Cough is one of the most frustrating symptoms for families because it can interrupt everyone’s rest! Things you can try to get through the night: 1) Run a cool-mist humidifier in your child’s room for a few nights. 2) If your child is over 12mo, give 1tsp of honey (preferably buckwheat honey). This has been shown to be more effective than cough suppressants in children. 3) Have your child sleep on an incline if they are 2 years or older. 4) Turn the shower on hot, close the bathroom door, and sit in the bathroom with your child for 10-15min, breathing in the steamy air. 5) Offer a little warm apple juice or hot tea. 6) If your child has a history of asthma or wheezing, you may give an albuterol or Xopenex treatment up to every 4hrs. 7) If your child is at least 6yrs old and does not have asthma, you may try an over-the-counter cough suppressant, such as Delsym and/or Benadryl. We do not recommend any cough or cold medications under age 6, regardless of the ages stated on the medication packaging.
If your child’s cough sounds like a seal barking, if your child is having difficulty breathing, if your child is turning blue with coughing (turning red is okay), or if your child is obviously wheezing, please call us or go to the ER.