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My 4yo is not sick. Hasn't had a cold for months. He is perfectly fine during the day with no runny nose, watery eyes, dark eye circles or any other symptom to speak of. But during the night he has these coughing fits. I don't hear them but my husband has been sleeping next to him for the past month (transition from family bed) and says he has been coughing during the night quite a bit.

What could this be???

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There are various possibilities.........it could be a virus he is having a hard time completely kicking.

It could also be asthma. Sometimes asthma manifests itself as coughing rather than wheezing.

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I was going to suggest asthma my dd started out with coughing at night as the first sign of asthma over the years it has gotten worse.

I would suggest buying a dust mite cover to go over his pillow to see if that helps since dust mits can be a major asthma trigger.

 
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I was going to suggest asthma my dd started out with coughing at night as the first sign of asthma over the years it has gotten worse.

I would suggest buying a dust mite cover to go over his pillow to see if that helps since dust mits can be a major asthma trigger.
Where do you get these? I need one.

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I actually got it from wal mart but I have seen them at my local medical supply store and at 1 pharmacy around here. You can even buy them to fit over the top of the mattress as well.

 
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Ditto to the asthma possibility. My DS has mild asthma - manifested itself as a cough. Usually night-time with only big daytime issues after colds/flus/etc. After many alternative therapy tries we went with the standard medical treatment. I hate it but it's worked, and worked well.

Start with eliminating triggers, particularly in the bedroom. Dust mite covers for pillows and mattresses are great, as are hardwood floors and (if possible) a no-pet-in-the-bedroom rule. Maybe even keep his windows closed and the AC on for a while and see if that helps.
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Besides asthma, could also be reflux. Sometimes the only sign of reflux is coughing while laying down.
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Wow. Asthma? Really?
Is this coughing associated with asthma something that happens just sometimes or every night? He certainly doesn't have this everynight. Actually it's very rare to have a coughing "fit".

I have read that some kids' only sign of asthma is coughing at night. But can that really be totally true? If no one slept with him and we didn't hear him cough, no one would ever thing anything of his healty...except that he is super duper healthy.

I'm feeling like alergies might be more likely?

Hmmm....

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hi,

i have adult onset asthma. i only get it when it is triggered by allergies. i've not had any issues my whole life, but when we got a cat last year it has become out of control. i feel like someone is sitting on my chest a lot & i have difficulty breathing. i don't cough or wheeze though (except i cough at night). asthma can be triggered by many allergies though - mine just happens to cat dander. anyway, just wanted to share that, but not to freak you out...just info worth investigating.

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My son was like that and had asthma. I got our mattress cover at Target.
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Is the air in his room dry? Sometimes I wake myself up from a sound sleep hacking with such an awful tickle in my throat... it dries out.

Maybe try a humidifier?
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Does he have a down pillow? My FIL found out he was allergic to them because he had symptoms (I don't remember anymore if it was sneezing, or what) that only happened at night.

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My asthmatic son always shows his first symptoms as a cough at night, often gone in the morning, with no detectable wheeze. But certainly allergies could run a close second, with post nasal drip being the culprit.
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I'm glad I stumbled into this thread. My 4 yo dd has these exact symptoms - nighttime cough for a couple weeks now and during the day she is fine. It wakes her as well as us. I'll get some covers and try keeping the window closed.
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My daughter had this all the time before we found out she was allergic to dairy. You could try an elimination diet and see if that works.
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Is the air in his room dry? Sometimes I wake myself up from a sound sleep hacking with such an awful tickle in my throat... it dries out.

Maybe try a humidifier?
I was going to ask the same thing.

My dd (5) has a dry cough at night during the winter, when our house is very dry. A humidifier helps a lot. During the summer I haven't noticed the coughing.

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