Natural remedies for acute post-viral cough in children

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Vitalia Murgia
Giorgio Ciprandi
Martina Votto
Maria De Filippo
Maria Angela Tosca
Gian Luigi Marseglia


glycerol; herbal medicines; honey; natural compounds; post-viral acute cough


The post-viral acute cough is the most common symptom in childhood. Consequently, the use of cough relievers is frequent. Many products for treating cough contain natural compo-nents. An ancient tradition has always established herbal medicine and honey as effective and safe means to relieve cough. Nevertheless, very few studies adequately investigated the real effectiveness and safety of natural products in treating acute cough. There is some evidence, provided by pediatric randomized controlled trials, about honey, one multicomponent product (containing Plantagolanceolata, Grindelia robusta, Helichrysum italicum, and honey), and Pelargonium sidoides. Other group of substances, including glycerol and isolated natural compounds, can help manage cough but robust evidence still lacks in children. There is an urgent need to perform rigorous studies that confirm the natural products’ efficacy and safety for relieving post-viral acute cough.
Key points: Acute post-viral cough is prevalent in childhood and adolescence. There is a grow-ing interest concerning the use of natural remedies for post-viral cough. Many herbal medicines could be used satisfactorily for this issue.

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