Οne of the most common condition, especially among children, during winter is cough. Often it lasts a few days, however, seems to be particularly alarming when it is persistent or is accompanied by bronchial secretions and sputum.

Cough

   It is a natural reaction of body in an attempt to keep the airways open and ensure good breath. It is a symptom of various diseases such as:

  • Asthma
  • Rhinitis
  • Cold – Flu
  • Pneumonia
  • Pertussis
  • Bronchitis
  • Allergy
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease

Τypes of cough

There are two main types of cough:

   Productive cough is accompanied by mucus and phlegm production. Usually it is a symptom of virus infection, at the presence of a microbes. The mucous secretions are an effort of the body to eliminate the irritants from the airways and lungs

   Dry cough is characterized by mucus production and irritates the throat and upper respiratory. Usually is a result of allergy or chronic conditions such as laryngitis and pharyngitis.

What is the proper treatment of cough?

   In the market there is a big variety of cough syrups, depending on the type of cough. However, it would be advisable to treat cough, especially if it has to do with children, with natural herbal syrups. A cough syrup, should ideally have the following properties

  • Mucolytic action
  • Antiseptic
  • Expectorant action
  • Antitussive action

Sundew

   Herb which is extensively used in cough syrups. It is rich in antioxidant compounds and certain acids, while it is quite safe for children. Sundrew has muscle relaxant properties thus helping excretion of mucous secretions and soothes throat and upper respiratory system.

   Ideally it is combined with other herbs which also have antitussive and anticonvulsant properties, such as grindelia. Typically used in conditions such as bronchitis, pertussis cough and even in asthma.

Ivy

   Traditionally it is used to treat cough and runny nose secretions. It helps treat bronchitis facilitating the fluidity of bronchial secretions. It is rich in saponins, sterols, tannins and flavones. Ivy can be used for bronchospasm and productive cough treatment.

Grindelia

   Grindelia is a plant which belongs to the sunflower family with yellow little flowers. It facilitates fluidity of bronchial secretions, while also helps treat bronchial asthma and has soothing and balsamic effects to throat mucosa. Additionally, grindelia desensitizes bronchial nerves, thus helps breathing.

N – Acetylsysteine (NAC)

   It is a derivative of cysteine, a very important amino acid that takes part in many biochemical procedures. NAC is precursor of glutathione, the main antioxidant mechanism of human body. It acts as antioxidant compound in lungs, enhancing the protection and defense of lung cells against in oxidative stress. It has mucolytic properties and is used to reduce viscosity while also to increase the volume of mucus.

Honey

   Rich in nutrients, honey has the ability to soothe mucosa, providing relief from sore throat that may result from coughing. In this way, indirectly facilitates breathing.

   So if your child has cough and especially productive, you can choose from Vita4you a herbal syrup with lovely cherry flavor, the Expettoral bambini.   Suitable for children older than 3 years.