My ten year old daughter recently developed a cough that produces a lot of phlegm.
Q. Dear Terry, “My ten year old daughter recently developed a cough that produces a lot of phlegm. She seems perfectly fine other than the coughing attacks that occur during the day and night. I’m worried the coughing is keeping her up at night. What natural ingredients are child safe and can help her cough?” — Constance A., Indianapolis, IN
A. Dear Constance, As always, I strongly encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your daughter’s pediatrician, 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 the coughing flares 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 your daughter take these about an hour or two before bedtime.
Terry . . . Naturally