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1 year old coughing all night

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Reindeerlily Thu 27-Oct-16 06:39:57

I'm just after some advice really, my 1 year old was awake most of the night coughing. I put him in bed with me with his head propped higher and he got a little sleep but he hasn't stopped coughing the whole night.
I gave him some honey and lemon with warm water but it made no difference.
Does anyone have any ideas what I can give him to help him sleep better and cough less?
I took him to the doctors last time he had a cough and they said he was fine and gave nothing.

bastedyoungturkey Thu 27-Oct-16 06:42:18

Snuffle babe or baby olbas seem to ease it for a little while?

ALongTimeComing Thu 27-Oct-16 06:43:35

Humidifier
Wet towel on radiator
Vics on feet

Reindeerlily Thu 27-Oct-16 06:44:30

Thanks basted I'll get some today. Poor love is beside himself with tiredness.

Reindeerlily Thu 27-Oct-16 06:46:09

Alongtimecoming id forgotten about the Vicks on feet thing. I'll do a towel on radiator too. Anything to help him and me get some sleep! Thanks.

Augustwedding Thu 27-Oct-16 06:46:43

Our lb has this right now as well. The GP gave us a centolun inhaler. I'd take him back to GP. Hope it gets better. It's miserable when they are ill.

Blueredballoon Thu 27-Oct-16 06:48:44

Yes my 1 year old has this too at the moment- he has been prescribed an inhaler which seemed to help a bit last night. I hope he feels better soon- it's horrible!

Augustwedding Thu 27-Oct-16 06:51:05

* ventolin

Reindeerlily Thu 27-Oct-16 06:51:37

It's horrible Augustwedding they are so helpless. I'll see how we get on tonight and then if no improvement I'll take him to the dr tomorrow. Thanks for your advice. Actually I might just phone the doctor today. Better to be seen sooner rather than later.

Popskipiekin Thu 27-Oct-16 06:54:03

Another one prescribed an inhaler for a "chesty child" as our then 1 yo would get so wheezy when ill, it really helped him (though I'm afraid he hated having to use it sad). Keeping the air moist with bowls of hot steaming water (as long as he's safely contained in bed/cot) worked a bit too, along with all the other suggestions you have had.

Popskipiekin Thu 27-Oct-16 06:56:51

Reindeer I would just go to GP. Take him and hang about first thing if that's how your surgery works. Up all night coughing really is miserable. I persisted not taking ours to GP once as I thought he was probably ok, ish, and we came away with antibiotics for ear infection and me feeling really bad for not taking sooner!

Augustwedding Thu 27-Oct-16 07:53:41

Def go today. We waited three weeks as thought had cleared up but came back really badly. Co slept last night as he just kept crying. No sleep for me but he got some. Luckily dh is a teacher on half term so keeping him of nursery for now. Let us know how you get on.

Reindeerlily Thu 27-Oct-16 09:59:04

Thanks everyone. Got an appointment at 10.40. Will let you know how we get on.

Reindeerlily Thu 27-Oct-16 11:45:52

Saw the doctor, she listened to his chest and checked his temp etc said he's fine. No rattle on his chest. She heard him cough and told me to give him Vicks and nurofen. I showed her a recording of his rattling chest and she passed it off, said it was his nose. It was definitely his chest. Feel a bit annoyed. Can't cope with another night of no sleep.
Ah well I'll get to boots and stock up. Thanks for all your help and advice. Much appreciated.

Augustwedding Thu 27-Oct-16 21:21:21

Sorry they didn't give you anything to resolve the cough. If you are still concerned keep going back.

Have you tried the calpol plug in? Will help if he is bunged up as well.

Wolfiefan Thu 27-Oct-16 21:26:03

Night time cough is a classic sign of asthma. If this carries on you need to insist on an assessment for that. The old idea was very young kids shouldn't be given a diagnosis but I don't know about now.
Humidifier and olbas oil helped here.

hanban89 Thu 27-Oct-16 21:41:22

My DD1 was very chesty when she was younger and we spent soooo many nights comforting her. I wish I had done more and been persistent with the doctor. She's 4 almost 5 now and still gets a chesty cough with a cold. I have found that a steamy bowl of hot water in the room with a few drops of olbas help, along with Vicks on their feet, chest and back. Also try a dose of baby Piriton at bed, as it can be a great cough suppressant. It can be used from 12 months but can make them drowsy so only use while cough is at worst before bed.

Augustwedding Fri 28-Oct-16 06:21:10

How was last night?

Reindeerlily Fri 28-Oct-16 07:20:36

Morning. Last night was much better. He's still coughing but nowhere near as much. I put Vicks on his chest, back and feet, gave him nurofen and raised the head of his mattress.
We've both slept, I went to bed at 9.20 to guarantee a bit of sleep!
I'm so grateful to you all for replying to me.
Hopefully he'll be 100% soon.

Augustwedding Fri 28-Oct-16 07:43:57

Glad to hear he is on the mend smile

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