Cough Remedies for a 2 year old??

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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
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  • Profile picture of the author 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.

  • Profile picture of the author 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
    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 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 cossie
    we give our kids cough medisine at that age and never heart them
  • Profile picture of the author 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
    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 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
    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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