A cough is a common cold symptom. It’s the body’s way of getting rid of phlegm or mucus. For a child who has a cough, it can be quite nerve-racking and lung-racking. A phlegm-filled cough can become like a little black rain cloud inside a home, ruining sleep and sapping energy from a normally healthy and vibrant child.

Any parent who has dealt with a sick child knows that there are hundreds of over-the-counter and prescription cough medicines that boast the ability to ease a child’s cough.

However, according to medical experts, these medications can ease a cough but they can come with various side effects, some of which are merely annoying and some even dangerous. There are numerous cases where kids ended up in hospitals due to a bad reaction to cough medicines.

Some of the medicines in question are:

  • Dextromethorphan
  • Guaifenesin
  • Diphenhydramine
  • Chlorpheniramine
  • Brompheniramine
  • Phenylephrine
  • Pseudoephedrine

These medicines mentioned above should be used with extreme caution. The ingredients are powerful and overdose can have severe health consequences.

Alternative Treatments

However, there is an old alternative to treating a cough and that is by using honey.

Honey has been used for centuries all around the world to treat various diseases and conditions.

Parents who have suffered sleepless, worried nights over a child’s cough have testified to honey’s effectiveness in this kind of treatment.

You can create a honey wrap to ease chest congestion and a phlegmy cough in both children and adults in just three simple steps:

Ingredients needed:

  • Gauze bandage
  • Medical tape
  • 1 tbsp. raw honey
  • Flour
  • ½ tbsp. of vegetable oil or olive oil


  1. Cut out a square piece of gauze bandage
  2. Blend the honey with the flour, adding as much flour as needed to create a “patty” of honey-flour mixture
  3. Add the oil and blend it in well, then roll the “patty” in flour once more as a finishing touch.

Phlegm and Coughs


Stick the patty onto the gauze bandage and then place the bandage over the heart of the afflicted person. You can secure it firmly with some medical tape.

For children, the wrap should be carefully removed after about 3 hours. Adults can wear the wrap overnight and remove it in the morning.

As with any other use of remedies, consult your physician prior to consumption or usage.

Ingesting honey should be avoided for children who are under 1 year old.

For older children and adult, honey is still one of the safest remedies out there, and can be an effective, natural and economical choice for a worried parent with a coughing child.

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