Two nights now with no coughing at night, but still a bit during the day. I am in Canada and you can't use cold/cough medicine for under 6 years either but you can buy herbal remedies for colds/cough that are supposed to work. I've only used the remedies for teething and they worked well so might be worth a try. Hope he gets better soon.

Lydia - posted on 02/15/2010

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MY I ASK IF HE HAS A BLOCKED OR RUNNY / STUFFY NOSE OR SUFFER FROM SINUS DRIP IF SO IT COULD EXPLAIN HIS COUGH - I USE A HERBAL TABLET FOR MY 3 YEAR OLD AS SOON AS I SEE HE HAS A RUNNY NOSE OR A COUGH I GIVE HIM A TABLET.
IT IS TISSUE SALT NO 5 - CALI MUR.
IT IS TOTALY HERBAL AND YOU CAN GIVE IT TO BABIES AS WELL. I USE IT AND CAN HAPILLY SAY THAT I NO LONGER HAVE A SINUS DRIP. YOU CAN GET IT AT ANY PHARMACY - THERE ARE MANY KINDS OF TISSUE SALT - ONE FOR NAILS AND HAIR EVEN BONES AND MUCLE - TISSUE SALT IS GREAT IF YOU WANT TO LOOSE WEIGHT THERE IS ONE THAT HELPS TO PREVENT STRECH MARKS. GIVE IT A GO. .

Yannine - posted on 02/15/2010

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Hi, Just a suggestion, but have you tried to test your son for asthma? that is one symptom of asthma, coughing at night. If nothing else helps try that. I say that because nothing worked with my daughter, it helped for a little bit but then she would start right back up again. She was diagnosed with asthma. Its controlled now, and she is fine. Hope this helps.

Claudia - posted on 02/15/2010

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My daughter had the same cough problem and I used the Vicks waterless vaporizer every night (the strips are sold separately). In addition I rubbed vicks vaporub on her chest and feet and put socks on her at bedtime and during the day. That really worked for her. I could notice the difference after just one night on doing that. Hope it helps your son too.

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