After a long night of watching my 4yr old coughing persistently to the point of vomit a few times, I was just looking online for the right cough mix to buy from the chemist this morning when I found an article on the ABC website about cough mixes.
It said that giving your child cough mix particularly ones with suppressants and antihistamines is harmful and according to the US Food and Drug Administration that they are " not only useless, but potentially dangerous" labeling them "placebo" medicines with dangerous ingredients.
I've always given my kids cough mixes for various coughs, chesty, dry etc when they couldn't shake it naturally or it escalated to scenarios like we had last night and I thought that was normal. So am I actually the minority? What are other hubbers thoughts on this?
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09-06-2012 08:09 #1
Cough mix? Yes or no?
09-06-2012 08:10 #2
I work in Pharmacy and I think they are pretty useless. Sometimes the ones for chesty coughs can help break up the congestion on the chest but that's about it. Waste of $$ I believe .
09-06-2012 08:33 #3
Cough syrups dont do anything for a cough, but they do line your throat so it's protected to some extent
09-06-2012 08:33 #4
09-06-2012 09:03 #5
Off topic slightly, but I happened to read this last night off the cyh website
A recent research study showed that for children over 2 years old a single dose of honey in the evening was more effective that a common cough medicine, and more effective than no treatment. Honey should not be given to babies under 1 year old as it may lead to a rare but very serious illness.
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09-06-2012 10:07 #7
I think that cough medicines are rubbish too. I do agree about honey, works wonders and is a natural antiseptic
09-06-2012 10:09 #8
09-06-2012 10:21 #9
Have never and would never use cough medicine but I would also suggest getting your child tested for whooping cough. Good luck
09-06-2012 10:22 #10
Agree re bisolvin.
Can you sit them up a bit at night? I find it always helps if I'm propped up with pillows. Sometimes if it's really bad I've slept sitting up. Keep the room warm, no draughts and lots of drinks of water.
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