Coughs can be irritating for adults, but they can be distressing for children, so it is important to have a cough remedy close at hand, especially during cold and flu season.
When your child has a cough it can make them really uncomfortable and can keep them up at night, making them tired and grumpy, which no parent wants for their little one.
Chemist4U offers a range of cough remedies for children that can help relieve a variety of different coughs, from painful chesty coughs to irritating dry, tickly coughs, helping you to clear up your kid’s cough as quickly as possible.
Find the perfect cough remedy for your child by choosing from our range of different brands, including Benylin, Tixylix, Calcough and other brands that are specifically formulated for children.
If you want to soothe your child’s cough, the first thing to do is to determine what type of cough they’re suffering with - a chesty cough or a dry cough.
A chesty cough is the type of cough where your little one brings up mucus or phlegm when they’re coughing away, which is why it’s often called a productive cough.
On the other hand, a dry cough doesn’t bring up any mucus but happens when your kid has an irritating, tickly feeling in the back of their throat which makes them cough.
Both of these coughs can have similar causes but can need different treatments.
Once you’ve worked out what type of cough your kiddo is dealing with, look at the name of the cough syrups available to find ones designed to treat a chesty cough or a dry cough.
If you’re still unsure which cough medicine is right for your little one, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
If you have a young child who’s suffering from a cough then finding a cough medicine that’s right for them can be hugely important.
Infant cough medicines are usually suitable for babies aged 3 months and over and contain an active ingredient called glycerol which helps to soothe their irritated throat.
Glycerol cough syrups are available from Calcough, Tixylix, and Benylin infant, so you can find the one your little one likes best.
As your child gets older, different types of cough medicines will be suitable for them, including Calcough Children’s syrup, which is suitable for toddlers aged 1 and up, and Benylin Children’s cough syrups, which can be taken by children over 6.
If your toddler has a cough that’s making them grumpy, the best thing you can do for them is to make sure they get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids.
If your little one is over a year old then a hot honey and lemon drink may also help them to feel a bit better, but make sure to check the temperature of the drink carefully and monitor any young children who are given hot drinks.
A cough is a reflex action when your airway is blocked by mucus or irritants.
Coughing to clear the throat of mucus or irritants is an uncommon action, though conditions can make it a more common occurrence.
Coughs typically improve after around 2 weeks, though they can last much longer.
A cough can be caused by a number of different conditions. The most common cause of a cough is a virus, such as a cold or the flu. Other causes of a cough include laryngitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, and pneumonia. A long-term cough, known as a persistent cough, can be caused by conditions such as asthma, smoking, or a gastro-oesophageal reflux disease which is caused by leaking stomach acid getting into the throat. In rarer cases, a cough can be a symptom of lung cancer or heart failure.
The best treatment for treating a cough is dependent on the type of cough that you have. If you have a dry or tickly cough then the medication that you should use will be different than the one you should use for a chesty or mucus cough. For more information on the best types of cough medicine to use, check out our guide in the link below.