Upper respiratory tract infections such as common cold are the most common cause of cough related sleepless nights in babies. In this case, your baby will also have other cold symptoms such as slightly elevated body temperature, runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, irritability and reduced appetite.
Common colds in babies is usually not serious and resolves within about a week without any medical treatment. But if your baby is younger than 3 months of age, you are recommended to call your pediatrician as soon as possible because newborns are at increased risk of complications including pneumonia and.
Also, consult with your baby’s doctor if you do not know what is causing night coughs regardless of his/her age and call a doctor immediately if:
– your baby has breathing difficulties
– may have swallowed a small object
– has high body temperature or/and any other worrisome symptoms
– has blue lips
– is unconscious
If your baby is older than 3 months and does not have any other worrisome symptoms, you can follow the tips below. Please note that none of the mentioned tips will make the cough go away immediately. But if your baby has an uncomplicated upper respiratory tract infection, it should resolve with other symptoms within a few days.
Baby cough remedy at night tip #1:
Elevate your baby’s head. This will reduce the drainage of mucus from the nose and sinuses into the throat which is the main trigger of night cough because the mucus irritates the airways. You can also elevate the mattress in your baby’s crib by placing a pillow beneath the mattress. Be sure, however, not to put any pillows or other objects into the crib because they pose a risk of suffocation as well as increase the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).
Baby cough remedy at night tip #2:
Give your baby warm or cool liquid or milk formula if you are formula feeding. Both warm and cool liquids help thin out the mucus, make it easier to cough up and sooth the throat. You are also highly recommended to give your baby plenty of liquids during the day to keep him/her well hydrated. Just like adults, babies need more liquids to stay hydrated when they are sick.
Baby cough remedy at night tip #3:
Run a humidifier because dry air irritates the airways and makes the cough even worse. A humidifier will relieve nasal congestion and facilitate breathing by which less irritating mucus will be drained into your baby’s throat. But please keep in mind that humidifiers are an ideal breeding ground for mold and bacteria. You are highly recommended to clean it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Baby cough remedy at night tip #4:
Take your baby into the bathroom, run a warm shower and close the door to allow the steam to sooth your baby’s irritated airways and throat, and thin up the mucus. This baby cough remedy at night works best if it is used in combination with a humidifier.
Baby cough remedy at night tip #5:
Do not use any herbal remedies and over-the-counter cough medications unless you were explicitly allowed to use them by your baby’s doctor. Although some can be very helpful in older kids, most herbal remedies as well as over-the-counter cough medications can cause serious side effects in babies.
Besides following the mentioned tips, you are also recommended to make sure that your baby is comfortable and that he/she gets plenty of rest and fluids during the day.
The author writes for Health from Nature website where you can read about natural health related topics and learn about the most recent scientific findings on how to improve your health in all natural way.