As a parent, you must have noticed how your child’s ‘cough’ gets particularly aggravated at night? There is a scientific explanation for this – The Law of Gravity. As we lie down, the mucus that has pooled in the nose (during the day) starts travelling down towards the throat. This results in a dry, irritating cough that keeps kids from getting the much-needed sleep at night.
We have had several instances of cold and cough in the growing up years (we still do, although, a lot less). Among the many things we have tried, these are our 3 most-effective ways of dealing with a dry cough at night.
- Elevation: This is the simplest way to defeat the forces of gravity. By propping a pillow under your child’s head at night, you can ensure that the mucus does not accumulate at the back of their throat.
- Honey: There is substantiated research to support claims that honey treats night-time cough better than most over-the-counter medicines. The idea is to give the child a spoonful of honey right before bedtime so that it coats the inner-lining of the throat thus keeping it moist and reducing irritation. However, since honey is not recommended for children less than 1, be sure to check with your pediatrician as far as the littlest ones go.
- Vicks VapoRub: A chest rub is ideal for a child who complains of congestion. However, did you know that a generous VapoRub on the feet is an almost-instant remedy for a night-time cough? Just remember to cover their feet with socks for the rest of the night and you are sure to wake-up to a well-rested child the following day!
As usual, these are simple home remedies that I have tried and tested on my daughter over the years. They are not to be regarded as a substitute for medicines in any way. Please refer to your medical practitioner for expert views on any health-related subject