The child coughs in a dream: why
Coughing is an important signal for parents that something is wrong with the baby. This is a protective mechanism by which the body tries to remove pathogens or mucus from the respiratory tract. If a child coughs in a dream, already by the nature of the ailment it can be assumed that lies at the base of the attacks.
Why does a cough appear?
It is important to understand that you can not suppress the cough itself, you need to look for the reasons for its appearance. Do not hesitate to go to the doctor if the child coughs before going to sleep. Only he can make the correct diagnosis and prescribe an adequate treatment.
Dry cough can occur if there is any irritant of the airways. Most often it is caused by viruses and microbes, but the factors can be factors such as dust, animal hair or tobacco smoke. A wet cough indicates an excessive amount of sputum.
Causes of night cough
Many parents are very concerned about why a child coughs in a dream at night, but is absolutely healthy during the day. This phenomenon can be observed for several reasons.
- ENT diseases. In this case, the cough can be dry and manifest as a tingling or tickling in the throat. In the prone position, mucus enters the larynx, which provokes a reflex cough.
- Bronchial asthma. This disease can worsen at night. The main distinguishing feature is light whistling with an exhalation. Usually, it appears closer to the morning, which is associated with increased bronchospasm. Sometimes cough should be regarded as the equivalent of asthma.
- Throwing the contents of the stomach. If the child coughs after sleeping and at night, and then the baby is worried about heartburn, the problem is most likely the wrong functioning of the digestive tract.
- Whooping cough. The painful and agonizing attacks of coughing, as a rule, result in vomiting. The face of the baby can strongly blush during attacks, and the eyes - watering.
- Viral infection. At first, the child is disturbed by a dry cough, and then it becomes wet.
What to take during an attack?
If a child coughs heavily in a dream, parents can ease his suffering a little. You can offer your baby a warm drink that will slightly reduce irritation and relieve inflammation. Well helps honey, tea with lemon or raspberries.
Character of cough
To determine whether a cough belongs to a particular disease, the doctor must determine the type of cough. For this you need to pay attention to its characteristics:
- force of cough;
- the time of day when the cough is the strongest;
- character of cough: dry or wet;
- presence of sputum and its quantity;
- timbre of cough;
- other symptoms: runny nose, fever and wheezing.
How to choose an antitussive?
If the child coughs after sleep or during daytime games, it is unlikely to get by without treatment. To find the right drug, you need to understand the basic nuances. It is better to consult a pediatrician who will decide on a further plan of action.
When assigning treatment, the doctor will analyze:
- Productivity and intensity of cough;
- the nature of the bronchial secretion, the degree of viscosity;
- the child's age and general condition;
- pharmacological features of various antitussive drugs.
How to treat a cough?
If the child coughs in a dream, you need to be cautious about combining drugs. They combine components of different effects, so you can not take them without prescribing a doctor. If the child has an allergic reaction, be sure to report this at the reception!
Parents should know that it is not allowed to give a child antitussive drugs if they have a wet cough. There's more, you do not need to prescribe antibiotics yourself. Uncontrolled use of such drugs can lead to unpleasant consequences, which will be very difficult to eliminate. Treatment should be appointed by the doctor after the child is examined.
If the child coughs in a dream, you need to look for the cause of this phenomenon. There is absolutely no point in treating a cough directly, it is only a symptom of the disease.
Strong night cough can be a little easier with folk remedies. Compresses that are cold and hot are helpful in this case. They are imposed not only in the area of the throat, but also on the trachea, bronchi and lungs. During the procedure, care should be taken to ensure that the heart area is not affected.
A layer of gauze can be impregnated with essential oils: lavender, coniferous or eucalyptus. Compresses that are made on the basis of boiled potatoes also help.
When a child coughs in a dream, he does not interfere with the infusion of ginger. It needs to be rubbed through a grater and mixed with a lemon. Infusion is maintained for several hours. Take it in small amounts at night.
A good effect is given by a bath with a decoction of ginger. But they are contraindicated if the body temperature is increased. Their duration should be about 20 minutes.
Rubbing and inhalation
This method can be used when the child is older than six months. For grinding is used interior fat, special gels and ointments. After the procedure, the treated area must be warmly wrapped.
If a child coughs before going to sleep, sage is used as an expectorant. On its basis, you need to prepare a decoction, which is then diluted with milk. If the child does not have allergies, you can add a little honey.
The biggest mistake many parents make is self-medication. Incorrect therapy can "turn off" the cough center. All antitussive drugs can be given to the baby only as prescribed by the doctor. The main goal is to translate an unproductive cough into a productive one. Then the respiratory organs will be cleansed of mucus and infection.
If you effectively affect the mucosal receptors and moisturize the respiratory tract, then sputum will depart much more easily. This can be achieved with inhalation and aerosols. They will remove the irritation of the mucosa and relax the muscles of the bronchi. Inhalations can be done on the basis of herbs or essential oils.
Regardless of why a child coughs in a dream, he needs to offer a plentiful drink. It can be tea, compote or plain water. Well moisturize the respiratory tract drops and sprays in the nose. If the doctor has not prescribed medicines, physiological solutions can be used.
Tablets for resorption and syrups help to reduce reflex stimulation of cough.
What does Dr. Komarovsky say?
The famous pediatrician Komarovsky recommends all mothers to create optimal conditions for the child's health. He means that the room should not be too hot and dry. Temperature values should be no more than 22 degrees of heat, and humidity - above 60%. The baby should be drunk abundantly. If he refuses, the drink can be given fractional.
When a child coughs in a dream, Komarovsky advises to monitor the character of the cough. If on the third or fourth day it does not become productive, you should always consult a doctor. Perhaps, in this case, people's treatment is not enough.