Coughing at night is normal for adults. We know how to deal with it. But when your baby’s coughing at night, it is difficult to diagnose what is wrong with her. Because your baby can’t talk to you yet, it’s your job to determine the cause. Below are some causes that you can identify and how you can treat the cough.
During a cold night, your baby becomes more sensitive to the temperature. It causes the mucus from the nose drain down the throat, causing your baby coughing at night. She coughs as a way to clear her throat.
If your baby is coughing because of cold weather, try to make her more comfortable. First, your baby’s airways need to be cleared. You can use a saline spray or a suction suggested by a doctor. It helps to drain her nasal passages and make her breathe more easily.
Don’t give your baby any medication before consulting with a doctor. However, if your baby is under 12 months old, you can give her corn syrup to help her deal with the cough. But remember not to give her too much. Only a teaspoon is enough.
Placing a pillow under her head can also help with her nasal drainage. Do this only if your baby is old enough to support her head.
Sleep apnea is a disorder indicated by significant enlargement of tonsils and adenoids. This problem is commonly found among three to six years old children.
Sleep apnea is caused by massively enlarged glands that can block the upper airway during nighttime. It causes difficulty in breathing.
At night, the throat muscles of your child become relaxed, causing the overly sized glands to restrict the pulmonary circulation into the lungs temporarily.
The coughing can also be a result of reflux. When your baby eats and goes directly to bed, the food is not well-processed yet.
This causes the food to go back up from her stomach, causing the baby to cough at night, spitting and vomiting. It also leaves an awful taste in her mouth because of the acid from the stomach.
This condition is also called gastroesophageal reflux (GER). It is not a serious condition and when your baby gets older, this condition will naturally disappear. Usually, infant reflux is gone when your baby hits 18 months old.
Usually, infant reflux can go on its own. However, you can do something to help your baby gets better. You can start by feeding your baby smaller portion more frequently. After feeding her, hold your baby upright for 20 to 30 minutes.
If a toddler coughs at night, it can also because of some allergies or asthma. You have to be aware of this since it’s related to your little one’s lung.
For example, if your baby has asthma, you can notice that the cough is dry and worsens at night or in the early morning. Your baby chest becomes tight and her breath becomes short.
When you see this symptom on your baby, you should immediately contact a doctor. This could be a serious condition if the coughing lasts for more than a week.
All in all, when you hear your baby coughing at night, it is okay for you to concern, especially if you’re a new parent. What you have to do is make sure what types of cough that your baby suffers, since nighttime cough can be caused by several conditions. Make sure that you treat your baby well and if necessary, take her to a doctor.