Elaine: Our daughter is two years old
Marc: No, neither my wife or I smoke, and we do not allow smoking in the house.
Jeanne: We assume that it is worse because she is lying down as well. We have been talking about elevating her bed so she isn't lying flat on her back. The doctors have listened to her lungs and said everything sounds fine.
Margaret: This started before we moved into the new house.
Sean: Have you recently changed her bedding? Added a new quilt? Gone from crib to 'big bed'? Added a pillow? Have the 'snugglies' been washed recently?
Sounds like some sort of allergy to me. You may want to pay attention to her during the day too - sometimes a cough sounds worse at night because it breaks the stillness - she may be coughing during the day too, but because of the ambient noise it isn't perceived as being as bad.
Also, at this age sometimes fluids are an issue - parents might (I'm not saying you do, but I've heard of some that do) restrict liquids before bed as part of the 'potty training' scenario - and this can lead to dehydration, which can cause coughing. Does a sip of water help?
(Just my observations from 2000 miles away ...)
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We did move her to a 'big bed' before we moved, but I don't think my memory goes far enough back to remember if the coughing started around that time.
I think if she were coughing as much during the day we would notice. For instance, today we noticed she is coughing a lot during the day.
We aren't restricting any liquids before bed. In fact, if she doesn't get her drink of milk before she goes to bed we definitely here about. My wife has occasionally gone in and tried offering her water after these coughing spells, but she has either already gone back to sleep, or refuses the water.
Wish I had something to contribute, Sean, but no ideas here.
I think I shall take a queue for Don and see about raising that desk of Julie's while she is at work tomorrow. Assuming the wee one's nap time lets me, of course.
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