Advice on dealing with coughs and colds from Nelsons

If your toddler has a cough, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society recommends giving them a simple honey and lemon based cough syrup once they have reached the age of 12 months.

It is important to try and identify your child’s cough when it starts. If you child has any accompanied wheezing or breathing difficulties you should phone your doctor immediately.

Croup has a cough with a characteristic barking sound.

Whooping cough has a severe dry-sounding coughing spell lasting 20-30 seconds, followed by a whooping noise as the child draws breath.

The most common cause of a cough is a simple cold and the average baby will catch between eight and ten of them before they have reached their second birthday.

Maggie Evans, midwife and lecturer, has the following advice on dealing with with children over 12 months with their cold:

Give your child paracetamol and ibuprofen to help reduce temperature and relieve pain.

Try a simple honey and lemon based cough syrup to help soothe their cough.

Apply vapour rubs and inhalant decongestants to children’s clothing to relieve stuffy blocked noses.

Make sure the child is well hydrated and keep the air moist in their bedroom.

Put damp towels on the radiator or buy a humidifier from a chemist. This will make breathing easier and is excellent for coughs.

A warm, steamy bath can help tickly coughs.

Nelsons recommend their cough syrup Sootha as suitable for children aged 12 months and above because it is free from artificial colourings or flavourings and does not cause drowsiness.

Available from selected Boots stores.

If you are concerned about any symptoms your baby or child is experiencing you should consult your doctor.

If you are giving your child any medication purchased over the counter then consult the pharmacist and always read the label.