My 10-year-old daughter has been fighting a cough for the last several weeks.
Q. Dear Terry, “My 10-year-old daughter has been fighting a cough for the last several weeks. She has seen multiple doctors and they don’t seem concerned because they said it is not contagious. The cough seems to be worse at night. Any help would be greatly appreciated!” — Teresa S., Renton, WA
A. Dear Teresa, Because your daughter is already under the care of a doctor, I highly encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with her physician, as they may have additional input.
Thyme and climbing ivy are two botanicals I highly recommend for coughing. Not only do they function as expectorants (help the body to cough out phlegm), but they are also mucolytics (break up congestion). Thyme and ivy are one of the most popular and commonly recommended herbal blends in Europe for dry spasmodic coughs, and due to its overall safety, it is a favorite for treating coughs in children. When taken together, they make a very excellent combination, helping to keep the lungs clear.
I would have her take these two ingredients several times a day. These same ingredients are also available in a liquid form that is a perfect option for children or anyone who may have difficulty swallowing tablets or capsules.
Additionally, to help stop the coughing frequency at night, I would try a combination of calcium (as calcium lactate), magnesium (as magnesium citrate), and zinc (as zinc gluconate). These minerals can help relax the muscles – keeping spasmodic coughs at bay. I would have her take these about an hour or two before bedtime.
Terry . . . Naturally