Tackling Cough

get-wellWhen Little Edison was almost recovered from his throat infection last week, he was attacked by cough virus again. My poor baby – I felt so bad for him. He couldn’t sleep well because of the cough.

We visited our friendly pediatrician for help. Children under 3 years of age should not be given any over-the-counter cough medications. So, it’s safer to bring him to the pediatrician. Dr. Oh prescribed Ventolin and Mucolix to stop his phlemy cough. Little Edison recovered after three days of medication. It was such a relief to us.

Kids can cough for many reasons. Colds are the most common, but they can also cough from croup, allergies, asthma, pertussis, inhaled irritants (smoke), inhaled foreign bodies and sinus infections, just to name a few.

Edison’s cough started on the night of 3rd Sep, which is also the 15th of the seventh lunar month. Dr. Oh suspected that his cough was caused by inhaled irritants or smoke from the 7th month praying and incense burning.

I did a little research on natural cough remedies for toddlers. Here are a few remedies that we can try:

  • Use a humidifier in the room to help keep the air moist. Moist air helps to relief congestion and coughing.
  • Use a vapor rub. Note that vapor rub can only be used for toddlers 2 years old and above. I heard that it’s a good idea to rub it on their feet and put socks on them. They get the benefit of the vapor rub without the risk of putting it in their mouth. I usually apply on the chest area.
  • Honey! Honey has been shown to be very effective in relieving a cough. However, only toddler above 1 year old can drink honey. Half a teaspoon of honey will helps to relieve the cough.
  • Give them lots of fluids. This will help to keep them hydrated during their cold and will also help to break up the mucus in their throat that is causing the cough.

Do you have any tried and tested home remedies that have worked well for your little one’s cough? I would love to hear them.


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    September 9, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    I read that eating kiwi is good remedy for coughing too plus kiwi is a good source of vitamin C.

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      September 9, 2009 at 5:54 PM

      Hi Irene,
      Thanks for your input. My boy doesn’t really eat kiwi, cos they r slightly sour… I think fruits rich in Vit C are also good for our children. I’m giving Edison Cod Liver Oil to strengthen his immune system and also fruit juices for the Vit C. 🙂

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    November 4, 2011 at 7:44 PM

    hi all

    just wondering which type of honey can a 16 mths old baby girl take? cos now my daughter has got slight cough and i can hear some phlegm when she cough, hence would like to let her drink honey but dun noe which type or any type will do?

    thanks alot

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