There are almost 10 to 15% toddlers who suffer from chronic coughing due to a variety of reasons such as asthma, allergies and reflux from acid. It is extremely important to take a toddler to a physician if the toddler has been coughing for 10 weeks or longer. Gastroesophageal reflux disease is one of the most common causes of chronic cough in toddlers. Similarly even allergy and asthma are the most common causes of chronic cough affecting at least 5% of all toddlers.
Chronic cough in toddlers is not considered to be productive since it does not produce any gunk resulting from congestion in the throat. Treating chronic cough in toddlers can take almost 8 weeks since the treatment can begin only after the physician is completely sure that all the causes of chronic cough in the particular toddler have been identified. This is because at least 2 to 3% of all the toddlers with chronic cough simply cough out of the habit and the reason for coughing cannot be attributed to any other cause such as allergies or asthma.
Allergies in a toddler can occur almost at any time of the year and are usually seen during the spring and the fall season. Hence if a toddler is coughing during the spring fall season it is essential to get the toddler checked by a physician to determine if the toddler is suffering from any allergies. Similarly several environmental factors such as smoking near the child can cause chronic cough in toddlers.
Asthma in toddlers does not cause any wheezing and instead this respiratory disease manifests itself in the form of a chronic cough. Hence if your toddler has been coughing for eight weeks or more without any wheezing you must still visit the physician to determine whether your toddler is suffering from asthma. Often a bad cold can also be a cause of chronic cough in toddlers since the treatment of a bad cold involves the use of postnasal drips which usually remain at the back of the throat of the toddler causing the chronic coughing. Hence if your toddler has been suffering from a bad cold and the coughing refuses to go then it is best to consult a physician to ensure that this side-effect of the postnasal drops is eliminated.
More often than not coughing in toddlers is a form of habit and hence the toddlers continue coughing simply out of habit. To treat habitual coughing it is best to direct the attention and energy of the toddler into some other activity since no other treatment or toddler cough remedies will work on habitual coughing. It is also not correct to say that the toddler is coughing on purpose and instead it is a habit which has manifested itself in the toddler and it is something that the toddler has not chosen to do.
While wondering about the different cough remedies there are certain natural remedies which can provide relief from chronic or acute coughing in children. Popsicles are one of the most common toddler cough remedy used by mothers to provide relief to the children from coughing. There are certain low-sugar popsicles available which can numb the nerves in the throat of the child which usually trigger the coughing and it can also be a low-tech approach to treating chronic coughing in your child without having to worry about any potential side effects or overdoses.
Similarly even ice cream is considered to be one of the most popular remedies by mothers. Ice cream also works in a way very similar to popsicles and numbs the nerves in the throat of the child which triggers the coughing. Like ice cream and popsicles you can also use sherbet with which is low fat and almost always dairy free to control the chronic coughing in your child. Sherbet is considered to be more effective in comparison to ice cream or popsicles since it consists of a creamy texture which travels very slowly down the food pipe into the stomach and providing much more time to the cold sensation to penetrate the inflamed nerves at the throat of the child and to subsequently numb the nerves.
For mothers who do not wish to use cold remedies to get rid of a cough they can use yoghurt smoothies or plain yoghurt. The yoghurt smoothies or plain yoghurt are not as cold as popsicles or ice cream and can provide a great coating on the irritated nerves in the throat of your child. It is a common misconception that the milk contained in the yoghurt smoothies or plain yoghurt begets mucus but there have been no scientific studies to back up this belief. Unless your child suffers from lactose intolerance plain yoghurt or yoghurt smoothies are one of the best toddler cough remedies available.
Using a cool mist humidifier in the room of your child can also help reduce the chronic coughing in your child. Wet air reduces the instances of the throat of your child from drying out thus preventing dry throats which are often the cause of chronic coughing in children. The cool air created by the cool mist humidifier will also make it easier for your child to breathe and hence installing a cool mist humidifier in your child’s room is a must if your child has been suffering from chronic coughing for over eight weeks.
Most physicians consider accumulation of postnasal drip at the back of the throat of a child as one of the causes of chronic coughing in children. Hence if your child is suffering from a bad cold and you wish to prevent the chronic coughing from continuing even after the cold has been treated, it is advised to make your child sit up straight as you administer the postnasal drop. The upright position of your child will prevent the postnasal drop accumulating at the back of the throat and will thus prevent chronic coughing in your child.
Administering vitamins to the toddlers is also among the best toddler cough remedies since the vitamins can boost the immune system of your child and help your child fight out the infection and shorten the duration of the chronic coughing. In case your child has already been suffering from chronic coughing for at least one or two weeks it is the best time to start administering vitamins to your child. Vitamins such as vitamins C and vitamin D3 can not only prevent the prolongation of chronic coughing but can also prevent any bouts of coughing in the future.
Similarly you can also increase the quantity of blueberries in the daily diet of your child since blueberries are full of bioflavonoids which help strengthen the immune system of children. The bioflavonoids in the blueberries also protect the cells from germ invasion during the course of infection. Thus not only will the duration of chronic coughing be reduced in your child but the severity of the coughing will also be reduced. You can also ask your child to consume frozen blueberries which will help numb the nerves in the throat and provide relief from chronic coughing. However you must refrain from using the blueberries in smoothies or other drinks since making a paste of the blueberries for addition in the smoothies will destroy the bioflavonoids.