Is Your Toddler Coughing at Night? Here’s How Probiotics Can Help
Published December 2, 2019
The cough is one of the most common childhood illnesses. It is a reflex action of the body when clearing the airways of mucus and irritating particles such as dust, pollen, or smoke.
There are several reasons why your toddler is coughing at night. These include:
- Upper respiratory infections – these are the viral and bacterial infections that affect the upper respiratory tract, such as the throat, windpipe, or the sinuses. (e.g., colds, flu, sinusitis, laryngitis, allergic rhinitis, whooping cough)
- Lower Respiratory Infections – these are the viral and bacterial infections that affect the lower respiratory tract, such as the lungs and lower airways. (e.g., acute bronchitis, pneumonia)
Most of the time, there is nothing to worry about when a child coughs at night. A viral infection like colds usually is the culprit. However, as a parent, it can make you feel uneasy and may keep both you and the child up all night.
How Probiotics Can Help
So how can probiotics help you in treating the cough of your little one?
But first, what are probiotics?
We all know that bacteria cause different types of diseases. However, what most people don’t know is there are two types of bacteria: the harmful ones, which can make people sick. And the good ones, which helps people to fight off the diseases that the harmful bacteria has caused. (Related: Do Probiotics Really Make a Difference to Your Health?)
Probiotics are the live microorganisms that are considered as the “good” or “friendly” bacteria. For years, probiotics have been widely used because of the health benefits they can provide when ingested. It is quite popular, especially when treating several gut-health issues. (Related: Health Benefits of Probiotics)
But unknown to many, probiotics can also help in treating the mouth, ear, and nose problems, which are often the reason why a person has a cough. (Related: Probiotic Strains That Can Improve Oral Health)
One meta-analysis from 2013 showed that probiotics have a marginal effect on the prevention of the common cold. As mentioned, common colds are often the cause of why your child keeps coughing, especially at night.
Probiotic supplements are also considered as one of the best natural cough remedies. Although it can’t relieve the cough directly, a 2019 study confirmed that it could boost your immune system. And that probiotics can be a safe and natural strategy for allergy prevention and treatment. (Related: Can Probiotics Improve Your Immune System?)
Another study from 2016 showed that probiotic consumption could decrease the incidence of Respiratory Tract Infections, which are also the common cause of coughing among children.
Lastly, a 2015 meta-analysis found that probiotics can improve symptoms and quality of life in patients with allergic rhinitis or hay fever, a common cause of coughing among children as well.
The studies mentioned above only prove how probiotics can help in treating your little one’s chronic coughing at night. And since probiotics also boost a person’s immune system, it can also help maintain your child’s overall health and prevent them from acquiring different diseases.
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