A persistent cough can be tough, especially if it’s keeping them – and you – awake at night. So it’s good to know a few ways to calm a cough and help everyone drift off to sweet dreams.
How do I know if my little one has a cough?•
- Very simple – you’ll hear it!
While your child’s cough is often distressing to listen to it is actually doing a job. A cough is a reflex action that helps clear away phlegm or mucus.
How can I help them feel better?
Glycerol and glycerin can helps soothe a cough which is why you’ll find them in our range of cough syrups. Here are your options:
How old is your child?
If they’re 3 months and over, a cough syrup like CALCOUGH® Infant Syrup containing glycerol can help.
For children over 1 year, CALCOUGH® Children’s Soothing Syrup helps calm a cough as well as a soothing a sore throat.
If your child is over 1 year old, give them a warm drink of diluted lemon juice and honey. The honey coats their throat, which helps reduce the irritation.
Some more simple tips
- Make sure your little one gets lots of rest and drinks plenty of fluids
- A warm drink at bedtime can soothe them to sleep.
How long will it last?
- Most coughs clear up within a couple of weeks.
- You might find that a dry cough comes alongside a cold.
When to call the doctor
Coughs are normally nothing to worry about, but they can be really distressing and uncomfortable – especially if your baby is too little to understand what’s going on.
You should go and see your GP if:
- your little one has a bad cough that won’t go away
- the cough turns wheezy
- your child also has a high temperature
- your little one isn’t eating or drinking normally
- and if, at any time, your child seems to be having difficulty breathing, contact your GP immediately.
Your little one might well have a dry, sore throat for a day or two before a cold kicks in.More about sore throat
From 3 months.
Soothes & relieves coughs.
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