Top Ways to Comfort a Child Cough at Home

Colds are caused by the rhinovirus, one that is especially easy to transfer from one child to another. Coughing without covering their mouths, or sneezing and then touching a commonly shared item will immediately transfer the virus to someone else, unless precautions, like hand sanitizers, are taken. The symptoms of a cold include sneezing, a runny nose, coughing, a mild fever and sore throats.
A good place to start home croup cough treatment is beside the bathroom shower. By holding your child in the bathroom with the hot shower run for about 10 minutes you should find that the cough eases. An alternative is to allow your child to breath in steam from a humidifier.

As is the case with many cough remedies, there are many combinations. Some expectorants again contain antihistamines. This may at first seem desirable since it will help the child to sleep, but the antihistamine may have some cough suppressive activity which may contribute in keeping some of the phlegm down. Also it can dry up the phlegm a little making it more difficult to cough up.

Onion is a wonderful natural remedy against cough. All you have to do is chop a few pieces of onion and place them in a bowl or in a plate. Put this plate in your child's room. It should be placed far away from where he actually sleeps since the smell of the onion can be quite strong and fragrant. The principle is pretty simple; the onion will attract whatever is making your child cough.

Gargling salt water or sucking on a piece of hard candy or a throat lozenge helps older kids. They are choking hazards, so keep them away from younger children.

Constant coughing can also be accompanied by a fever or vomiting. Generally, when a constant cough is accompanied by a runny nose and low grade fever, it indicates that the child might have a common cold. Often times, the frequency of constant coughing can trigger a child's gag reflex, which induces vomiting. Although most of these types of coughs are common during childhood, a parent should contact a doctor immediately if the child has difficulty breathing, has a blue tinge to their skin, or if the child is coughing up blood.

Cool air might help reduce the swelling in your child's airways. Therefore, you can take your child outside for a few minutes may bring some relief during cooler months.

Buckwheat honey is thought to help calm a cough because of it's natural sweetness, causing an increase, and swallowing, of saliva produced in the mouth, thus, keeping the throat more coated and protected.