5 Ways to Remedy a Toddler Cough

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Oh the dreaded toddler cough. Many years ago, when I had my first set of toddlers running around and a ickiness of cough hit the house, we were able to dose them with some cough syrup and all would return to somewhat normal.

In 2007, over the counter cough and cold medicine was banned for children under 6 years old. The FDA citied reasoning as over-the-counter cold and cough medicines don’t work for children under age 6. As someone who used these meds, they worked for us – but alas now they are no longer sold.

So your little one is throwing a coughing fit – what is there to do? Check out these remedies for getting rid of your toddler’s cough.

1. Buy a humidifier. If your home is dry –  nasal secretions can become uncomfortable, putting moisture back in the air can help a cough.

2. Keep your toddler hydrated with water or juices.  a cold can cause postnasal drip. The secretion can irritate your little one’s throat causing a cough.  Drinking water helps keep mucous membranes moist which helps with dry coughs.

3. Cover your little one’s feet with Vick’s vapor rub and then place socks on your child.  I have tried this with all of my children at one time or another.  It has worked for us about 50% of the time.

4. A spoonful of honey can help coat the throat and act as a natural medicine for a toddler’s cough.

5. Go homeopathic. While I haven’t personally tried Hylands Cold ‘n Cough, I have had a number of friends rave about this homeopathic cough syrup that is safe for kids.

Article Posted 5 years Ago

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