A child’s cough at night, and there is no symptom during the day — this is a sign of a certain disease. To eliminate it, it is necessary to treat the main ailment that caused it. You can improve the condition of the child with the help of syrups, tablets and other means, but the disease can be cured only with the help of properly selected treatment. Let’s try to figure out what contributes to such a development of events, and how to stop coughing at night.
The reasons for this phenomenon
Very common night cough in children. Strengthening at night occurs as a result of the fact that in a horizontal position the distribution of fluid in the body is carried out evenly, and not as usual, rushes to the legs. As a result, the accumulation of sputum and cough aggravation. To provoke such a cough can a variety of diseases. For example, gastro-esophageal reflux can cause a night cough in a child. It is possible to recognize the disease earlier in children at an older age, since they can explain the attacks of heartburn that have arisen in them.
In infants occurs night with teething. The child simply chokes with saliva, which at this moment stands out in large numbers, and begins to cough. During this period, put the baby to sleep on its side, and put a small mattress under the head.
Night cough may also indicate the presence of dry air in the room where the child is sleeping. Solving this problem is very simple, you just need to ventilate the room. You can also use improvised means, for example, on the battery to lay a damp towel.
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If accompanied by creaking of teeth (why the child coughs and grinds his teeth when he sleeps)
If, when the child goes to bed, during a night cough, the child still gnashing his teeth, then these are obvious signs of a cold, inflammation of the throat and trachea. In addition, a night creak in combination with a cough may occur for the following reasons:
- Worm infestation.
- Foreign body in the bronchi.
If accompanied by the release of snot
Often cough at night is accompanied by a cold. In this case, the child has no temperature rise. The causes of these symptoms are infectious or allergic reactions.
Cough and pronounced rhinitis with normal temperature indicators suggest colds of viral origin. If there is a bacterial disease, then there is a rise in temperature. In case of delayed therapy, the following effects may occur:
- sinusitis (symptoms of sinusitis in children are described here);
- pharyngitis (which pharyngitis antibiotics for children can find out here);
We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the list of syrups for children in this material.
A viral common cold greatly weakens the immune system, which contributes to the accession of a bacterial infection. Against the background of the common cold, chronic illnesses can wake up and pathogenic microorganisms take effect.
Symptoms such as coughing and snot at night are often manifestations of an allergic reaction. As in the previous case, there is no rise in body temperature. With allergies, the following symptoms occur:
- dry cough;
- strong nasal discharge;
- swelling of the nose;
- increased tearing;
- erythema and skin rash.
Allergies can occur for the following reasons:
- prolonged stay in a smoky room;
- highly dusty room;
- smoking people are close to the child;
- flowering period of trees and plants;
- use of cosmetics and household chemicals;
- dry air in the kid’s room.
The manifestations of an allergic reaction are very similar to the symptoms of a common cold. If you notice a cough and runny nose in your child at night, you should consult a doctor for an examination and an accurate diagnosis. When it is known that the cause of the common cold and cough is an allergy, it is urgent to determine the type of allergen. For this child, it is worthwhile to show an allergist. This disease requires a specific therapy, during which it is necessary to eliminate contact with the component that causes an allergic reaction. If you do not start treatment at the time, then a dry cough will provoke such a pathology as chronic bronchitis. In this article you can read more about how to recognize an allergic cough in a child.
If recently ill, the disease manifests itself in the night
Often cough occurs at night after a long illness. Most often these are manifestations of inflammatory and allergic bronchitis, which take on a chronic form. Thus, the baby will attend a cough at the stage of aggravation. In addition to coughing, a small patient can be visited by a strong OTC of the bronchial mucosa. As a result, breathing worsens and an intense cough occurs.
Another ailment that can leave a mark in the form of night cough is the respiratory syncytial virus. It affects children during the first 2 years. This disease most often occurs when the baby attends kindergarten. The characteristic symptoms of the disease are swelling of the bronchial mucosa, poor airflow and obstruction of the lower respiratory tract. After some time, the baby may experience shortness of breath, prolonged exhalation and cramps. The overwhelming cough affects him at night.
What to do: strong cough at night (the child begins to cough when he goes to bed)
How to stop a baby attack at night? In order to at least slightly alleviate the condition of the baby at night, when there is no cough during the day, it is necessary to follow the following recommendations:
- Before you go to bed, fill the baby’s room with fresh air.
- To do wet cleaning 2 times a day.
- Use additional methods of air humidification in the room.
- During the day, the child should consume a large amount of liquid in order to cough less. The best option would be fruit drinks, warm hips and tea.
- Make sure the baby’s nose is breathing throughout the day. If the baby does not learn to blow his nose, then it is worth washing the nose with saline.
- To relieve seizures, you need to take effective means of the child and use inhalation. But do not perform this treatment for patients younger than 6 months.
- When a baby suffers from a dry, suffocating cough, then it is worth giving him an antitussive.
You can not give the child for the treatment of cough antibiotics. When wet, it is not necessary to give protivokashlevye drugs, and when dry – expectorant. With special care it is necessary to carry out rubbing of small patients. Do not use antihistamines without the approval of the doctor. If you want to ease the sleep of a child during a coughing fit, then you just need to change his body position.
If coughing spells do not leave the car for a long time and all the above recommendations do not give the desired effect, then an urgent need to go to the clinic. There, the doctor will be able to determine the causes of night cough and prescribe an effective treatment to eliminate it.
Dr. Komarovsky recommends that in order to relieve night coughing attacks, you are more likely to go outdoors with your child. This is the best prevention of mucus drying. Special attention requires rhinitis crumbs. We can not allow the nose of the child is not breathing. Otherwise, it will breathe air through the mouth, and this contributes to the desolation of mucus.
If a child has a high temperature other than cough, this also dries out mucus. Komarovsky advises giving antipyretic drugs to the baby in this case. Release them in the form of syrup, candles. But before using them you need to consult with a specialist.
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The danger of bronchitis is that thick mucus clogs the lumen in the bronchi. As a result, natural ventilation of the lungs is disturbed. It will settle bacteria that cause inflammation of the lungs. This ailment is considered more dangerous and requires prolonged therapy. Read also about allergic bronchitis in children in this article.
To relieve night coughing attacks, Komarovsky advises using massage. But it is allowed to carry it out only if the child has a normal body temperature. Lay the baby on his knees so that the head is below the fifth point. Attach 2 fingers to the back of the lungs. Perform light and smooth tapping with the fingers of your other hand. Such activities will contribute to the release of sputum in a natural way. As a result, the disease will begin to leave the child’s body.
Komarovsky does not recommend the use of drugs that inhibit the cough reflex or dilute mucus with the help of chemical components, without the permission of the doctor is unwise. Such treatment will only forget about the symptoms, but does not eliminate the disease itself.
A dry and paroxysmal cough in a child is a very unpleasant symptom, and especially if it occurs at night. And it does not matter at all whether it is of nature – viral or allergic – it needs to be treated. If you do not start treatment in time, the disease may take a chronic form, and it will be almost impossible to cure it.