There’s pretty much nothing worse than being up with a coughing child in the middle of the night. They’re coughing and can’t sleep, and so you can’t sleep, and all you want to do is be able to take their cough away. But it’s not that easy.
Most cough medications are not intended for children under four, and even then some parents are wary of giving those types of medications to their children.
There are lots of different homemade cough remedies and recipes, but if you don’t have them prepared in advance, they’re not going to do you a whole lot of good in the middle of the night.
My daughter went through a coughing at night spell last fall, and a reader gave me the best advice for stopping a cough that we’ve used successfully since then. And the best part? It’s all natural, completely safe, and practically free.
Give your child ice chips to suck on. Yep, it really is that easy.
My daughter has been waking up coughing again recently, and now, we go straight to the kitchen and give her an ice chip. I usually follow that with a teaspoon of raw honey, just to help soothe her throat, and because it’s a good natural remedy itself, but it won’t completely stop the night time coughing. But the ice chips do the trick. Every time.
She may cough a few more times. But then the coughing completely stops and she is able to settle back down and go to sleep. And then I can get back to sleep. And isn’t that what every parent wants when their child is up coughing, or sick, in the night?
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