Family Practitioner Questions Cough Medicines

Can cough and cold always be treated with home remedies?

Cough syrups make my child very sleepy. I want to find another way to help my children soothe their coughs without relying on medicine. What do you recommend?

5 Answers

Not always- the majority of cough and colds are viral in nature, and yes can be treated with OTC’s , but some of these symptoms can mean a bacterial infection- if a patient is worsening; or not improving after 3-4 days, and has an elevated temperature, it is best to see a physician- Blessings!
Honey. Assuming your child doesn't have an allergy (for very young children, introduce small amounts of honey as you would any other new food before trying this), locally sourced honey is comparable to most available cough syrups and over-the-counter formulations and is generally well tolerated.
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Yes, depends on medical condition
Every condition can be treated with natural medicine, but the remedy needed will vary from case to case and depends on what the cause of the cough is.

Dr. Diana Joy Ostroff
If they are older than a year old you can try small spoon of honey.