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#1 of 11 Old 09-03-2008, 11:14 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I got a killer cough here.

Been taking Tylenol PM at night so I can sleep through the throat tickle, but it's still taking me 2 hours to fall asleep at night cuz I'm coughing so much.

Any remedies safe during pg to soothe a throat/cough? Desperate here.

No phlegm, just a dry cough
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Okay...all food-based. I would boil some water, say 32 oz., press/mince 3-4 cloves of garlic, add garlic to boiled water, steep 20-30 min. Once steeped, squeeze a lemon into the concoction, add honey to taste, mix well, strain, and drink as hot as possible.

You can also do a thyme, honey, lemon tea. 1 tsp. dry thyme in 8 oz. water, steep for 10-15 min, add lemon and honey, mix well, strain, drink. Thyme is an excellent remedy for a cough...it is also antimicrobal.

Hope you feel better!
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You can also try soothing your throat by gargling salt water or powdered myrhh dissolved in warm water...or try eating a spoonful of raw honey.
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From my ob's handout -

Robitussin DM for cough
Any throat lozenges for sore throat

I'd probably try russianthistle's suggestions first

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There's been some studies that show that honey is as effective as cough syrup in children. I'd imagine that the results would transfer to adults. It's very effective with me.

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There's been some studies that show that honey is as effective as cough syrup in children. I'd imagine that the results would transfer to adults. It's very effective with me.
I've read this too...also honey is antibacterial. It coats the throat and soothes the way cough syrup might, only w/o the crazy chemicals.

Nothing against your OB's sheet of recommendations, but I would not trust Robitussin DM. I downed a bottle of it once in high school, and WOW. Needless to say, I'll never do anything like that again.
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1 blob of butter, a squeeze of lemon and a dash of vinegar. Warm (I put in microwave for a few secs til melted) then slurp away. Repeat through the day. At night I recommend a hot toddy, hot water with a dash of whiskey, drink as hot as you can . You'll feel better and it will help you to sleep.

Try and have some nice steamy showers to relieve tension in your chest and drink lots and lots to cleanse your system. Get as much rest as you can.

HTH's, take care.
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I like honey and I have raw honey in the house so I'll try that thank you so much!

Something horrible is going on with my throat. I can barely speak.
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If none of the home rememdies help you get any sleep, call your maternity care provider. There are prescriptions that are safe to take during pregnancy. I'm dealing w/ the same thing here
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Nothing against your OB's sheet of recommendations, but I would not trust Robitussin DM. I downed a bottle of it once in high school, and WOW. Needless to say, I'll never do anything like that again.
: I don't take cough syrup at all; can't stand the stuff and I don't find it effective. Usually do hot honey and lemon instead. It's just another option, from what I consider to be a fairly conservative practice.

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There's been some studies that show that honey is as effective as cough syrup in children. I'd imagine that the results would transfer to adults. It's very effective with me.
There was actually a large study showing that WATER is as effective as cough syrup in children-- that is to say, that cough syrup really isn't that effective.

Here's a link about the buckwheat honey study-- it doesn't seem to compare it to water, but says that it's more effective than cough syrups like Robitussin (and tastes a whole lot better, too!). I wonder if they'll come out with Honey with Codeine .
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