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A 35-year-old female asked:

my 3 year old has a constant dry tickly cough for 3 wks. no temp. he refuses to take any cough medicine. been giving him my avamys nasal spray but it hasnt worked and hes also refusing that. ?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Let him be: Studies in the US over a decade ago have shown little to no benefit of common cough meds to kids under six. They can actually thicken secretions where they are harder to cough up/out. Sometimes a little lemon juice added to a spoonful of honey will both help and be accepted by cranky kids.
Dr. Meenakshi Bhuvaneswar
Pediatrics 57 years experience
Adding a humidifier : Sometimes it helps to have a cold air humidifier in the bedroom

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