With all of the recent coughs and cold we have been informed by a local paramedic that it is in fact
better and safer for your child to be given calpol or ibuprofen than cough medicine for a common cold.
Advice given was that cough medicine has no evidence of helping with coughs and colds and is full of sugar.
It is also advised to not give any over the counter cough medicines to children under the age of
6 as the risks can often out way the benefits.
What should we do when a child has a cough or cold?
Cough and colds are self-limiting conditions and will usually get better by themselves.
Simple measures such as ensuring your child has plenty to drink and gets enough rest will help.
Paracetamol or ibuprofen can also be used to reduce your child’s temperature.
For young babies, particularly those who are having difficulty feeding, nasal saline drops
are available to help thin and clear nasal secretions. If your child is over the age of one,
a warm drink of lemon and honey may help to ease a cough. If your child is not getting better
after five days, ask a health professional for advice.
Please see http://www.nhs.uk/news/2009/02february/pages/childcoldflumedicines.aspx or http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/2570.aspx for further information regarding cough medicines and coughs/colds