Why do children cough at night
If your child coughs or chokes frequently during sleep, the child may have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder caused by large tonsils and adenoids blocking the upper airways during the night. This makes it difficult to breathe . This condition peaks between 3 to 6 years when the child’s tonsils and adenoids are large compared to the size of the child’s airways.
A cough can also be a symptom of asthma, allergies or a cold or another illness especially when it is painful and persistent. Give your pediatrician a call if the cough makes it difficult for your child to breathe, lasts longer than a week or comes on suddenly accompanied by fever or after the child chokes on something.