Q. Dear Terry, “My 5-year-old daughter had a cold about 10 days ago. She is feeling a lot better and all of her symptoms are gone except for a cough. The cough is improving, but is still bothering her. What can I give her to help with the cough?”– Jamie S., Cheektowaga, NY
A. Dear Jamie, I think it’s important to keep your child’s pediatrician in the loop with any supplementation you may be doing, as they may have additional insight. With that being said, I have a few recommendations I think can really make a difference.
Coughs can be from a variety of conditions, such as bacterial or viral illnesses, asthma, and irritants (smoke, dust, etc.). Regardless of the cause, there is often irritation and inflammation of the bronchial tissue, which leads to coughing. Sometimes a cough can linger for weeks or months after an acute illness. To help support the lungs, I recommend two gentle, safe, and effective botanicals.
Thyme and climbing ivy work together to help calm troublesome coughs. 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 adults and children. When taken together, they make a very excellent combination, helping to keep the lungs clear.
For a child, I recommend a half teaspoon of thyme and ivy in a liquid form, two to four times per day.
Terry . . . Naturally
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