You can develop a cough in conjunction with a cold or flu or even as the result of allergies. There are a plethora of medicines you can buy at the pharmacy, but often a homemade remedy will work just as well. This is a guide about homemade cough remedies.
Some of you may already know this, but believe it or not this really works. Whenever I have a cough, I put Vicks on the soles of my feet and then put socks on. My cough stops. Yes, it really does. If you don't believe me, try it on yourself or someone in your family. Good luck, and no coughing.
By logcabinlady from Woodland Hills, UT
By susan 1
I have nasal drainage and a bad cough, when I cough it gets to the point of choking. I can't get oxygen to the brain, what do I do?
By semi714 from Charleston, SC
April 14, 2010
For kids younger that 1 year old there is a type of honey you can use. its more like a syrup called "Karo" is corn syrup and it works like honey for babies I use it and it works great. My Daughter began with a very dry cough last night and I gave her the syrup with little lemon and she hasn't coughed since then. She's 9 months old.
My father has been suffering from cold and cough from 30 years with lots of phlegm. Due to the cough, my father is now having a pain in his chest and stomach. They did not find any types of problems, such as BP or blood sugar issues. Please can someone suggest a solution, any supplement, or syrup that might help.
February 4, 2013
Have his doctor check him for cystic fibrosis.
If you get any cough while you are sleeping, try to wash your throat with any salt water. You can make salt water that adding 1 teaspoon of salt with 1/2 a glass of water. Also salt reacts against germs. It gives immediate relief and you can continue your sleep without disturbances. This has been experienced by my family and friends.
By butterfly20 from Bahrain
Colds, coughs and sore throats are among the most common seasonal complaints. Although coughing sounds unhealthy, it is actually the body's highly effective way of keeping our lungs and airways clear. Coughing flushes out mucus when we've caught colds and helps us to catch our breath when food or drink goes down the wrong pipe. Unfortunately, many of today's over-the-counter cough medications serve to hinder our body's natural ability to eliminate toxins. For example, nose drops dry up nasal secretions - our body's way of excreting germ-laden mucus. Cough syrups suppress our cough - another natural way of getting rid of toxins and clearing air passages. Homemade cough remedies are designed to offer short-term relief of uncomfortable symptoms, without interfering with your body's natural ability to heal itself. They should always be used in conjunction with medical care and with your doctor's approval.
Because coughs can also be a sign of a more serious underlying condition, you should seek medical attention immediately if:
Certain foods can aggravate your cough by stimulating mucus production. If you are suffering from a cough, avoid the following foods:
Foods that help with the reduction of mucus include garlic, onions, watercress, horseradish, and mustard.
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Roots: steep for 15 minutes
Seeds: steep for 10 to 15 minutes
Leaves: steep for 3 to 10 minutes
After steeping for the appropriate time, strain the mixture to remove the dried herb, and let the tea cool to a drinkable temperature. Drink 3 to 4 cups a day, or if using a tea bag, follow the dosage recommended on the product.
Slippery elm is another anti-cough herb that stops the cough reflex by forming a protective and soothing layer around the irritated mucous membranes of your throat. Another remedy for dry coughs is to combine the juice from 3 garlic cloves with some honey and milk, and warm the mixture on the stove (do not boil). Take two teaspoons of the liquid in morning and evening. A few other anti-cough herbs, like horehound, are what herbalists call expectorants - herbs that thin the cough-causing mucus so that you can expectorate (spit) it out. You can find slippery elm teas and horehound lozenges, as well as the herbs listed above, in most health food stores.
Cough remedies that you can make at home. Post your ideas.
Half a large onion, sprinkle with sugar. Tilt slightly and let the juice drain into dish. Drink. Wonderful home remedy for cough and breaking up phlegm.
By Nanasuegibbs (02/15/2005)
Get about half a shot of whiskey, add about 10 crushed up peppermints. Put in small jar, like baby food jar, and let set until it forms a syrup. Take 1 tablespoonful every 6 hours. WOW what a relief! My Great Grandmother who was a full blooded Cherokee Indian SWORE on this. I have tried it. IT WORKS. (02/15/2005)
By vicky hunt
(b)(/b)Well the best I have found is Hot Toddy. Oh wow does it help.
This is an old Indian (Canadian) remedy that I have used for 30 years and my mother used it longer than that. Buy a bunch of fresh beets. Cut them in half and place in a large shallow bowl. Sprinkle one half of a bag of brown sugar (2 lb.) over the beets and let sit overnight covered with plastic wrap. In the morning, drain off the juice (syrup) and then cover them again with the other pound of brown sugar, cover and let sit over night. Pour off the syrup and discard the beets. It's actually quite pleasant to taste and will knock a cough dead in it's tracks. We call it Kick A-- Cough syrup and it never fails. Keep Refrigerated and it will last and last forever. Use as needed. (02/15/2005)
My grandmother and mother use to fry onions wrap them in a towel and put them on my chest. As far as I can recall it worked every time. I stopped coughing and fell asleep. Woke up those next mornings feeling a lot better. Gargling with salt water was another thing they got me to do. It wasn't my favorite but my throat always felt better. (02/16/2005)
By Mr. Thrifty
An old family remedy which is Romany (gypsy) in nature, is to take two cups of brandy, peel and place one clove of garlic in it. Add the juice of one lemon and 2 tablespoons of garlic. Set for at least one hour and take by the tablespoon whenever necessary. Keep sealed in a tight jar and store in a cool, dry place. (02/17/2005)
By Suzanne S.
My Mother and grandmother use to cook 1 cup of turpentine and 1 cup of lard on the stove. After it cooks for an hour, let it cool slightly. Take a wash cloth and soak it and ring out and put it on your chest. They use to safety pin it to our pajamas. Worked great. (02/26/2005)
If you are not opposed to alcohol, my father swore by apricot brandy, just a sip. (02/26/2005)
I do make one by cutting an onion in half and putting two teaspoons of sugar over the onion. Place in a glass container with wrap over top. Take the juice left in the morning by teaspoons the next day.
Donna Marie (03/20/2005)
Get a teaspoon of honey, mix with some lemon juice, and a cup of tea. ENJOY! (12/28/2005)
Someone once gave me "Cheyenne pepper pills". I ate like four capsules he filled with red pepper on the first night and followed the next day with the same. It loosened my congestion and helped my cough become more productive.
Eat one table spoon of honey with crushed black pepper. (10/09/2006)
Chop up an onion, and pour honey over it. In a saucepan, heat on low for a little while. Then take like 6 tablespoons of the honey, and let it sit in your throat. Don't drink water for at least a 30 min. (12/06/2006)
Soak almonds overnight and remove their skin. Make a paste of the soaked almonds with little butter and sugar. This is very useful for dry cough.(quote)(/quote) (12/08/2006)
(b)(/b)Take 1/2 tsp onion juice n 1/2 tsp of ginger juice add a tsp full of honey. I've tried it so I know it WORKS! Hope it works for you too. (12/11/2006)
By farisa ahsan
Have a cup of boiled water, add honey and squeeze a fresh lemon in. This should help.
These remedies have all been really useful ideas but I also like to fill a large bowl with hot water then put a towel over my head to stop the steam from escaping and take deep breaths in. At first it makes you cough but after 10 minutes it seems to stop (02/14/2007)
ginger juice and honey....mix it and take a tablespoon (03/10/2007)
Honey, lemon juice & salt works immediately for my 4 year old girl and honey & salt for my 6 month old boy. (05/30/2007)
By Rehana Perveen
I noticed that the first post stated that she gives her 6 month old salt and honey. Your doctor should have informed you that honey is never recommended to children under the age of 1 years old. A baby can have a severe allergic reaction. (06/15/2007)
Cut an onion into bite-sized pieces, and chew a piece every now and then. Yuck! But, so worth it. (06/17/2007)
Another remedy which I found effective is rubbing on Vaporub ( Vicks ) on the feet and covering them with socks before going to sleep. It relieves the cough during sleep. (08/26/2007)
By Sapna Mallavoolu
Mix honey, water, and green tea together, for some it helps and for others it doesn't. It could help if so, its great and leaves you feeling hydrated and fresh! (08/27/2007)
My grandmother used to swear by an old West of England remedy. First she would put tripe in a bowl with a quart of gin and rest overnight in a cool, dry place. In the morning she would pour the liquid into a jug and add prunes, honey, lemon, onions and Bisto. It tasted revolting but it worked. (My mother said she used to add cough mixture when we weren't looking).
I've tried most home remedies they do not work for me (sorry, but true). Therefore I came up with my own remedy! Go to just about any pharmacy and purchase their brand of Nyquil, works like a charm, no mess, no fuss and "It WORKS" ;) (09/06/2007)
By NotMartha Stewart
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, 1 Tbs. honey, 1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar, and 2 Tbs water. Mix and take by the teaspoon. I haven't slept in almost a week now due to a terrible cough, I found this home remedy and thought anything is worth a try. It tastes horrible but it seems to be working so far. I took 3 teaspoons at once. There are no side effects besides the horrible face you will make right after taking it. I also put the remaining mixture in the fridge, I'm not sure if it's necessary but I figured it couldn't hurt. (09/16/2007)
In a coffee filter, put 2 chicken bullion cubes (for salt and flavor), ginger (fresh is best), turmeric, cayenne pepper (as much as you can stand) and, if you have any, some fresh onion - just a bit. Wrap up the filter and tie or staple it closed. Put this in the bottom of a coffee pot (if you don't mind washing it afterwards), or a cooking pot, and add hot water (or cold and make it hot). You can add garlic, too, if you want - there's already a little in the bullion. Let the broth steep for a while to strengthen. Drink while warm.
It has a lot of the elements of other "cures," but it tastes good enough to drink in the quantities needed for helping an illness. (11/13/2007)
Vicks Vaporub on the bottoms of your feet and put on socks at bedtime. I have also tried this on myself - I have just gotten over a cold. It really did work. I was amazed! (11/18/2007)
My mother made a syrup with honey as the base (about 3 oz.) to which she added a crushed aspirin and about a tablespoon of Listerine. I was a "croupy" kid and got this in the middle of the night more nights than I can count. Worked for me! (12/01/2007)
If you mix some honey, lemon juice and sugar with some boiling water (to your liking but put quite a lot of honey in it) it will stop a cough in its tracks! (12/04/2007)
By (enter name)
Hot tea with honey and lemon and stir in a cough drop. Doesn't stop completely but it helps tremendously!
For those who are seeking home remedies for children under a year, please note that Honey is *never* ok for children under a year to a year and a half. It is not an allergic reaction, as someone stated previously, but botulism that babies can get from honey. The bacteria are commonly found in honey (a natural product) and cannot be eliminated or removed, not even by boiling. If you feed a child honey in any form, and they get botulism, their muscles will stop working and they will become quite limp. After a while, their rib cage and diaphragm stop functioning, and they can no longer breathe. There is a treatment, if it is diagnosed properly, and in time, but it typically costs something on the order of $40k, even if you have insurance it may or may not cover it. Much cheaper and safer to just not give honey to a baby. (12/14/2007)
Take a couple tablespoons of vinegar. Tastes nasty, but cuts the phelm. (12/14/2007)
My grandma used to mix baking soda and honey together. Makes a cough productive when you cough. Plus it doesn't taste nasty like vinegar.
As far as VapoRub, I rub it on my chest then put a hot rag on it. That helps, plus helps me breathe as I often get coughs and stuffy nose. (12/24/2007)
I just tried a spoonful of apple cider vinegar for my hacking cough, and it worked. This cough I've had for several days has calmed right down. Thanks to whoever suggested that home made remedy. Maybe I can get some rest now! Happy New Year. (01/04/2008)
Sniff the hot tea.
delsym is the only thing that works (01/10/2008)
In winter a lingering cough often follows a cold which often keeps me from sleeping at night for weeks. For years I've know I have weak lungs from living with a smoking father. I've tried many of these and the best one is the Cayenee, ginger honey, vinegar, water one. From my research over the years, anything with sugar of any kind just feeds the germs in our throats. But, honey for some reason has different properties that does not affect spread germs. I found this very interesting. I've found this recipe comes out of India. (01/17/2008)
By Jeri Mick
About half a shot of whiskey. Add about 10 crushed up peppermints. And let set until it forms a syrup. Take 1 tablespoonful every 6 hours. This really works. (01/20/2008)
My mom still makes this. It's simple and easy. Put a spoonful of lemon juice in a cup. Then put in 2 spoonfuls of honey. Stir. This helps with minor sore throats too. Take 1 tsp for kids and 2 tsp for adults. The only problem is it works the first couple times you take it, but if you take it too often it won't work anymore. This is a common problem with some prescriptions too. (01/24/2008)
This works: Drink Warm water as often as you can with honey and a dissolved cough drop. Put a warm heating pad on your chest and get as much rest as you can. Also, you can try warm milk with honey and a squeeze of lemon. That tastes great and works too. (02/12/2008)
I live in Brazil and have learned a home remedy used by many here. I have a 2-year old and a 3-year old, and it worked wonders on their colds. All you need is a fresh red beet and sugar. Peel and slice the red beet. Put the red beet slices in a strainer one by one, sprinkling a generous layer of sugar between each layer. Put the strainer over a bowl and let it set in the refrigerator. Within an hour, you should already have some syrup in the bowl. Give a few teaspoons every few hours. My daughters had terrible colds with coughs, and just a few doses in the evening and by the next morning they were almost 100%!! It's super easy and you know exactly what you are giving your young child! (02/13/2008)
A few teaspoons of vinegar works good. It clears your throat and relieves the scratchiness. (02/19/2008)
What works for me is boiled water, 3-4 squeezes of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 teaspoons of sugar. You just put it under your mouth, close enough to breathe in the steam, then breathe it in through your mouth, and out through your nose. Do this for 10 minutes and this will temporarily soothe your throat and stop your coughing for about 1-2 hours. (04/17/2008)
Looking for an old recipe for a cough remedy that has whiskey and rock candy but not sure what else if anything?
Zan from Charlotte, NC
I remember my mom making that as child, but only remember the whiskey and seemed like she used horehound candy. Not sure what else went in it. (05/06/2008)
For a quick homemade remedy for cough, heat 1 can of Coke or generic cola and a handful of raisins. Sip a couple tablespoons while warm. Cheap and works well. (05/06/2008)
We used to make up a "Hot Toddy" that was good for what "ales" ya. It's especially good for head colds & flu:
---> Squeeze one half of a fresh lemon into a large mug (that can take boiling water) then add one shot of Whiskey, Southern Comfort, or Rum. Next, fill remainder of mug with boiling water, then add a large "glop" of honey (about a Tablespoon or 2) and lastly, the magic ingredient: Sprinkle a bit of cayenne pepper on top & stir well.
Some folks add a stick of rock candy into this instead of, or with the honey, because you can suck on the rock candy like you would a cough drop.
This concoction may not heal you, but it'll sure make you feel better & help you sleep! It may or may not be the healthiest cough & cold recipe out there, but back in our great-grandparents day, this is all they had. There may be alcohol in it, but at least you can say there are no chemicals & it's "totally natural"!
* The Cayenne pepper makes your nose run, which really cleans out your sinuses so you'll be able to breathe freely for quite awhile & the Honey helps your throat feel better, the alcohol relaxes you & the Lemon cuts down on phlegm & gives you that extra Vitamin C we all need when we're sick... I also forgot to mention that I like to add hot tap water, beforehand to preheat the mug.
** Obviously, you'd not want to put any alcohol in this recipe when giving this recipe to children or those in recovery, or taking other meds. (05/06/2008)
Ginger tea sweetened with honey works for coughs. (05/06/2008)
We had the really bad flu in January. Was desperate for something to stop the wrenching coughing. Allergic to honey and all my old remedies did not work. Got out an herb book. It recommended using thyme and oregano. In a cup of water I steeped 1 tbsp oregano and 1 tbsp thyme. Then added a tbsp vinegar and 1 heaping tbsp of brown sugar. It actually worked. Doesn't taste that great, but I did not care. (05/07/2008)
I have had a horrible cough for the last two days and have not been able to sleep. I had taken NyQuil, prescription cough syrup and cough drops. Then my husband talked to his 93 year old Grandmother and she said all I would need to do is put a cold wash cloth over my throat and then put a dry hand towel over it. So I tried this and it worked! I slept for 8 hours! She says that it creates steam in your body to help loosen the airways. (05/10/2008)
I always go for nebulizer (Steam Mask) at Dr clinic. It works wonders and child goes to sleep. (05/22/2008)
Just use hard candied or rock candy. Put it in a "canning jar." Pour over the candy with some cheap whiskey, and shake. This may take about 4 days or more to dissolve, but that is all you do. It will taste like the old Vicks formula 44 that used to burn when it hit the chest. Works great! (06/03/2008)
Looking for an old recipe for a cough remedy that has whiskey and rock candy, but not sure what else if anything?
Zan from Charlotte, NC
To answer your question, it is Jim Beam Rock and Rye Whiskey. Make up a tea using a tea bag, honey, fresh lemon, and rock and rye. Heat it as hot as you can stand it and drink it as fast as you can, then get under the covers. It really helps stop the night coughing. (06/10/2008)
A spoon of honey melted into warm lemonade with a tsp of sugar. Clears that cough right up and cheap and soothing. I have it all the time. Tastes nice too. (07/06/2008)
A guaranteed cure to stop coughing is to rub Vick's salve on the bottom of your feet (while laying down, or in bed), then put socks on over you feet. It won't be long and the cough will disappear. I'm not sure how it works, but it does. Now you won't have to worry about your child's cough anymore. (08/02/2008)
By Bill R
Take 1 tsp of honey with 1 tsp of brandy, heat and have in the night before sleeping. This works for kids as well as adults. Also you can boil 1/2 cup coca-cola and drink it 3 times a day. (08/18/2008)
By Suresh A
When I was a small girl and had laryngitis, my mother's Mennonite maid made a syrup from onion, sugar and I think some honey. I took a spoonful or so and my voice came back to normal in no time at all. A miracle.
By Jeanne C
Warm milk, honey, and rock candy (09/24/2008)
Mix Aloe Gel, honey, 1/4 onion and Lime in a blender. Drink a large tablespoon every 2 hrs. Make some green tea with lime, drink it hot. Vapor rub in chest, back, and feet and you will sleep like a baby. For those of you hooked on the whiskey and rum, be careful if you have a fever with dehydration, lots of orange juice with pulp is the best. Do not drink milk if you have a cough. (10/04/2008)
Scroll to Patricia and her husband's Grandma. Wet, cold washcloth on the neck, hand towel around it and I'm telling you that stuff works! My girl (7) was hacking away the 2nd night in a row. My husband, a medic, of course tried the OTC and to no avail. 15, yes, 15 minutes after I tried this, as a last resort before going to squeezed lemon, honey, thyme and all the other good stuff. IT WORKED! 90 min later and she is still asleep, not a beep out of her. I am so grateful! Thanks so much for another great remedy that was delivered from the past. (11/12/2008)
Very good one. My hubby got the flu after taking the flu shot & got Claritin from the Dr. I made him this; 1/3 cup of lemon juice,1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Mix well in a 16 oz water bottle, finish filling it with water. Drink as needed day & night, good luck. (11/30/2008)
Mexican people use this, and it's very effective: my child and I had a very loud cough in 2007 winter. Our neighbor (an old Mexican lady) told us to boil 2 cinnamon sticks and then serve in a cup with lime juice (not lemon) and drink it hot! That remedy works. I use it every time. (12/24/2008)
You should not give honey to any child under the age of two. (12/27/2008)
My 8 year old son has had a hacking cough for 3 days. After giving him the maximum dose of cough medicine with no relief, I tried Patricia's recipe from her husband's grandmother (scroll down). I placed a cold wet cloth on his throat and covered it with a dry towel. He stopped coughing instantly and has not coughed once since. Amazing! (12/28/2008)
I am absolutely amazed at the results of Patricia's remedy! I've had a chesty, congested cough for about two days now. Tonight, none of my prescribed meds worked at all. So about an hour ago, in desperation, I crawled out of bed and Googled HERBAL REMEDIES. ha ha. I ended up eating some honey, but the cough still lingered. In even more hopeless desperation, I tried Patricia's remedy as a last resort, and it works. By gum, Does it work. I'm amazed. Patricia, I owe a good nights sleep to you! (01/08/2009)
Patricia's remedy doesn't work for everyone. Tried it on my 7 year old and she's coughing worse than ever. Different strokes for different folks. (01/14/2009)
My 7 year old started coughing earlier this evening and I tried to have him sip hot water with a little sugar, honey and lemon but he didn't want to drink it. So I just put a tablespoon of honey and a few drops of lemon juice mixed in and had him swallow it in one spoonful and here we are about 15 minutes later and no cough! It really did work immediately. I didn't have fresh lemon so I had to use the sour juice in the container that is shaped like a lemon, but it worked. At least now he can get some sleep. (01/31/2009)
My mom has been coughing for the past 2 weeks, turns out that she has pneumonia. The doctors have her on about 4 different prescriptions, and they all work fairly well. But at night, it's really bad, she can't lay down or she will start coughing. She has tried some of the home remedies and they have worked pretty well, but I am desperately seeking help from anyone who is willing to give me some. So thanks to everyone who has posted some of your own home remedies, I will be making a list of some of the ones she should try. Thank you so much!
If you can help me, you can E-mail me at SaraMuFFin88 at(@) AOL dot(.)com
(sorry my E-mail address looks kind of weird, but I was following the directions for putting your E-mail on this comment thing.) (02/02/2009)
By Sara From WI.
In warm milk, add turmeric powder and salt, drink it right before going to bed at night. Let it sit, do not drink water for couple hours. It works and it's safe. (02/12/2009)
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Mr. Boston Rock and Rye. I bought it at my local liquor store. This is the drink with the rock candy in it.
I have been reading the comments and suggestions concerning the coughing regarding specifically 6-7 year olds. I tried the spoonful of honey first. I'm waiting 15 min. Not working yet. Okay on to the next, cold wash cloth on neck with towel over it..okay I'm waiting to see, it's a no go. I think this is weird but I'm desperate. Baby chest rub on her feet with socks...waiting, 10 min. later, thank you Jesus! Poor thing, I know she was going to start coughing blood any moment from how hard she was coughing. Oh, I forgot to say that before all of this I gave her a teaspoon of prescription cough syrup that of course did not work. 15 mins, still nothing from the bedroom. All is well. Thanks to all! (02/17/2009)
The mixture of 1 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp cider vinegar, and 2 tbsp water is the best remedy I've found. Just made it for my son (it's 3am) who has been coughing every night for weeks now. Tonight was the worst. Within minutes of taking 2 tsp of this mixture he was asleep. He wouldn't let me rub the Vick's on his feet, though I know it works quite well. And we did not want to use OTC commercial products. HURRAY! (02/19/2009)
By Cathy, AZ
It's a miracle, thank you thank you. My 2 year old grandson has had a bad cough for two days now and has had no sleep from coughing so bad. My daughter and I just tried the remedy of putting Vick's Vapor rub on the bottom of his little feet and covering them with socks. To our amazement he stopped coughing within 15 minutes and has finally fallen asleep. What a wonderful and safe remedy. (02/21/2009)
A lot of great ideas! Just a note, never, ever give little children raw honey (under 1-2 years). Raw honey often contains botulism bacteria. The levels are quite low so that an older person's natural intestinal bacteria wipe them out before they cause harm. But babies haven't developed their natural flora yet and can't protect themselves.
I've had a horrible and constant cough for about a week. I tried a tsp of sugar, a big glob of honey and a few squeezes of a fresh lemon and poured boiling water over. I'm sitting here 10 minutes later not coughing at all and I think I've found my new favorite drink. It tastes so yummy. (02/25/2009)
When I was a child, we were pretty poor. My parents always got the generic version of Vick's and smeared it on a long tube sock. They safety-pinned it to my neck, like a scarf. When I woke up, I almost always never had the symptoms. This worked for cough and cold (and especially chest congestion). This also ensures your child won't get any Vick's in his or her eyes or mouth through the night. (03/04/2009)
My son is 2 years old. I am looking for a homemade cough remedy. He coughs when he cries and he gets a cough during the day that can last about an hour. I took him to the doctor and he said it was allergies. He gave him medicine but it didn't work. Please help.
By Sheetal from Hyderabad, AP
One thing that is typically used is honey, but please be careful with this since his cough is caused by allergies. Bees make honey from the plants that may be causing his allergies, and giving him too much may cause a serious reaction. If you choose to use it, build up the amount very gradually over a period of time. Use raw honey native to where you live. If he can tolerate it, it will help him build a tolerance to what he is allergic to, similar to getting allergy shots. It is a folk cure for hay fever and known to work, but must be begun cautiously. Again, if too much is taken in the beginning, he may have a major reaction. (04/05/2009)
I should have posted this the first time, but have you cut out all dairy products? Dairy products cause mucus to build up in the body, causing coughs. Some people have a harder time dealing with it than others. Try to quit eating and drinking all dairy products for a couple of weeks and see if that helps.
When my son was younger, we had to cut way back on dairy all the time and totally cut it out anytime he got sick. We also gave him cod liver oil to help build his immunities. He went from being sick all the time to playing outside constantly. Today he's 27 years old and still takes the cod liver oil. New studies show how effective fish oils can be. (04/05/2009)
This helps our great granddaughter, she is 5. But it also helps DH, my daughter, and I. Rub Vick's (it now comes in a grease-less tube and the new baby Vick's has a pink lid. I like it myself.) on the bottoms of his feet, put clean socks on over that. It will help to lay down with him to get him to stop crying. That may help him to sleep also.
Our neighbor is a pediatric nurse practitioner, she told me to take a cup of milk and warm (as hot as he can stand it) it with a spoonful of honey in it. Let the boy sip it to help his cough. I hope this helps. (04/05/2009)
If you've only tried one allergy medicine, then I would tell the doctor and ask him to prescribe/suggest something else. The Dr. should know it didn't work anyway, so that it can be noted on your son's chart.
You can also find homeopathic remedies at a natural foods/health-food store or on-line. One good place to start is: http://www.hylands.com/ (04/05/2009)
An old-fashioned cough medicine would be honey and lemon. The honey coats the throat. I'm not sure what the lemon does but people used to always pair them up so there must be some benefit aside from the vitamin C. Another way to go might be to use a saline (salt) solution nasal spray. There are no side effects and the saline solution may prevent some of the irritants from adhering to the nasal membranes. (04/18/2009)
The honey and lemon treatment is great and most kids will drink it. I want to just suggest that if this persists, have your child tested for asthma. When my oldest daughter was 2, she would have bad bouts of coughing. I thought she had a cold, but it would not go away! Her doctor diagnosed her with having bronchial asthma. This can cause chronic coughing fits. Crying makes it worse because they are already having problems getting enough air. Check it out just to be safe. (04/25/2009)
Buckwheat honey is the way to go. My 3 1/2-year-old son has been suffering w/ a cough for 6 months. I was told it was possible asthma, allergies, some combination thereof. He was on Singulair, Claritin, Pulmicort nebulizers, and I found myself still very dissatisfied. Like most parents, I don't want my kid on daily medication if I can help it. 2 weeks ago, I found myself reading these posts and willing to try just about anything.
I tried the Vick's on the feet (no success), then went on to honey. I worked him up to 1 tbsp of honey twice a day (locally-made stuff) and it worked. I haven't yet weaned him from the Claritin, but his cough has lessened dramatically even from what it was with the Claritin alone (which was the one drug I couldn't get away from. Off the Claritin, coughing all night!).
We talked to our pediatrician this a.m. and he said honey is great because not only does it reduce inflammation, but it also increases the ciliary action in the lungs. However, he said I should switch to the Buckwheat variety instead of locally made. I highly recommend this to anyone whose kid is suffering through a really bad cold or even if they're like mine and have this unexplained chronic cough. (09/01/2009)