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toddler coughing at night

(10 Posts)
milkyman Sun 11-Jan-15 13:15:53

my 2 yr okd ds has a bit of a cold whih seems to make him cough badly at night. I think its the mucus. What remedies work for you?

TheOnlyWayThrough Sun 11-Jan-15 20:43:42

No remedies as such, but running the central heating a bit warmer always seems to help us for some reason. DS is a terrible night cougher in a cold bedroom!

Muchtoomuchtodo Sun 11-Jan-15 20:45:42

Vicks on his feet with socks on top.

Put plenty on and rub it in well then put socks on him. I have no idea why but it works really well!

NK5BM3 Sun 11-Jan-15 20:48:20

Vicks definitely. On his chest too. My 4 year old just had 3 weeks of a bad cough and we did that. Plus medised. It's paracetamol but with a bit of a sedative like thing to help with breathing. Suitable from 2 years. Helped a lot.

HappydaysArehere Sun 11-Jan-15 21:04:12

Perhaps raise him up a bit with an extra pillow. Used to put Vic on but put it directly on her vest to prevent a rash on her chest.

StrikesMatches Sun 11-Jan-15 21:51:45

DS has just had a chest infection and was coughing a lot at night. We have a heater in his room, so I put a wet flannel with a few drops of olbas oil on it overnight and I think the combination of menthol and slightly moisture in the air helped. I also get a pharmacy mix of lemon, glycerine and honey which seems to help soothe his throat.

homeaway Sun 11-Jan-15 21:56:02

Before bedtime sit in the bathroom with him,keep the door closed and the taps running hot water. The steam will help him, hope he gers better soon.

MoreSnowPlease Sun 11-Jan-15 21:59:30

We put loads of pillows under the mattress to create a slant of about 45 degrees.

HappydaysArehere Wed 14-Jan-15 11:45:09

Oilbas oil is good as said before. Also steam. Many years ago my daughter was very ill and the doctor was asking if she had her dippheria jabs. She had and he gave antibiotics and advocated that the room should be steamy. We had a baby Burco at the time and we had it on all the time. Those pillows under mattress also good. I remember doing that or when older providing extra pillows. Plenty of fruit, fluids etc.

Stretfordmum Sat 17-Jan-15 23:03:01

Cot blocks - which raise the end of the cot up and reduces nus us running down throat making them cough. If it's a dry tricky cough then a humidifier to make the air wetter (can get kid friendly ones from boots and John Lewis)

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