My 18 month old is getting his molers in. His only reaction to teething, besides the normal drooling and gnawing, is a croupy like cough and constant runny nose.
He usually only starts his coughing at night when he is in bed. Last night my husband said, "He has been coughing for a long time. He has to be uncomfortable." He wasn't crying so I was just going to let him cough it out. That is why our bodies cough- there is something in there that needs to be coughed out. However, I started to pay more attention and the coughing was pretty consistent. So I went into the kitchen, cut up an onion, put it in a bowl, and set it right by his crib. His coughing stopped immediately. It was amazing. He also woke up with a clear nose this morning.
The running nose has started back up but if I can help him have a comfortable nights sleep I am okay with his body doing it's thing and draining during the day. I love such natural remedies with things that you more then likely have in your kitchen already.