How Can I Treat My Child’s Cough?

Michael Cionci

Parvin's Pharmacy

Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

December 1, 2023

To treat a child’s cough, there are multiple things you can do. If your child is old enough, you can use cough syrup. Keeping your child’s head elevated, giving lots of fluids, and using a humidifier can help reduce symptoms.

There are other over-the-counter products you can try to help minimize discomfort, like lozenges if your child is old enough, saline nasal spray for nasal congestion, or Vicks VapoRub to the chest if your child is over two years old. You can always speak with your pharmacist if you have questions about what’s appropriate for your child.

If your child is bringing up red, brown, or black mucus, you should call your healthcare provider immediately. This could indicate bleeding or a fungal infection. If the phlegm is yellow or green, your child may be fighting an infection. Call your healthcare provider for instructions on what to do next.

The views and opinions expressed above are those of the author and do not necessarily represent that of AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation. The content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, prescribe or treat any health condition and should not be used as a substitute for consulting with your health professional.

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