We are completely snowed in, nothing can get through.
Both children are unwell and the eldest one is vomiting but sort of ok - taking fluids, resting etc.
Our three year old has developed a horrible chesty cough and I have nothing here that I can give him and no way of getting to the doctors. i propped him up in bed last night but the cough was really bad. it seems to vanish during the day yet he is eating and drinking very well, no temp, very active.
Can I give him a tiny amount of Benylin or is that wrong? He has never had a cough before but we got quite a fright last night as he was sounding so chesty.
v good home remoedy is onion & honey syrup - see below. You can speed it up by putting it into a small pan and gently heating it up to let onion run the juices, but don't cook it. Could also add garlic for the antiseptic effect.
Honey & onion syrup To prepare the onion and honey syrup, chop the onion and add three full tablespoons of honey. Leave the mixture overnight. In the morning, filter out the onion cubes and retain the fluid. Ingest a full tablespoon every two hours.
I think if I tried to give my dd honey and onion syrup she'd have a few choice words to say to me.
Cold night air always worked a treat on croupy dd. Just a quick walk outside (well wrapped up). Only when she was really struggling though. If he's managing to sleep despite the odd coughing fit, I'd let him stay in bed, steam around the room and lots of tlc.
DD sounded flipping awful a couple of weeks ago. Rattly, barky, hoarse etc. It cleared up as quickly as it came.
Hi, I second the Onion and honey syrup. In the meantime you can cut an onion and put it with its cut side upwards on the bedside table as the chemicals it releases will help breathing. Also, give little sips of warm drink (not milky if he has a cold) so chamomile tea or warm water with lemon and honey, or just warm water.Vomitting is not bad although unpleasant as long as they keep sipping water or something else, dehydration is the real danger. Also, lots of distraction and calpol and calprofen (if you don't have it I would try that somebody gets it for you just in case you need it). If you are snowed in, you may be able to order Goodyear tyre socks online (if they deliver, they come by courier forgot which one, but you can ask them), I got them the next day. Ambulance services also use them. Also, I would definitely not take them out in the cold! Hope they get better soon.
A much better night last night, ds only coughed a couple of times but slept well. He took the onion and honey juice this morning and liked it. Both children are in duvet nests on the sofa and I lit the fire early so the room is lovely and warm.
We have no hope at all of getting out as the snow is even deeper today and no cars have passed which means the road is properly blocked. (We live off the road in an isolated area).
Thanks for being so reassuring as I did feel panic and worry but the night went well.
DD2 who is only 8 months old had this last week. She was coughing dreadfully in the night, very congested first thing in the morning etc...
DP and I had it to a lesser extent the week before, so knew it would run its course and it did.
Anyway, we just gave her Calpol (even though she didn't have a temp, think she was in pain at times as she would cough and then do a little whimpering cry). She sounded terrible. On the plus side though, it only lasted about a week, with the worst of ot being over a three/four day period. We also used Karvol capsules on a hanky in her bed at night which seemed to help. She is pretty much fine now
Has anyone ever told you about using Vaporub on children's feet at bedtime when they have a very bad cough - it's supposed to work wonders, but best to stick to the kiddie version I would think. I haven't tried it as we didn't have any in and she improved by the time I had chance to get some.