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Are cough medicines really a total waste of money? And so, what *do* you do for a coughing child?

(9 Posts)
SolidGoldBrass Tue 11-Aug-09 22:40:53

DS is 4 and has had a cough for a week or so.He doesn't seem to be ill in any other way, or particularly bothered by it, but apparently cough medicines are completely useless and I shouldn't bother buying them - anyone got any other suggestions?

wannaBe Tue 11-Aug-09 22:43:16

give him honey.

Sidge Tue 11-Aug-09 22:45:12

Try an antihistamine such as Piriton - it could be a pollen-induced cough.

Tommy Tue 11-Aug-09 22:51:51

I use Medised at night but I also think that cough medicines are not useless as I think the glycerin helps to soothe a sore throat.

If your Ds is not bothered by it though, I would worry about it!

stealthsquiggle Tue 11-Aug-09 22:57:55

If he's OK I would leave it. If he is not sleeping well then a deconcestant can help them relax enough to get to sleep.

My doctor friend, after spending years telling patients that cough medicines are a waste of money, ended up borrowing some from me when we were on holiday and it worked like a dream on her DD grin

andiem Tue 11-Aug-09 22:59:44

sgb I would let him cough it has a purpose
my only question is the cough at night or in the day?

plonker Tue 11-Aug-09 23:05:02

I don't like cough medicines at all, and agree with andiem. If they're coughing - they're coughing for a reason.

I'm paranoid about them though because the first and only time that I ever used a cough medicine was on dd1. She developed a chest infection 3 days later (the first one she'd ever had) and the gp said it was prob because I'd given her the medicine and it had surpressed the cough - she said she needed to cough to clear her chest and that's how she ended up with the infection sad

How shit did I feel?! sad

shigella92 Thu 13-Aug-09 14:15:14

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Sidge Thu 13-Aug-09 20:01:27

Persistent night time coughs can be an early indicator of asthma as well.

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