Cough Remedies for a 2 year old??

Profile picture of the author johninmn by johninmn Posted: 02/09/2011
Ok, so my 2 1/2 year old has a bad cough we can't get rid of. Doctors tell us not to give cough medicine to someone that young. Tried honey, no luck. Any ideas? Thanks. John

  • Profile picture of the author sylviad
    sylviad
    Sorry, I was going to say Honey, but you already tried that. Drinking water might help to keep the area moist and hopefully cool the soreness.

    I've never had to deal with children's issues, so I'm afraid I can't offer much help beyond that.

    It's hard to believe the doc can't prescribe some mild medicine that would help. Does he not have any other ideas? You'd think he would.

    Hope your child feels better soon.

    Sylvia
  • Profile picture of the author Bekah Howard
    Bekah Howard
    If he's having trouble breathing/stuffy I would try either steam or mint. Warm mint tea should help help with stuffiness and a sore throat. I would just double check the label for an "adult use only" note to be on the safe side, as brands vary with their other ingredients. Hope the cold clears up!
  • Profile picture of the author johninmn
    johninmn
    Ok, so get this. i have been Googling on this and repeatedly I have read, "put vicks vapor rub on their feet and put socks on and put them to bed." Apparently it gets absorbed in through the feet more quickly. Tried, it, seems to be working. Thanks for your help.
  • Profile picture of the author TipTop
    TipTop
    try mix honey with lemon
  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    tpw
    We always gave ours a bath, with Eucalyptus Vapor Bath that acts like a bubble bath.

    Our youngest is 3yo. I just gave him one of those baths last night, and it did help his cough.
  • Profile picture of the author pickthat apple
    pickthat apple
    Hi johninmn,
    Hot baths, hot drinks, Keep chest well covered, let him run plenty in the open air - but well covered, let him sleep with chest elevated and remember to keep the air humidified in heated rooms. Then there are remedies like Cetraria Islandica syrup. Also, plenty of distractions, it always works with children.
  • Profile picture of the author jonnynelson
    jonnynelson
    1)Take out the juice of the ginger and mix it with honey and they give to your child in night and take care that after this did not drink water for atleast 1 hour.
    2) Or give the leaf of the basil plant 2 to 3 in every day.
  • Profile picture of the author cossie
    cossie
    we give our kids cough medisine at that age and never heart them
  • Profile picture of the author sarahberra
    sarahberra
    I'm sorry.. My five-year-old always have a cough that lasts for a month or longer when he gets a cold. We are trying to find the answer as well. He has asthma, so I'm sure that plays a huge part in all of this. I would really like to find some more remedies. The cough is almost gone, but it takes forever to go away. I get worried sometimes. Antibiotics don't work!
  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    HeySal
    If the kid will eat licorice, buy some REAL licorice candy and feed it to him. Fake licorice won't do a thing.
  • Profile picture of the author sylviad
    sylviad
    Originally Posted by sarahberra View Post

    I'm sorry.. My five-year-old always have a cough that lasts for a month or longer when he gets a cold. We are trying to find the answer as well. He has asthma, so I'm sure that plays a huge part in all of this. I would really like to find some more remedies. The cough is almost gone, but it takes forever to go away. I get worried sometimes. Antibiotics don't work!
    Antibiotics will not work on a cough unless there is a severe infection. They clear infection, not ease coughs. Antibiotics are overused and do not work in all situations as was once believed. You have to be careful using them because you/your child can develop an immunity to them. Then, they won't do the job when they're really needed.

    Best to stick with natural treatments as per those already mentioned.

    Distraction is particularly interesting. Sometimes, a child's cough becomes a habit which prevents it from healing properly. The think with children is that you have to be so careful what you do - like Vick's atomizers for instance. I've never heard of any kids having a problem, in fact it was an extremely common remedy years ago. My mother used it on me all the time and I never had a problem - and I had colds 2-3 times every year as a kid. But you never know when Vick's might be a problem.

    Sometimes, keeping the bedroom a little cool might be a better idea. It helps keep the sinus clear and the air moist, whereas warmth tends to clog the sinus and dry the air. Just make sure your child is bundled well under a blanket. Warmth also encourages the growth of germs and bacteria.

    Sylvia
  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    Sheryl Polomka
    Originally Posted by sarahberra View Post

    I'm sorry.. My five-year-old always have a cough that lasts for a month or longer when he gets a cold. We are trying to find the answer as well. He has asthma, so I'm sure that plays a huge part in all of this. I would really like to find some more remedies. The cough is almost gone, but it takes forever to go away. I get worried sometimes. Antibiotics don't work!
    Sounds like my 8 year old, whenever the kids get sick, he always gets it the worst and then the cough always hangs around for weeks. He ended up in hospital a couple of years back where they diagnosed asthma. At the first sign of a cold or cough I start giving him his puffer a couple of times a day and it seems to help - in that it doesn't get quite as severe as before. The cough always still tends to hang on for weeks though.
  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    Sheryl Polomka
    Originally Posted by johninmn View Post

    Ok, so get this. i have been Googling on this and repeatedly I have read, "put vicks vapor rub on their feet and put socks on and put them to bed." Apparently it gets absorbed in through the feet more quickly. Tried, it, seems to be working. Thanks for your help.
    I was going to suggest that, my friend swears by vicks on the feet!
  • Profile picture of the author medi50cus
    medi50cus
    I am a registered nurse here in our country, we've been prescribing a lot of pediatric medications for cough, already proven safe and effective even for someone that young. But if you're asking for natural remedy, I would suggest Lemon. Drink freshly squeeze lemon juice mixed with minimal amount of drinking water. You can take this as many times as you want.
  • Profile picture of the author Ian Varnava
    Ian Varnava
    Disclaimer: I am not a doctor.

    Others have given good advice. Also I would make sure you have a good air humidifier filled with some nice strong Vicks liquid for when he/she goes to sleep. It helps them sleep comfortably and opens up air-ways.

    I don't have kids but have taken care of plenty of babies in the family to have some experience with this stuff.
  • Profile picture of the author Pauline60
    Pauline60
    When I was a child my mother gave me butter and sugar for a cough. It seemed to work as well as any cough medicine.

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