Kid coughing while sleeping

Ayesha - posted on 11/24/2008 ( 27 moms have responded )

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Hi my 3 year old is coughing while sleeping...any home remedies?

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Anastasia - posted on 11/27/2008

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A naturopath suggested cold socks - I thought he was crazy but it works:
Take a pair of cotton socks and soak them in ice cold water for a minute.
Wring out as much of the water as possible and put them on your child's feet before bed.
Cover with a pair of dry wool socks.
In the morning, the cotton socks will be bone dry, the wool ones too and your child will have slept soundly without coughing once through the night.

Amy - posted on 11/26/2008

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The Vicks on the feet trick works wonders on my girls (6 and 3). They even have realized it and if they start coughing, they ask for it.

Tish - posted on 01/11/2012

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The childrenhospital said dont give kids cough syrups it might make us moms or kids feel better but kids are dying all of a sudden from it.

Claire - posted on 11/27/2008

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My son coughs at night, not because of a cold but because of CF. I use Vicks on his chest and back, also vicks plug ins and olbas oil on his pillow. Works a treat he sleeps most of the night soundly.

Deb - posted on 11/26/2008

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Vicks or tea tree oil on the feet works great! Also, a teaspoon of honey (children over 1) is proven to work as well as cough syrup with no side effects.

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Ashley - posted on 12/01/2008

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I had the same problem as a kid. Is anyone a smoker in your house? Even outside. Try having your little one screened for asmtha, it is often over diagnosed but that is a common symptom. There are lots of irratants that could be bothering your child and preventing them from getting a good nights sleep. Your pediatrician will know how to proceed.

Kristyn - posted on 11/27/2008

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My 3 yr old daughter has asthma and when it is NOT under control this is the first tell tale sign,

Your child may have asthma, if this is so then he/she will need a puffer (flovent) to get the inflammation out of the lungs so that he/she can breathe better w/out coughing.

Besides giving me daughter her puffers we also use a cold mist vaporizer in her room at night.

Elizabeth - posted on 11/25/2008

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Vick Vapor Rub on the chest and back, if that doesnt work put some of it in hot water near your childs beside and it send off a soothing effect my son it was one of his biggest problems he's four.

Alyssa - posted on 11/25/2008

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We also started honey milk at two (My son is now 3). We just add honey to a cup of milk and warm it. It helps him both physically and mentally. He now asks for it the minute he has a cough and it is no big deal to give it to him!

April - posted on 11/25/2008

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Honey does the trick for us. Just a teaspoon is an instant soother and will stop the dry coughs my boys get this time of year... It's nice too, because it can be repeated as necessary, unlike medications.

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Yeah when my son had that the DR said the heat was making the air to dry. We used a cool moist air humidifier and that worked. sometimes had to take a night off of it if it got to moist.

Ayesha - posted on 11/25/2008

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hi...thanks everyone ....really appreciate ur suggestions....i think vicks is the magic thing...will try it tonite....

Linda - posted on 11/24/2008

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Hi ..I was going to say try using vicks vapor rub on the soles of your little ones feet but I see it has already been mentioned.. it is amazing how it does help.. I have advised many a friend and mother to try this with great success.. it also works for adults too....

Amanda - posted on 11/24/2008

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elevate the mattress. Also no milk/dairy before or in bed. The coughing is prob from mucus running down they throat. My son was like that. i stopped giving him alot of milk and it helped

Mary - posted on 11/24/2008

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I know this will sound silly but try putting vicks vap rub on soles of his feet the socks. For some reason, that seems to help! Also, elevate the head of his mattress. Books on one end under the mattress helps and isn't uncomfortable (doesn't have to be high, just elevated). Lastly, a cool mist humidifier may help. Good luck!

Christa - posted on 11/24/2008

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Yes, yes to Vicks on the feet! It has worked wonders for my son. I am also curious about the Hyland cough tablets - they are homeopathic. I use their teething tablets (amazing and fast results) and someone recommended their cough and runny nose tablets, too.

Kim - posted on 11/24/2008

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Vicks on the feet works. I know there is no medical evidence to back this up, but I've tried it on my daughter and myself and it does work! No nasty side effects either. Good luck!

Violet - posted on 11/24/2008

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Wow there are so many great ideas. My son has had that cough for a while now. I am going to try the vick's on the feet trick.

Lisa - posted on 11/24/2008

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My daughter had a dry cough for months. Later, we found out it was asthma. A dry cough w/ no other symptoms can be the first sign of asthma. Make sure the room is dust and pet free, and check to see if cold or dry weather, or other irritants are triggering the cough.

lisa, mom of 4

Romana - posted on 11/24/2008

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The vicks on the feet is definately a very good idea. The cough seems to be going around these days. Both my girls (ages 4 and 7) also had it for a very long time. The older one had it much longer though. But like you also said it was dry and very unproductive. I showed her to the doctor who just gave her a regular cough syrup and that was about it. But I used a humidifier in their room and used vicks on their feet with the socks and it just worked itself out. Since it was not too bothersome it was alright. Over the counter cough meds dont seem to work at all. Good luck! Hope she feels better soon!

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I am having a coughing issue with my 4 1/2 year old. A really dry unproductive cough. I'll try anything! I've tried a teaspoonful of maple syrup (the real stuff not pancake syrup) and it seemed to help a bit. Tonight I'll try Vicks on the feet and socks, as well as the cut onion... no idea what that does but am game for anything to stop the coughing so we can sleep... more importantly so HE can sleep. I am tempted by cough medicine but then I heard it wasn't good for kids under six. So, vicks and onion it is!

Livia - posted on 11/24/2008

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My parents always put a cut onion beside my bed. And I've tried it on my three year old and it worked. A really cheap solution

Pam - posted on 11/24/2008

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The Vicks on the feet will help and it will definitly help him sleep. Have him sit close to the humidifier for a few mins before bed time to help him fall asleep faster too.

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I second the Vicks vaporub on the feet! Amazing how it works at helping kids coughing while sleeping. I also give my boy some cough syrup and put a humidifier in his room.

Alisha - posted on 11/24/2008

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My son was sick last week with a cough (not from allergies) and someone told me to put a good amount of vicks vapor rub on his feet and then some socks, and it helped within minutes. I've only tried it two nights, (that's all I needed) but it really helped. He fell asleep within a few minutes and didn't wake up in the middle of the night coughing. The 2 nights before I tried it, he was up all night coughing and didn't sleep at all. Like I said I have only tried this the two nights, but it might be worth a try. Sounded crazy to me, but it worked.

Sarah - posted on 11/24/2008

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I really like the vick's vapor plug-ins...I also put a small pillow under the mattress to elevate the head of the bed a lil bit.

Lori - posted on 11/24/2008

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We have the same issue. My 3 year old has been on zyrtec for a while now and that seems to help with the allergies that cause his coughing. Also we put vicks vapor rub on his upper lip before he goes to sleep and keep a cup of water by his bed that he can get to easily. Be careful with humidifiers-My doc told us that they can actually make allergies worse. Hope that helps!

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I second the Vicks vaporub on the feet! Amazing how it works at helping kids coughing while sleeping. I also give my boy some cough syrup and put a humidifier in his room.

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