Category: Sleep Expert

Children’s bedtime cough

“I would love some understanding on my children’s bedtime cough, which disturbs them at least 50 % of nights. They are 3 & 2, we don’t smoke and have tried all sorts of remedies such as cold mist humidifiers & air purifiers. We have no pets. They don’t seem to cough in the day unless poorly, but consistently cough most nights and they can’t sleep because of it. This even happens with naps.”

If the bedtime cough only occurs at night, there are a couple of possible explanations. Firstly it could be due to asthma as the drop in cortisol at night could trigger this. Secondly, it could be due to acid reflux which can worsen at night due to the horizonal position. Finally, it could be due to allergies (e.g. pets, pollen, dust).

I suggest speaking to your doctor first to investigate. If due to acid reflux, sleeping propped up with a pillow can help. Also not eating close to bedtime and avoiding fatty or acidic foods. If due to allergies, you can buy hypoallergenic pillows but also remember to wash duvets, blankets, pillows, cuddly toys and don’t let animals in the bedroom.

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