So then first up which is what i know a lot of people are interested in are home remedies and things you can do at home that don’t involve prescription or medication and the one caveat for this is that the home remedies aren’t usually specifically for chronic cough, they’re often for colds or viral illnesses, the acute cough but i’m mentioning them here because as long as they don’t cause harm they can be used often as what we say an adjunct or in addition to a treatment for the chronic cough and if the cough doesn’t improve or it’s getting worse with things you’re trying at home please seek medical attention right away and so first up is nasal saline rinse and this acts as a decongestant and can help with cough that’s caused from post nasal drip and in younger kids they’ll need the saline drops and some bulb suctioning and older kids will be able to blow their nose and these saline rinses can be done as often as you think your child needs them throughout the day, just be careful to avoid irritating the nose with the suctioning. Next is honey, so honey’s actually been studied and it’s been shown that it can decrease the coughing for children at night and also help children get better sleep and as well as the parents can sleep better too and the actual mechanism of this isn’t known of why it works, there’s a lot of theories, it’s thought that it can coat or smooth the throat, it’s also thought to have antibacterial properties, antioxidant or anti-inflammation properties as well, it’s also thought that it can make more saliva and this can trigger nerve sense, nerve receptors by the tongue that can decrease activation of cough but nobody really knows but it has been shown to have some effect and the other big but about honey is that it is not recommended, do not give it to children who are under a year old and this is because these younger children are at risk for a toxin that can be found in honey that can cause infant botulism and this is a life-threatening condition so children under one do not get honey but if they’re old enough then you can give toddlers and younger kids about half a teaspoon at night and older kids can get one to two teaspoons and next is always as very common, you’ll hear this is to drink liquids and stay hydrated and this is because you know when you’re hydrated, also the mucous layer in your body and your airway is hydrated too so the mucus is more thin and less sticky and can move out of your airway better when you cough, we actually want the mucus to move out of your airway and also involving fluids are to drink warm flavorful liquids and we have to say and this is thought to loosen secretions but your elders were right that that chicken soup or the tea with lemon can have an effect on cough and help it in theory and yeah it’s thought to loosen secretions and also may stimulate some receptors near the tongue that can decrease cough activation and then also some therapies that are commonly recommended but have not been studied as much as the others that i mentioned are the cool mist humidification and so this can put mist into the air and humidify the airway and hydrate and the only issue or risk with this is for people who have allergies because the equipment is at risk for growing mold or fungus so the thing to remember is to clean the equipment regularly and keep it in a well ventilated area and if the cough is worsening or symptoms are worsening or it’s not working then stop the therapy and the other one is cough drops, this is for older children and can be called throat lozenges, they’re also called and these are thought to be able to soothe and coat the airway and also for people with habit cough it can help distract them from coughing and again the risk with this one is that it can be a choking hazard so just be careful that when children are using the throat lozenges, they are upright and they’re not laughing or things like that so we always want to think of risks and benefits of all the treatments that we give people. Some people also wonder about the vapor rub, aromatic vapor rub on the chest that’s not indicated for chronic cough but people do try to use that for the acute short-term cough and nasal congestion that has been shown to relieve the sensation of nose congestion in people but because there are risks of rash and if people use it incorrectly it can actually worsen breathing symptoms so it’s and it’s not recommended in chronic cough.

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