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When one of my grand kids are sick, if all I had at home is Vita C (any kind), I would give it. And I would give it to bowel tolerance.
The only kind I would not give it is the chewable. Because it damages the enamel on the teeth. I would crush it and put it into O.J.
Also, don't give it all at once, spread it out over the day. But for sure give quite a bit of it to do some good.
Sodium ascorbate is the best thing you can give for whooping cough. It is actually the only thing that will work.
But generally a croup does not turn to whooping cough.
One is a moist cough (croup) and the other is a dry cough with spittle coming up at the end of the coughing episode.
In either case I would also give cod liver oil.
And as the previous poster said, Sambucol is very helpful.
OR make your own cough medicine: (it works much better than what is on the shelf in the pharmacy)
Cut up an onion, put it into a small pot with 1/2 cup water. Cover. Bring to a boil, let it boil slowly for about 2-3 minutes covered. Shut off. Let it cool for about 1/2 hour. Strain the onion out. Mix the liquid with 1 teaspoon honey.
Give 1 teaspoon after every cough.