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trying to ease DD's cough tonight - damp towels in her bedroom any good?

(8 Posts)
mckenzie Fri 10-Jul-09 20:05:37

She has a hideous cough that has been an occasional bark for three days but today must have loosened up as she has been coughing non stop and producing some lovely 'stuff'.

I am right in thinking that damp towels in her room might help or did I dream that one?


Wheelybug Fri 10-Jul-09 20:09:07

I think only if you have the radiators on.

yogabird Fri 10-Jul-09 20:09:11

perhaps prop up her bed a little? Not sure on the towel thing - sorry

LucyMinter Fri 10-Jul-09 20:11:11

Have you got any Vicks? Maybe a hot shower to create lots of steam, or if she is able to safely, inhaling steam from a bowl of v hot water might help. That'd be while she's awake though obv.

poor thing sad

mckenzie Fri 10-Jul-09 20:38:31

thanks guys.
She's sleeping peacefully at the moment so i've missed the boat on the steamy shower unfortunately. Damp towels on hot radiators sounds familiar wheelybug - thanks. That wont be any good for this weather huh?
Lucyminter - I think of vicks more for colds - is it good for coughs too?
She's on two pillows already yogabird but thanks for the idea.

MrsMcCluskey Fri 10-Jul-09 20:42:05

Boil a kettle in the room, keep reboiling until room full of steam.

saintmaybe Fri 10-Jul-09 20:43:53

I've sat in the room holding the button down on the kettle before; the room fills up with steam, which helps.

Another tip I was given years ago, and helps with all congestion, is to dice an onion and put it by the bed. It does smell a bit rank in the morning, but again it does help dd, who's prone to URT stuff.

mckenzie Fri 10-Jul-09 21:13:56

thanks for the extra tips. I was just about to make myself a cup of tea - guess i'll be making it in DD's room! smile

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