Y.S. asks from Roselle, IL on February 29, 2008
Hello moms, my son has been coughing for over a week now. We went to his pediatritian last Saturday and she prescribed Albuterol Syrup. 4 days of taking it, the coughing is worst. I called her yesterday and she told me to try over the counter Benadryl. I went to Walgreens last night and looked at Benadryl and it says it's for Allergy symptoms, runny nose, watery eyes, itchy throat etc. - nothing about cough?
Why would she tell me to buy Benadryl for cough?
C.D. answers from Chicago on March 02, 2008
Haven't had the opportunity to try this because it was just passed on to me but others swear by it. Try putting Vicks Vapor Rub on his feet at night and then covering them with socks. It's supposed to quiet the cough immediately. Hope it gives you both some relief
A little about me:
mom of 5 working from home.
J.J. answers from Chicago on March 01, 2008
Here's some good information for dealing with coughs....
Best wishes for quick healing.
N.M. answers from Decatur on March 01, 2008
I am a 48 year old mom of 8. After years of the runny noses and coughs, you learn all kinds of things. The Benadryl will dry up the drainage from the sinuses which run down the throat and cause rattle coughs. The Albuterol Syrup causes it to loosen up. Hope this helps
K.L. answers from Chicago on March 01, 2008
Two things: Firstly, if there is a lot of phlegm, I would suggest any kind of tea with A LOT of lemon, it cuts right through it. If it's a dry, scratchy throat, you want to make tea with A LOT of honey, that will coat it and give relief from coughing. Cutting out mucous forming foods might also help, like dairy. I found this online recently-perhaps it will be of some help to you:
The Onion Pack
I’ve never seen anything work faster to
stop incessant coughing than a pack made
of yellow onion. When my sons coughed
through the night, remaining asleep while
I lay awake, I’d head for the kitchen
to prepare this remedy. By the time I
would get from the bed to the door, the
coughing would stop!
The medicinal properties of the onion are
contained in its fumes and the inhalation
of them is what does the trick. The room
won’t smell so fabulous in the morning,
but I always figured it was worth a
Thinly slice a small yellow onion, place
in cheesecloth, folding it over to make a
Place in a 200-degree oven for just a few
minutes to warm it.
Place on your child’s chest, taping in
place with surgical tape and covering
with a nightshirt.
Chest-Relaxing Ginger Rub
When your child’s chest feels tight as
a result of cold or flu and coughing is
painful, a ginger rub will bring herbal
heat to the chest. Ginger’s stimulating
properties increase circulation and help
loosen things up, with greater comfort
being the happy result. I can remember
times when this remedy was so effective
that the next night my son required an
onion pack to stop the incessant coughing
from all the loosened phlegm!
To prepare this rub, mix together 1
tablespoon each of powdered ginger
(Zingiber off.) (purchased from a health
food store, where it will not have been
irradiated) and a non-petrolated
petroleum jelly (also available at a
health food store).
The mixture will look rather like brown
frosting. But don’t eat it — spread
it on your child’s chest, then cover
with a cotton T-shirt.
A reddening of the area is normal and
indicates that the ginger is increasing
circulation to the capillaries near the
surface of the skin.
In the morning, the petroleum jelly will
have been absorbed and the ginger will
have worked its magic, as indicated by
your child’s ability to breathe more
Another wonderful reason to use ginger: A
Brigham Young University study revealed
that this herb significantly decreased
nausea and diarrhea associated with the
Onion-Honey Cough Syrup
Here’s a sweet and delicious cough
remedy your child will love to eat! The
anti-inflammatory properties of both
honey and onion help relax coughing
spasms and soothe irritated tissue. Onion
and honey are anti-microbial, as well.
Research reveals that onions, as well as
garlic and cayenne, produce an irritation
in the stomach lining that signals the
lungs to release a flow of secretions
that help thin sticky, thickened mucus.
Can you recall how peeling an onion
brings tears to your eyes? That’s the
same mechanism in action. This is what
makes onion such a good expectorant,
breaking up congestion in the lungs.
Mountain Rose Herbs. A herbs, health and
harmony company. Since 1987
In a small saucepan, mix together 1 cup
honey; 1 medium, yellow onion, chopped;
and 1 tablespoon thyme leaf (more, if you
use it fresh).
Cook the above ingredients until the
onion is softened.
Serve warm by itself, eaten by the
teaspoonful, over mashed potatoes or with
your child’s favorite vegetable, meat
Small amounts may be eaten several times
a day, if desired.
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S.W. answers from Chicago on March 20, 2008
Coughing can be an allergy symptom- especially the "tickle" type of couch. My 7 year old granddaughter (who lives with us) takes Benadryl syrup for her allergy symptoms. It really helps, but may make your child sleepy at 1st. We give her 1/2 dose if needed in the AM, whole dose if needed at night.
hope he's better by now...
M.J. answers from Chicago on March 01, 2008
If in doubt about something the doctor told you, you really should ask them to clarify. But my guess would be that she suspects allergies. My kids and my husband coughs from post nasal drip and the Benedryl can help some. It's over the counter and an easy fix if it works. Try for 3 days and if it does not help call you doctor back
A.M. answers from Chicago on March 01, 2008
I had the same exact thing happen to my son. We prefer Zyrtec but benadryl works nice too. We also have a nebulizer on hand with albuterol for when he gets really bad. for the record cough syrups will not work on this, they may make him better for a little bit but the allergy meds will rid him of the cough. Good Luck!
J.A. answers from Chicago on March 01, 2008
It stops/dries mucus from running down the throat that is probably causing the cough.
D.P. answers from Chicago on March 01, 2008
I am not a doctor, but it seems to me that I have heard and read that nothing - not any form of medicine or cough syrup hinders coughing. I imagine you would want to make sure it is not symptomatic of something more serious. Perhaps looking into alternative medicine like Chinese medicine might provide some relief.
L.H. answers from Champaign on March 01, 2008
My son has a great deal of seasonal allergies and many times coughing will occur from the nasal draining. It can also happen because the same allergens that can irriate the sinus passages and eyes can irritate the linings in the throat and bronchial passages. I have allergies to tree and corn pollen (and I live in the midwest LOL) and deal with bronchial irritation and this type of coughin every year/. If your son does have a cough due to nasal drainage the benedryl will definitely help. It will also help him sleep at night since one of the side effects is drowsiness.
L.R. answers from Chicago on February 29, 2008
It is to help the post-nasal drip dry up. I have been giving my daughter Benadryl since she was 2-1/2 and it's the only thing that helps her cough and also helps her to sleep. Hope your son feels better soon.