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Cough suppressants

Postby EnigmaFish » 21 Feb 2016, 23:16

Both the girls have quite bad coughs at the moment. It's so hard listening to them cough away at night and not being able to help them!
Does anyone have any recommendations for cough remedies that are safe for littlies? I know they can't take otc cough medicines. I don't really want to give them honey or anything sugary at night. Any other ideas?
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Re: Cough suppressants

Postby ches » 21 Feb 2016, 23:34

Meh, OTC cough remedies were contraindicated because people couldn't work out dosing by weight. WHY dosing is done by age is beyond me. I give T cough stuff because he's almost 50 lb so I just halve the dosage for a 6yo. He's 6 months older than Kleintje.

The generally recommended medicine-free cough remedy is honey.
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Re: Cough suppressants

Postby Treeb » 22 Feb 2016, 02:33

Tea is usually my remedy for everything. Either lemon tea with some honey in it, licorice tea, or there is a blended tea called "throat coat" we get that is supposed to be specially designed to be soothing.
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Re: Cough suppressants

Postby Kanga » 22 Feb 2016, 06:12

Have you tried Vicks on their feet? That is my go to first line cough remedy. Sometimes I put it on their chests too. That or steam/moisture in the room is meant to help but I always find it harder to do. Somewhere I read about a wet flannel on the radiator so the water evaporates into the room, or I've put a jug of hot water in (once they were asleep!)
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Re: Cough suppressants

Postby qbm » 22 Feb 2016, 07:11

Vicks and calpol here too. I do resort to honey though. A friend lent me a humidifier the last time dd2 had a cough. Seemed to help but not substantially so. I would usually do the wet flannel thing and raise the bed up a bit at the headboard too.
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Re: Cough suppressants

Postby EnigmaFish » 22 Feb 2016, 23:22

Thanks, guys.
Ches, to be honest I have not done any research on why cough medicine is contraindicated. That is really interesting. I'd need to weigh them both, but I've been meaning to do that anyway. The only problem is that I need something for both girls.
I might try tea, as if it's not harmful then there's nothing to lose. I'm not sure vic's is the right thing for this cough. It sounds like they have trouble stopping coughing once they start, so I'd like a drink I could leave them next to their beds at night.
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Re: Cough suppressants

Postby UnhappyRightFoot » 23 Feb 2016, 00:37

I put vicks on their feet, with socks on at bedtime, and vicks on their chest and back. I also make my own cough syrup with cherries, honey and lemon. It soothes their cough and eases a sore throat. Let me know if you want the recipe - it's very easy to make!
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Re: Cough suppressants

Postby LucyLastic » 23 Feb 2016, 02:03

Have you tried lifting the head of their beds a little? When I get a cough, I always prop myself up on a load of pillows, as lying down always sends me into ridiculous coughing fits. And marshmallows for sore throats.
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Re: Cough suppressants

Postby qbm » 23 Feb 2016, 06:21

HappyFeet wrote:I put vicks on their feet, with socks on at bedtime, and vicks on their chest and back. I also make my own cough syrup with cherries, honey and lemon. It soothes their cough and eases a sore throat. Let me know if you want the recipe - it's very easy to make!


I've made this and can recommend it too! :)
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Re: Cough suppressants

Postby Kitcameron » 23 Feb 2016, 17:54

MilkyJoe wrote:
HappyFeet wrote:I put vicks on their feet, with socks on at bedtime, and vicks on their chest and back. I also make my own cough syrup with cherries, honey and lemon. It soothes their cough and eases a sore throat. Let me know if you want the recipe - it's very easy to make!


I've made this and can recommend it too! :)


And me lol, can't remember what quantities I used though.
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Re: Cough suppressants

Postby EnigmaFish » 23 Feb 2016, 23:03

LucyLastic wrote:Have you tried lifting the head of their beds a little? When I get a cough, I always prop myself up on a load of pillows, as lying down always sends me into ridiculous coughing fits. And marshmallows for sore throats.


Sorry, marshmallows? For sore throats? How come I didn't know about this when I was a kid?
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Re: Cough suppressants

Postby EnigmaFish » 23 Feb 2016, 23:03

HappyFeet wrote:I put vicks on their feet, with socks on at bedtime, and vicks on their chest and back. I also make my own cough syrup with cherries, honey and lemon. It soothes their cough and eases a sore throat. Let me know if you want the recipe - it's very easy to make!


Yes, please. :)
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Re: Cough suppressants

Postby UnhappyRightFoot » 24 Feb 2016, 00:18

Ingredients:
500g cherries (leave the pits in) or Raspberries
1 lemon, sliced
250ml honey

Instructions:
Place all ingredients in a pan with enough water to cover. Simmer gently for about 30 minutes, or until the cherries are soft. Remove from the heat and strain out the solids, then allow to cool.

Give 2 5ml spoons as required but definite before bed.
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Re: Cough suppressants

Postby mamapup » 24 Feb 2016, 06:43

Back to the marshmallows please, people.
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Re: Cough suppressants

Postby EnigmaFish » 24 Feb 2016, 22:50

HappyFeet wrote:Ingredients:
500g cherries (leave the pits in) or Raspberries
1 lemon, sliced
250ml honey

Instructions:
Place all ingredients in a pan with enough water to cover. Simmer gently for about 30 minutes, or until the cherries are soft. Remove from the heat and strain out the solids, then allow to cool.

Give 2 5ml spoons as required but definite before bed.


Thanks! Just to clarify, is that two 5ml spoons or 2.5ml spoons?
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