Relief of Symptoms
So how can you relieve your child’s chest congestion safely? According to the Academy of Pediatrics, It is not recommended that children under the age of six take any over-the-counter cough medication. Instead, parents can opt for the following natural solutions to ease the congestion:
Increase water intake: the body’s fluids will naturally become more dilute with proper hydration. When we feel crummy, liquids might not be appetizing, but ensuring your child is drinking can actually shorten the course of the congestion.
Honey for children over 1 years old: Research has shown that honey is more effective than cough syrup at curtailing nighttime coughing (NIH). Honey thins secretions and loosens the cough. Use ½ to 1 teaspoons as needed. You can mix the honey in a warm herbal tea if preferred.
Humidity: Warm, moist air from a shower or cold air from a humidifier can help a child whose coughing reflex is being exacerbated by dryness.
Symptoms don’t always have to be managed. If your child is not bothered by the congestion, keep an eye on them and let the virus run its course.
For more Care Guides and information on coughs, check out our Symptom Checker.