In fact one of the most common causes of a night cough in this age group is asthma,but it seems that there probably is another cause for your daughter's cough. She does not have a runny nose so a post nasal drip is unlikely. The most likely reason especially following a cold is a viral illness called 'tracheitis'. This is due to inflammation of the lining of her trachea or upper airway caused by a virus infection. As you saw last night this can be a very difficult cough to stop. Sometimes it is necessary to give a short course of a safe cortisone syrup such as Prelone for 5 days to lessen the airway inflammation. If the cough still persists then the next move is usually the use of a nebuliser containing Atrovent solution at bedtime.If she still has this cough at night ask your paediatrician to see her and mention the possibility of her having tracheitis.
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