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Cough medicine

(9 Posts)
Coffeemonster1 Sat 13-Jun-15 08:46:44

Does anyone know a cough medicine that isn't just liquid sugar?
DD has another chest infection and the cough is keeping her awake night after night.
She is coughing quite a bit in the day too but dosent bother her too much. She needs something that actually stops the cough or even reduces it slightly and help settle her enough that she can get some proper sleep.
In boots/super drug I've only seen the usual cal-cough and baby tixilyx type thing but they haven't ever worked.

ppeatfruit Sat 13-Jun-15 14:02:50

I do remember Robitussin working for coughs for L.O.s I don't know how much sugar is in it though. IIWY I'd look at her dairy intake and cut it down or out, how old is she?

Or you could make your own with organic lemon juice and a bit of molasses or maple syrup. Also camomile is good for restful nights. Or a drop or 2 of ess. oil of lavender in half a cup of water for her to inhale. Maybe rub some on her chest and drop it on her pillow it's lovely and non toxic.

SaulGood Sat 13-Jun-15 14:15:17

There are very few cough meds with an active ingredient and most are not suitable for very young children. Most other stuff doesn't work.

However, there are a couple of options. You don't say how old dd is?

My eldest struggles with coughs because the mucous and crap tickles her throat and she sleeps terribly which means she doesn't get better as quickly as you'd hope. We found nothing that worked until a Dad on the school run recommended Benylin Children's Night Coughs. It has an antihistamine and I was a little sceptical as nothing had ever worked. It was absolutely amazing. You do need to be over 6 to have it though. See here for more info.

ppeatfruit Sat 13-Jun-15 14:31:56

Our GD never has coughs and colds or bad chests because apart from a bit of goats or sheep cheese now and then she doesn't have cow's dairy. It's not necessary, plenty of children all over the world are very healthy and slim until the west imports it's milk based diet to them.

Coffeemonster1 Tue 16-Jun-15 21:44:03

She is only 3 so most effective stuff won't be suitable sad

mousmous Tue 16-Jun-15 21:47:51

she needs to get rid of the gunk. i.e. cough.
you can help by elevating her upper body in bed so that she's almost sitting. vicks (childrens version without camphor) on her pjs.
plenty of fluids.
hope she's better soon.

Coffeemonster1 Tue 16-Jun-15 22:42:51

Thanks for all your replies. Yes it's better for them to cough it all up. It's just horrible seeing them suffer night after night, coughing, gagging, crying, falling back to sleep for it all to start again. We have worked out she has had one chest infection for every month since she was born (that's almost 30 now and counting) and even some months spending 1-2 weeks in hospital so you would have thought we would be experts by now wink
Just hoping someone knew of a miricle medicine somewhere that solved the problem.

Bunbaker Tue 16-Jun-15 22:46:34

I have no useful advice, but I hope your DD gets better soon. Are the doctors investigating why your DD gets so many chest infections?

Coffeemonster1 Tue 16-Jun-15 22:57:00

Yeah she has had bloods, swallow studies, barium tests, samples taken from her lungs to examine and all with no answers sad even they have admitted they are stumped. Dosent seem fair to just see how she goes when she is constantly ill, taking antibiotics and will have already done some damage to her lungs.

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