There are many causes of a cough in children, including:

  • viral and bacterial infections
  • irritations, like cold air, smoke, pollution or an inhaled foreign body
  • allergies and asthma
  • other reasons, for example, a habit cough.

By far the most common cause of coughing is a viral respiratory tract infection, when the cough usually happens as part of a cold. Young children can have up to 6 to 12 respiratory tract infections per year, usually caused by viruses.1

A cough protects your child’s body by removing mucus, irritating substances and infections from his or her respiratory tract.

Children’s cough is often worse at night, when the child is lying in bed because the mucus can collect in the back of the throat.

If your child has a cough that lasts more than two weeks, schedule a visit with your healthcare professional.


It is important to look for cough liquids containing natural ingredients to treat children.

DURO-TUSS Children’s Cough Liquid contains two natural active ingredients to help soothe and relieve coughs and chest congestion whilst boosting the immune system.

  • Hedera Helix (Ivy Leaf Extract) – is an expectorant which thins and loosens mucus to help relieve chest congestion in children 6 months+
  • Lactoferrin-Bovine (derived from cow’s milk) – is a natural immunity booster which helps reduce the severity and duration of viral infections and therefore helps the body fight against colds and flu.
DURO-TUSS Children’s Cough Liquid:
  • Soothes and relieves coughs and chest congestion
  • Suitable for adults and children over 2 years
  • Non-drowsy
  • Available in two great tasting, sugar free flavours that kids will love:
    • Strawberry
    • Orange.
  • Maintain fluid intake
  • Ensure they get enough sleep
  • Steam vaporisers or inhalations increase the air’s humidity which may also help to loosen the mucus in the airways.
  • In children over one year, one to two teaspoons of honey taken 30 minutes prior to bedtime may be helpful.
  • Saline sprays can also clear nasal congestion
  • Monitor condition and if you are unsure about the symptoms, see a healthcare professional.

1. accessed 01/02/2017