Tuesdays are Your Turn – Cough Drops and Syrup

When I found out my now 11 year-old daughter has asthma, she was two. And right after dropping that bomb of a diagnosis, her doctor gave me the advice that’s probably familiar to most of you:

- No cough suppressants
- No vapor rub
- No cough drops

Because if your kid practically hacks up a lung with every asthma attack like mine does, you don’t want to hide that main flare symptom, the sign that her breathing’s getting worse. Plus, some of the ingredients in vapor rub and menthol cough drops can trigger people, so you have to be careful when asthma kids are young. Especially if – and again, like me – your second reaction after “She has asthma? ASTHMA? Asthma” is “What are these triggers you speak of, and how do I figure them out?”

But we got smarter and she got older. Cough drops and, on very rare and extreme occasions, cough medicine came back into AG’s life under these conditions. Vapor rub makes her cough more, though, so it’s stuck firmly in the trigger column.

Age makes a huge difference with asthma treatment. My kid can use cough drops safely (assuming she doesn’t use them in lieu of her quick-relief inhaler at school) to give her throat some relief because she’s not a toddler who needs me to listen for her symptoms 24/7.

Which is not to say I don’t pay attention anymore, just that her age now makes listening less crucial.

Do you use cough drops and/or cough medicine? What type? In what scenarios?

Lots of first-time readers come to Asthma Mom through questions like this, so let’s help ‘em out in the comments.