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Anyone know what is a great cough medicine for a child?

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In brief: Honey...

...If a child is over 1 year old, honey works better than any cough medicine.
Of course, if there is a condition that needs to be treated (like pneumonia, ) honey won't help cure it.

In brief: Honey...

...If a child is over 1 year old, honey works better than any cough medicine.
Of course, if there is a condition that needs to be treated (like pneumonia, ) honey won't help cure it.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Scott Diede
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Not recommended

There have been many studies to show that over the counter cold and cough remedies do not work and may cause side effects in kids.
Though it can be annoying to the child (and the parent), in most cases coughing is a natural reflex and should not be suppressed. For croup-like coughs, steam or cool mist can be helpful.

In brief: Not recommended

There have been many studies to show that over the counter cold and cough remedies do not work and may cause side effects in kids.
Though it can be annoying to the child (and the parent), in most cases coughing is a natural reflex and should not be suppressed. For croup-like coughs, steam or cool mist can be helpful.
Dr. Scott Diede
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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine

In brief: Depends

Coughing is nature's way of clearing the respiratory tree.
Cough is not necessarily bad. If couging is to the point of repeated vomiting, inability to sleep or eat or causing other interference with necessary activities, then a cough suppressant may be needed. Otc dextromethorphan at age and weight appropriate dosing is okay. A prescripition is rarely needed. If that ill, must see pcp.

In brief: Depends

Coughing is nature's way of clearing the respiratory tree.
Cough is not necessarily bad. If couging is to the point of repeated vomiting, inability to sleep or eat or causing other interference with necessary activities, then a cough suppressant may be needed. Otc dextromethorphan at age and weight appropriate dosing is okay. A prescripition is rarely needed. If that ill, must see pcp.
Dr. Danny Proffitt
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