When Katie turned about 3 or 4, she began coughing a lot. Especially at night. She would cough SO hard, she would vomit. We had to place a sand bucket by her bed just in case she vomited from coughing so hard before I could get there. It was a miserable time in our life. We elevated her bed, her pillows, brought in a humidifier, applied Vicks to her chest, back, under her ears, under her throat.... anything to get the coughing to stop. We gave her cough strips, cough medicine.... everything that we could think of to get her to stop coughing.
The doctor couldn't explain why she would cough so much. Finally, they said "she has asthma." (fyi, the doctors told me they tend to hold off diagnosing children with asthma until they get older, which is why they couldn't give me a diagnosis until she was over the age of 5). I told the doctors that she didn't wheeze or struggle to breathe like I thought asthmatic people did, which causes them to puff on their inhaler. Turns out, there was a different type of asthma. That's what Katie had. The coughing kind of asthma. Her asthma is triggered by several things: allergies, a cold, smoke (4th of July is a nightmare for us when people are shooting off fireworks around us), among other things.
The next morning, when we all woke up, I asked her how she slept. She was ecstatic because she woke up at 4:00 coughing her head off and couldn't stop. She said the Coke stopped it in its tracks, and she was able to go back to sleep.
For that, I am grateful for Coke, or rather, caffeine. Finally, after 10 years, we have an answer!!