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Calming Your Child’s Cough: 4 Tips to Try Now

little girl coughingHearing and seeing your little one suffer from a nagging cough is hard. Coughing bouts can disrupt meals, put a damper on play time, and disturb sleep. While cough and cold medicines are not safe for children under the age of six, there are remedies you can use to calm the cough. The best solution for each child will vary and partly depends on their age.

4 Home Remedies for Coughing

    1. Prop Up – Elevating your child’s head can help allow for easier breathing and make coughing less frequent. For a baby, place a pillow underneath the crib mattress to elevate the area where her head rests. For older children, arrange a few pillows under the back, shoulders, and head to allow them to sleep slightly upright.
    2. Make Some Steam – Steam can help loosen chest and nasal congestion so that your child can cough or blow the congestion out. Turn on a hot shower in the bathroom and close the door. Sit inside your “steam room” for 15 minutes with your child each morning and evening. Bring snacks or books in the room to keep your child from getting bored.
    3. Humidify the Bedroom – Try running a cool mist humidifier in your child’s bedroom overnight. This will help keep airways clear and moist and decrease congestion and coughing.
    4. Try Honey Over Age 1 – While children under the age of one can’t consume honey, toddlers and older children may benefit from a spoonful of honey at bedtime. In fact, research shows that buckwheat honey is better at treating nighttime coughing than over-the-counter medications. Even if you don’t have buckwheat honey on hand, any type of honey can help coat a scratchy throat.

When to Call a Doctor

If your child’s cough doesn’t ease after a few days or if he or she has any of the following symptoms, consult with a doctor.

  • Your child has a barking cough, sometimes called croup
  • He or she is wheezing when breathing out
  • He has a noisy sound when breathing in
  • Your child has a fever of 102 degrees or higher (or any fever and is less than 3 months old)

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