Best baby cough remedies

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In this best baby cough remedy comparison, you can find out what the Tell Me Baby community thinks are the top baby cough remedies on the market. (Read baby cough remedy reviews.)

Baby cough remedy comparison chart

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Flo
$11.95
 
13

"We use this nasal spray for our son when he has congestion."

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$11.95
 
(13)

"We use this nasal spray for our son when he has congestion."

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$74.99
 
21

"Much better for the walls than a heat one!"

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$74.99
 
(21)

"Much better for the walls than a heat one!"

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$16.99
 
2

"We tried this on our girls when they had a bad cough."

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$16.99
 
(2)

"We tried this on our girls when they had a bad cough."

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$14.95
 
4

"These are popular with the kids due to being a lollipop."

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$14.95
 
(4)

"These are popular with the kids due to being a lollipop."

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How to choose a baby cough remedy

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When choosing a baby cough remedy, we recommend you take the advice of your GP or another health professional. 

About baby coughs

There are a few possible causes of coughs in babies. The most common being a respiratory tract infection, such as a cold. The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne says on their website that “young children usually have six to 12 respiratory tract infections per year, usually caused by viruses.”

Cough symptoms

Not all cough symptoms are the same and they will vary depending on the cause of the cough. That said, the Raising Children Network says a cough that follows a cold will “typically be loose and sometimes produce mucus.”

This can happen when your child lies down, causing mucus can drip down the back of the nose and throat and into the windpipe.

Baby cough treatments

Similar to when your baby has a cold, there’s no cure for a cough that is caused by a virus.

“Antibiotics don’t help with coughs caused by viruses. Sometimes, children may cough for many weeks after a viral infection – this is called a post-viral cough and, again, antibiotics are usually no help,” says the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne website.

Although rare, sometimes a cough may be caused by a bacterial infection in the throat or chest. If this happens, a doctor may prescribe antibiotics.

If your baby has a fever, is in pain and over one-month-old, you can offer paracetamol. Make sure you read the label for the recommended dose. Ibuprofen can be given to children three months and over. Do not give children aspirin.

Read our best baby cough remedy article.

Saline drops and humidifiers

The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles website says a nasal aspirator might work to remove mucus and snot from the baby’s nose. While a cool-mist humidifier could help moisten airways to reduce the coughing caused by post-nasal drip. Read baby humidifier reviews and baby nasal spray reviews.

When to see a doctor for your baby’s cough

Always seek medical advice if you are worried about your baby. You know your baby better than anyone, so you know when something isn’t right. A doctor can then determine the cause of the cough.

If your baby has a high temperature, is struggling to breathe, or isn’t drinking fluids or has fewer wet nappies, then see your doctor.

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Caring for your baby

There’s nothing more heartbreaking than watching your baby cough and not being able to do anything to help. Unfortunately, the advice from the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne is that cough medicines “are not useful in treating cough in children.” They add that children over six can take cough medicine at the advice of a doctor.

Honey may help treat a cough in children over 12 months. Honey should not be given to children under 12 months.

Importantly, offer plenty of cuddles and extra fluids.

When choosing a baby cough remedy, we recommend you take the advice of your GP or another health professional.

Have you tried any of these baby cough remedies? Don’t forget to leave a review on your favourite product to help our community of parents in our health and safety reviews category.

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