ivy improves cough in children

Over-the-counter cough and cold medicines offer no benefit, but considerable risk, for children under 6, and their use is not recommended. So, a safe, natural treatment would be a huge discovery.

Ivy has a long traditional use as a herb for coughs. And it’s pretty tough. For bronchitis, it is as effective as the drug ambroxyl (Zeits Allergereinmed 1993). A combination of ivy and thyme works better and faster than placebo at reducing coughing fits in people with bronchitis (Arzneimittelforschung 2006;56(9):652-60).

So, ivy can beat tough coughs. But can it be the answer for children?

5,162 children with productive cough were given a cough syrup made from ivy leaf dry extract twice a day. The ivy syrup significantly decreased coughing. 68.2% of the children’s guardians were “very satisfied” with the herbal cough syrup: that’s a high level of satisfaction.

So, herbal cough syrup made of ivy may be the safe, effective treatment for coughs in children that science has been looking for.

Wiad Lek 2020;73(4):668-673

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