Here we go again, we are entering Cough Season.
You feel that tickle in your throat and you think the worst. With COVID-19, there have been lots of warnings of what to expect this winter.
There are so many unknowns, but one thing we all know for sure is that preparation is key. That means now is the time to stock up on your go-to items:
- Cough Syrup
- Face Masks
- Hand Sanitizer
- Hand Soap
- A Good Humidifier
We want to focus on Cough Syrups today, breaking down everything you need to know to pick the best one for you and your family!
Cough Syrups: Suppressants vs Expectorants
A Cough Suppressant does what it sounds like, it suppresses the cough by blocking your cough reflex. A common drug in suppressants is Dextromethorphan (or you might see it as DM or DXM on the bottle). This type of cough syrup isn’t used to treat a cough with mucus and has the potential to be abused, more on that later.
An Expectorant is great against wet coughs and chest congestion as it can help thin out the phlegm, helping to bring it out of the airways. Sorry, this is kind of gross to discuss BUT worth knowing when you’re trying to get rid of a nasty cough.
Coughing is a natural function of your body. Your throat and airways are equipped with nerves that can sense irritants and seek to kick them out!
So, yes, coughing can be annoying BUT it can also be a good thing!
Why Cough Syrups Have Gotten A Bad Rap In The Past Few Years
Did you know that certain over-the-counter Cough Syrups can be misused and abused?
Remember that drug I spoke about earlier, Dextromethorphan (DM or DXM)? DXM is very similar to codeine, so when it’s abused, it can cause dizziness, distortion of perception, and hallucinations.
Other cough syrups might contain alcohol and/or codeine. Most of those syrups are only available with a prescription but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t sitting in your cabinet where your family has access to it.
On top of that, the FDA dropped a bomb on parents in 2008 when they put a ban on OTC cough syrups (including decongestants, antihistamines, cough expectorants, and suppressants) for infants. This is after years and years of parents using these products on their babies.
The FDA made this change saying, “over-the-counter cough and cold medicines not be used to treat infants and children less than two years of age because serious and potentially life-threatening side effects can occur.” This occurred after a group of pediatric experts petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to make a change. (Since this announcement, new/safer products have come out that are family-friendly).
Many parents would purchase adult cough syrup and just lessen the dosage and give it to their child. This physician and parent survey showed how varied the responses were after the FDA made this announcement: with some parents agreeing with the announcement but a lot ignoring as well.
So, how do you help your family during sick season?
The Best Solution For Cough Relief
Want to know something crazy? Most of the time with a cough, you need to let it run its course. And part of that might include finding a Cough Syrup that can help soothe the throat and help the cough do its job.
Of course, when that cough comes with other symptoms, that changes things.
If you have any concerns at all, contact your doctor, and ask them about your Cough Syrup.
Here are a few other cough-relief tips:
- Drink warm fluids (stay hydrated)
- Use a humidifier
- Breathe in warm water vapors (bathtime)
- Try icy treats
- Saline and suction
- A teaspoon of honey (for kids over the age of 1)
- Get lots and lots of sleep
And, don’t forget to find a family-friendly Cough Syrup.
Finding A Safe and Effective Cough Syrup
Our Cough Syrup is a drug-free formula that is safe for the entire family, the only difference is the dosage amount. It soothes coughs, helps with irritated throats, promotes immune system support, and provides mucus relief.*
And, as always, it’s made with natural ingredients.
Prep for Cough Season now before it gets real real and stock up on a Clean and Safe Cough Syrup!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.