My 3 year old daughter goes through peroids where she has a very dry harsh cough only at night, while she appears to be sleeping. During the day, she is totally fine, no cold or anything that would indicate a cough at night. It seems to happen for about a week then goes away then reappears a month later, any thoughts?
This is most likely nothing at all to worry about. It could easily be the result of mouth breathing, that then makes the throat very dry and when it becomes dry it becomes irritated and when irritation occurs, then coughing naturally occurs too.
You could try to ensure that she drinks enough before she goes to bed as lubrication.
Other than that, my other suggestion is that you give her one dose of the HOMEOPATHIC remedy DROSERA. This remedy is extremely good for exactly these types of dry or barking coughs that occur at night.
The remedy is non toxic and is not harmful in any way at all. You just need to let one pill or tablet dissolve under her tongue and in this situation, one dose would probably be enough.
I am not overly concerned that there is something wrong, my primary concern is her comfort and it wakes everyone up in the house. She breaths through her nose, I think. The strange thing is that it comes and goes.
My daughter had a lot of problems with seasonal allergies which would lead to a dry cough, to sinusitis, ear infection, tonsilitis, and finally bronchitis and this would brew up overnight. She had her tonsils and adenoids taken out this past July and has done beautifully. She is also on Singular and Zyrtec for when the allergies are bad.
Originally posted by michael813: My 3 year old daughter goes through peroids where she has a very dry harsh cough only at night, while she appears to be sleeping. During the day, she is totally fine, no cold or anything that would indicate a cough at night. It seems to happen for about a week then goes away then reappears a month later, any thoughts?
One word...asthma. Inhalers will solve it most likely.
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my daughter now 4 coughed through the night for 3 years, it would come and go and she also breathed through her nose as her tonsils and adnoids were huge, she also had sleep apnia because of them, she had them both taken out just over two weeks ago and so far no coughing or snoring.... when she did wake in the night coughing I used to give her some water to drink and it used to clear her throat...
My son had night coughing (on and off) for five years. Then he was diagnosed with asthma. I had always thought asthma was when someone couldn't breathe. Night coughing is apparently a common way for mild asthma to begin. As he got older, he started wheezing too. My son is now 11 and though his asthma is now more "typical" (wheezing and some difficulty breathing), he will still get night coughing sometimes. When he does, I have him use his inhaler and it stops almost immediately.
I had twins that were both asthmatic. One worse than the other. Coughing at night (dry hacking cough) is a sign of Asthma. Listen to your child's chest when she is quiet between coughing.... put your ear upon her chest and if you hear wheezing sounds (or whisteling) that could very well be what is going on. DO NOT put on the humidifier (like I did before I knew what was going on), it will make it worse. Her cough reflexs are trying to keep her airways open. Inhalers and medicine will do the trick. See a doctor. Good Luck.