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coughing for last 4 hours! HELP

(19 Posts)
spod Fri 25-Feb-05 23:00:14

dd (16 months) has been coughing for last 4 hours and so cant get off to sleep.... she's teething and has had a temp... so far had calpol, neurofen and a cough med... any ideas? its not chesty... sounds likt tickly

spod Fri 25-Feb-05 23:10:23

help... gotta get her some sleep

Fimbo Fri 25-Feb-05 23:11:46

If you can get to a 24hr chemist I would get Medised. It helps my ds to sleep.

spod Fri 25-Feb-05 23:13:17

she refuses to take it... and cant give it to her anyway... shes had calpol, neurofen and tixilix

Skribble Fri 25-Feb-05 23:13:22

Sometimes just sips of water to sooth when you can't give any more med. I normaly have to stay nearby with water handy to give before coughing gets to bad each time. Try proping them up a bit as tickles often get worse when lying down. Safest way is to put extra pillow under mattress.

spod Fri 25-Feb-05 23:14:38

shes drunk 2 cupfuls of water... i've been with her the whole time, tried various sleeping positions...

polly28 Fri 25-Feb-05 23:15:10

try a damp towel on the radiator to moisten the air.
Is she wheezing?,My ds gets wheezy when he has a cold ,makes him cough when lying down,don't know why.Is she upset by the coughing.

spod Fri 25-Feb-05 23:17:33

shes not wheezing... she is annoyed by the coughing

Niddlynono Fri 25-Feb-05 23:18:21

Have you tried raising the head of her bed? Or if you try and humidify the room by putting a wet towel on the radiator.

Bless her. She must be pooped.

SPARKLER1 Fri 25-Feb-05 23:18:46

my dd (5) had a dreadful cough a few weeks ago - kept us up for nights. I tried everything, tixylix, olbas oil in steaming hot water, drinks, karvol capsules on the pillow. None of it seemed to help. I then used Vicks vaporub on her chest, throat and back and it seemed to ease. I swear it helped.

spod Fri 25-Feb-05 23:19:19

tried raising her head end.... will try the towel on rad... had turned heating off cos she has high temp

spod Fri 25-Feb-05 23:19:56

i thought vicks stuff was recalled?

SPARKLER1 Fri 25-Feb-05 23:20:25

was it?

spod Fri 25-Feb-05 23:21:51

I'm sure i read something on here about it... it was the baby balsam version (or whatever the name is) i think it had been linked to fits or convulsions in babies ... sorry cant remember full details

partymoo Fri 25-Feb-05 23:22:00

Try and make the room steamy - you can even plug a kettle in and boil it (obviously don't leave it in the room with her). Coughs are the pits.

partymoo Fri 25-Feb-05 23:23:51

You're not supposed to use vapour rub type things on babies under 6 months - can't remember exact details but the strength of the menthol stuff can sort of send their breathing into shock - but 16 months is fine.

spod Fri 25-Feb-05 23:29:36

okay, sorry, didnt mean to panic anyone, I'm sure i read something on mumsnet tho'....

ionesmum Fri 25-Feb-05 23:38:53

Definitely a fan of steamy rooms, we've even got our dds up and given them a bath! Karvol do a version of Vick rub which is also good. Perhaps the teething is causing the cough - or at least making it worse - if she is dribbling a lot? Also have brought dd1 downstairs and sat her in front of a Tweenies video, it's not ideal but at least it took all our minds off it, and dd1 did eventually fall asleep. There are a lot of coughs around this year and IME there's not a lot you can do except find ways to cope and sit it out. Lots of sympathy and I hope your dd gets better soon.

spod Sat 26-Feb-05 19:43:44

this thread says about the vaour rub

dd still coughing!

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