Cough at night with the child: how dangerous is it?
Very often at a pediatrician's receptioncomplain of a cough at night with a child who torments the baby and prevents him from sleeping. But during a consultation with a pediatrician, no disease is detected. The doctor says that everything is normal. Maybe the doctor just missed the disease?
Cough is a protective reaction of the body, withBy means of which he gets rid, for example, of mucus accumulated in the respiratory tract, and, accordingly, of pathogenic microorganisms. Thanks to this "sharp exhalation", the bronchi, the trachea and the pharynx are cleared.
Do I always need to treat a paroxysmal cough?child at night? First let's figure out the reasons that cause its appearance. It arises from the irritation of some receptors, which are very sensitive to certain kinds of irritants, in particular, to mucus. Such receptors are called "fast". But there are also "slow" ones, which are sensitive to inflammatory processes. In the aggregate of their interaction, a cough occurs at night in a child.
Exacerbation of any cough occurs precisely innight time. The thing is that there is mucus in the nasopharynx of the baby, which can not resolve itself. This leads to the formation of "traffic jams" that close the nasopharynx and cause irritation of the "fast" receptors, which leads to attacks of reflex cough. Parents should remember that coughing at night in a child can occur under the influence of too dry air in the room.
Many people say that children cough from thetime, but at night the attacks become more frequent and intense. After awakening, the baby coughs up phlegm, clears throat, and everything falls into place. The thing is that a child can not completely get rid of accumulated mucus at night, because lying position makes it difficult.
Above it was a question of the so-called physiological cough. In this case, no specific treatment is required.
But sometimes coughing at night in a child can be a sign of the development of the disease. In this case, you should immediately establish the cause of its appearance and treat it specifically.
It turns out that this phenomenon is typical forthe presence of gastrointestinal reflux, the essence of which is that the contents of the stomach returns back to the esophagus, or even into the mouth, which causes coughing attacks. If the child has a similar diagnosis, a characteristic symptom in this case is also heartburn.
If you notice an attack of cough at night in a child,it is necessary to find out its cause, in order to exclude the risk of developing certain diseases. Preventive measures in this case are reducing the temperature in the room and increasing the humidity (when it comes to the heating season period).
Children up to six months can not be rationedchest, take antihistamines, and do inhalation steam to avoid congestion of sputum. At night, it is desirable to periodically change the position of the child's body. Sometimes this is enough to prevent his coughing at all.