Cough & Common Cold

imagesThe common cold & cough.

As a mum of 2 young children, it is a all to familiar sound.  The sound of the common cold & cough.  The sniffing, the barking, the general sound of misery is a difficult time for all the family.  It’s uncomfortable for the child and upsetting for the parents as they often feel that there is little that you can do.

In Australia, the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) an organization responsible for regulating the supply, import, export, manufacturing and advertising of therapeutic goods recently conducted a review of cough & cold medicines for children under 12.

As a result of this review, the TGA found that there are potential risks associated with these products for children and only limited benefits. On this basis of this review a number of guidelines were established including:

  • Children aged 6-11 should only be given medicines to treat cough and cold symptoms on the advice of a doctor, pharmacist or nurse practitioner.

  • Particular efforts should be made to inform consumers and health professionals that children under 6 should not be given cough and cold medicines.

Then what are we to do!

Thankfully Chinese Medicine Offers a number of effective measures that can be implemented to treat the common cold & cough that are also free of side effects!  This includes diet therapy as well as effective massage known as paediatric tuina.

An effective soup is for dry & moist cough is Pear & Almond.

Pear, helps relieve fever, remove the toxins, moisten the lungs and treat bad coughs. If cooked with water almonds, sugarcane and honey, it helps treat bronchitis.

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If your child’s cough goes on for more than 5 or 6 days & is accompanied by a high fever, if the childs nostrils flare outward to the side when they breathe in, if they look blue in the face, or if they are wheezing and breathing with difficulty, you should immediately seek professional care. In addition, you should see a professional practitioner if a series of coughs are ended by a whooping sound or if cough is accompanied by a red, spotty rash.