Cough is a normal body mechanism to clear secretions. The only time we recommend cough suppression is at bedtime. You can use over-the-counter Robitussin DM or Delsym for children over the age of 2 years. Dosing for Delsym (12 hour relief) is 1/4 teaspoon for children near 20 pounds and 1/2 teaspoon for children 20-30 pounds. Older/larger children please refer to the package for correct dosing. See the cold section for daytime relief. If the cough is barky, see the croup section for instructions. If the child is in any respiratory distress, the child needs to be seen in the office or emergency room.
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