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    B has a cough that kept me up til midnight last night. It's actually a bit of a cold, so he's had some cold and flu medicine this morning, but he's still got a very nasty bark.

    No cough medicines I have given him ever really seem to have much effect (I realise they are just used to make coughing easier) so what can I give him to reduce the effect of his bark tonight? I think he was waking mainly because coughing hurt his throat so much?

    I do have a humidifier, but it seems to have been misplaced when we moved, and I'm not spending the money on buying a new one (I couldn't even if I wanted to!)

    Any solutions?

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    You could try some medic spray - it is just an aerosol you can buy from the chemist that has a menthol type smell and is supposed to help with coughs/colds. I was skeptical but it has helped DD with her coughs.

    Maybe something to soothe his sore throat might help also - like a teaspoon of honey or even panadol if it is really bothering him.

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    Does it sound like a seal barking? If so then your DS has Croup. Cough medicine and a humidifier will not help. You need to keep a close eye on his breathing and if it becomes really noisy (called stridor) then take him to the hospital. He will need steriods. From experience Croup only last 3 days and is worst 2nd and 3rd night. Good luck.

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    Thanks, but I think it's just a nasty cough. He recovers, can breathe and whilst it certainly does sound like it hurts his throat, I'm quite certain it's not croup. (Thankfully!!)

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    My 2 year old DD has had this on & off for months.

    Coughing - wet sounding is a sign of childhood asthma, especially at night. Finally she was diagnosed with Asthma last week & after just one week on meds is nearly stopped coughing all together.

    Worth a visit to your GP. Hope you DS gets better soon

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    Thanks, I hope he is too.

    It's a dry cough that has only just started, so thankfully I also don't believe it to be asthma. You must be very relieved to finally have a diagnosis for your DD! I suffer from exercise induced asthma, and even that is scary (but avoidable if I want to never exercise again!)

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    I found a dose of Panadol and a teaspoon of honey helped us the other week when DD had a cough. I managed to only slightly wake her from her sleep to give her both (phew!)
    She's too young for cough medicine now ( new laws as of Sept 1st ... they must be over 6 to have cough mixture) and she's nearly 3. I have found it never worked anyway.

    I have also made a warm honey and lemon drink for her right before bed last time she had a cough and it really helped I found.

    Good luck xxxx

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    Default Help for a night time bark

    I found a dose of Panadol and a teaspoon of honey helped us the other week when DD had a cough. I managed to only slightly wake her from her sleep to give her both (phew!)
    She's too young for cough medicine now ( new laws as of Sept 1st ... they must be over 6 to have cough mixture) and she's nearly 3. I have found it never worked anyway.

    I have also made a warm honey and lemon drink for her right before bed last time she had a cough and it really helped I found.

    Good luck xxxx

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    Not sure if your LO is old enough but I found olive leaf extract can settle a cough- DSS had a night cough last winter, really seemed to help him stop coughing and get to sleep.

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    The good news is that I pulled the house apart and FOUND the humidifier! Hopefully that helps a bit tonight!

    Olive leaf extract- liquid or tablet form?


 

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