night cough

Rachel - posted on 02/02/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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my 3 year old son has a cough but only seems to be at night. He seems to wake around the same time every night. Sometimes he will cough so much hes sick. Drs have told me cough medicines are no use......any ideas

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Yesim - posted on 02/03/2009

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The best thing I know is Vick Vapor rub on feet and then put some socks on. It stops the cough after 5 minutes. No kidding. if it's not an allergy then this will help. We're doing it  since I  read about it. You can actually find some links about it online. It's a miracle remedy.

Dana - posted on 02/02/2009

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My son had a cough like that since he was 8 mos old.  Every time he got even the slightest cold he would cough and cough and cough often until he threw up.  We took him to the ER several times and even called the ambulance once because he was breathing very hard and fast.  We tried all the tricks, humidifier, steamy showers, hot liquids, raising the head of his bed, saline nose drops, but nothing worked.  Our pediatrician at the time even prescribed an inhaler for when he coughed but my husband (who is a pharmacist) didn't like having our son on albuterol all the time.  Just 2 months ago we switched pediatricians and our new doctor diagnosed my son with asthma.  We went to the asthma specialist and got a preventive inhaler (Flovent) and he hasn't really coughed much since because the medicine reduced the inflamation in his lungs that was causing his cough.



Moral of my story?  Be persistent, even if your doctor keeps telling you that kids get colds or things like that if you think there is something wrong maybe find another doctor.



Good Luck!

Terri - posted on 02/03/2009

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vapor rub on the bottom of the feet and socks!!!!! works like magic!!!!!

Brooke - posted on 02/03/2009

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I swear by this remedy...  put vapor rub on his feet then put socks on them.  I know it sounds strange but it works everytime for my lil girls.  Good luck :)

Amy - posted on 02/16/2012

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I would try a decongestant and or an anitihistimine because drainage could be causing it. Delsym cough suppresant is the best on the market to stop the cough and may be used with the other meds. Use a humidifier in his room at night. If these suggestions do no work, I would consider having him checked for asthma.

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Susan - posted on 02/03/2009

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Hi Rachel. My 7yr old daughter started something similar when she was that age. We had just moved from the New England area to South Georgia. They kept saying it was bronchitis. After about the 3 visit in 3 mos. I asked if this was normal and that's when they finally said she had asthma. She would cough for hours. She got so use to it that she would do it in her sleep. Anyways, she has been taking asthma meds ever since. It has definitly helped. Her worst periods are in winter because of the cold air. It really doesn't bother her with activity. It has to do with the cordizone dropping off when they sleep and that makes them cough. Hope that helps.

Shana - posted on 02/03/2009

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My son has this same type of cough - same time every night.  I have been giving him a spoonful of honey at that time and it works wonders.  Something about the soothing qualities and some component of honey that soothes and keeps the cough at bay.  Once I give him his "medicine" the coughing is done.  Never fails.  It's an easy try.

Laura - posted on 02/03/2009

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you could try and put a bowl of water on his windowsill, as the air in his room may be getting a little dry in the night, especially if you have central heating. it worked for my children, worth a try.

Nikki - posted on 02/03/2009

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Hey rachel;



   I would say the cool misy humidifier as well. My son is now 16 and he stills gets a croupie like cough 2-3 times a year. Yes at night it gets much worse. If it is really bad another way is to bundle him up to where only his face is exposed and sit outside with him in the cool air. Now that my son is older we have gotten used to it..Running around outside during the day seems to make it worse and aggravate it. Walking is ok.. Now that my son is older he knows what he can and cant do... Sometimes inhalers work, sometimes they dont. Now my son sometimes can have anti biotics as it goes a little brochial on him.. Hope this helps..



 



Nikki

Debbie - posted on 02/02/2009

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i'd go back to docs,

did they suggest an inhaler?

my 4th son had same thing,

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Our doctor attributed my son's night coughing to allergies as well. He would cough so hard that he was vomiting every night.  This would only occur during the allergy seasons.



We did what the lady did above, but it wasn't enough. We ended up having to put him on Singulair. It really helped; he only takes it when allergy season kicks in.

User - posted on 02/02/2009

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We just found out that my 4 year old has severe allergies to house dust.  We put an allergy cover on his pillow and mattress and he sleeps so much better now - no breathing problems, no coughing.  I used to put vicks on his feet and then put socks on him to sleep and that would usually stop the coughing for the night too.



Good luck!

Daphne - posted on 02/02/2009

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hi.

My 2 year old daughter went through the same thing during a month and the doctor told me she may have kept mucus on her head like a type of sinusitis. She had to give me penicilin to take the mucus out.

Hope this helps you.

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we had the same problem with my daughter, it wnet on for about 6 months, we took her to the emerge a bunch of times and finally the put her on an allergy medication, singular, it worked right away.. she was on it for a bit and then we took her off and the cough is gone.. have no idea if it was allergies or not..

Christina - posted on 02/02/2009

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I have a son with a cough also and the tip about the cool mist humidifer is a good one and also it could be post nasal drip from allergies. I would ask the doctor but claritin and benedryl might be what you need. If its not a cold only a cough it could me the post nasal drip making him cough when he's laying down. I would suggest trying the humidifier first before going to the drugs though.

Christy - posted on 02/02/2009

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Rachel,



I have a cougher, too. She has coughing asthma-that's what they call it..



We do a cool mist vaporizer w/ the vapo liquid during colds.



We also do a couple of sprays of chloroseptic and Mucinex. Any medicine that is an expectorant and not a suppressant. (your son may not tolerate the choloroseptic)



Recently turning her on her belly to sleep seems to keep the coughing under control, so try that. Sometimes I have to go in several times to make sure she is on her belly.



If you have access to a Pulmonologitst, see if you can make him a well apt. and then a sick apt. when he gets a cold. Then you can make sure he does not have asthma.



Sometimes pediatricians will miss it, or pass it off as a cold, etc.



 



Good luck!



Christy



 



Quoting Rachel:

night cough

my 3 year old son has a cough but only seems to be at night. He seems to wake around the same time every night. Sometimes he will cough so much hes sick. Drs have told me cough medicines are no use......any ideas





 

Christy Hayes - posted on 02/02/2009

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If you haven't already try using a cool mist humidifier! This time of year with the heat on it can cause your house to have no humidity at all which can make you sick!  I had to get one for my whole house cause my daughter was staying so congested! It has really helped! She hasn't been congested since we started using it now!

Holly - posted on 02/02/2009

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Have you tried elevating the head of the bed? We use Tylenol Cold for our guy (he's 4) on occasion when it gets bad and that works for us.

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