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Homemade Cough Remedies

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

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By Nelyr104/14/2010

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.

By Be02/06/2010

My three year old son had been coughing alot in bed. I had heard from a friend and my dad about rubbing Vicks on the feet and then putting on socks. I tried it and no kidding it worked! After about 15 minutes or so, coughing stopped. He slept through the night without a single cough.

By Ellen12/04/2009

My 18 month old daughter had a chronic cough for months. The doctors gave us so many different times of medicine and nothing worked. She would stay up all night coughing and crying. One day I decided to do research on home remedies, I noticed that a lot of people used honey so one night, she was crying and absolutely miserable and of course I wasn't getting any sleep, i decided to give her a tsp of honey, within 2 hours she fell asleep and didn't cough for the rest of the night! The 6 month cough finally came to an end!

By Bonnie12/03/2009

The sure way to stop coughing is to turn on shower, hot water, let steam up bathroom, sit for 15 min, It will stop the cough. Got this tip from a nurse, when my then 5 year old granddaughter was coughing and would not stop. Called the hospital, and I was told to do this. It really worked. Put her to bed, she never coughed the whole night.

By Sal11/12/2009

FYI, fellow North americans: the "squash" for flavoring the recipe is not a vegetable; it's what they call drink concentrates in the UK.

By Mirela10/24/2009

My 7 yr old son has had a cold with a terrible chesty cough that would erupt at bed time. As I didn't find cough relief medicine to work I've decided to search the web for home made cough remedies. I did come across this site; I have tried the honey & lemon, didn't help much, tried the Vicks on his chest and on his feet with the socks on - it hasn't worked. Tried infusion of hot water & Olba oil - no results. Then I made an appeal to my friends, and two of them advised me to try the following:
Boil 1 onion for 10 minutes, pour the liquid in a cup, mix it with 2 tsp honey, let it cool down a bit... when is warm give it to the child. It worked wonders!
ps. I added few drops of squash just for flavouring.

By sangam10/16/2009

Thanks to all guys who posted the remedy of honey and lemon and also rubbing the feet with vicks and putting the socks on.
My 7 year old son woke me up at 4 in the morning now, he's been coughing since 2 days but today was severe. It was continuous. So searched google and found this wonderful site with wonderful people responding. I squeezed 2-3 tbsp of fresh lime and 1 Tbsp. of honey, mixed well and gave it to my son, but only after rubbing his both feet with Vicks and putting his socks on, his cough seems to be gone miraculously and he's sleeping comfortably. Thank you.

By Linda L. [33]09/06/2009

Never give honey to an infant under 1 yr old, however. Some honey has botulism spores that could be fatal to a baby.

By Duane De Vries [1]09/01/2009

My suggestion is only for adults. It works for me but may not work for you. OK, at bedtime and I get a coughing spasm, I get out some 80 proof (or better) bourbon and pour my self a shot. Then I drink it down, swallowing slowly! It does burn a bit going down (grin). I figure it's just burning out the phlegm in my throat. Yep, just the straight bourbon with NO water, no mix, no nothing. And yes, out of curiosity I did try different things including gin, vodka, whiskey, scotch and the only one that worked for me was bourbon. Don't take more than a shot and don't drink and drive! For me, it stopped the coughing long enough for me to get to sleep.

By PENNY K [15]09/01/2009

I would also check around the house for hidden sources of mold. Vents, etc.

By Alison09/01/2009

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 dissatified. 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 Vicks 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 b/c 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.

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