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    Default I learnt something about kids and coughing....

    Last night after three sleepless nights of DS#1 coughing, we took him to our GP and apart from needing anti-b's (woops!) I asked her for something to ease his coughing. Put it this way, his coughing was almost continuous at times.



    She said that at his age (4 in Sept) there is a little 'switch' in their brain that has not learnt how to turn off. In adults we can try to and even supress a cough but kids can't! She also said giving cough mixture is a waste of time due to this fact also.

    Interesting.

    DH and I have found though a teaspoon of honey (I nearly wrote coffee then! ) helps suppress the tickle though! Not for long but a little bit of relief for my frayed nerves. lol

    Just wanted to share.

    xxxx

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    I read somewhere that giving them nurofen relaxes the muscles in their throat and stops their coughing. I have been giving my kids a dose of nurofen before bed if they have ever had a bad cough and it works (or it has for us). It was especially useful after we all had swine flu because we had a cough for a few weeks - it wasn't a secondary infection just a cough that took a long time to go.

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    you can buy a homapathic tablet like the teething tablets for coughs it works helps to relax their muscles

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    Another thing is (just so other parents know) that Asthma becomes apparent in most children around the age of 4 and sometimes it's only seen as a cough that won't go away until they have their first attack, so it's always good to check for that too. It's how both mine became diagnosed, with DD though she had a full blown attack and ended up in hospital. With DS we knew what to look for and luckily have been able to manage his attacks at home.

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    letting them sip warm water also helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rouge View Post
    Another thing is (just so other parents know) that Asthma becomes apparent in most children around the age of 4 and sometimes it's only seen as a cough that won't go away until they have their first attack, so it's always good to check for that too. It's how both mine became diagnosed, with DD though she had a full blown attack and ended up in hospital. With DS we knew what to look for and luckily have been able to manage his attacks at home.
    Very true. This son of mine also gets quite wheezy during winter and is our croup-child! However this time he wasn't croupy or wheezy just a throat infection....which I can feel starting in my throat too this arvo. *sigh* croup scares the crappola outta me, spesh having called an ambulance last winter for him when he collapsed.


    Winter eh?

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    Just want to say that your nearly writing coffee instead of honey made me giggle!

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