Children’s Cough, Cold & Flu

For the best children’s cough medicine, shop Amcal’s gentle and effective cold & flu medication by trusted brands. Get fast relief for kids of all ages with a wide range of cough syrups, nasal drops, baby chest rubs, infant drops and more.

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Ease Cough and Cold Symptoms with Our Trusted Children's Cough Medicine

It's never pleasant to watch our little ones suffering the effects of a nasty cough. Whether it's from the common cold or flu, allergies, or something else - Amcal stock a great range of reliable cold medicines to combat coughs as well other symptoms, including runny noses, sore throats, congestion, and fever in young children and babies.

Types of Different Coughs in Children

There are many different types of coughs that kids can develop. The most common cough types include:

  • Dry Cough - A dry cough is a non-productive cough that doesn't produce any phlegm. It can be associated with a cold, allergy or asthma, and usually causes an irritating tickle at the back of the throat.
  • Productive Cough - A productive or wet cough is a cough that produces mucus or phlegm. It typically occurs during a cold or the flu and can be accompanied by other symptoms, including nasal congestion, runny nose, and sore throat.
  • Barking Cough - Croup is a viral infection that affects babies 6 months to 3 years of age. It inflames the larynx and the trachea, causing a barking or whistling cough usually at night.
  • Wheezing Cough - A wheezy or gurgle cough in a baby may indicate RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) which is an infection of the airways. In older kids, it may be a sign of asthma.
  • Whooping Cough - This is a bacterial infection It results in a cough with a whooping sound on inhalation and must be treated properly by a doctor.

Signs of the Common Cold and flu in Kids

When battling the common cold or flu, all kids are different and may present with different symptoms. It's best to seek advice from a healthcare professional to determine the best cause of action. Here are the most common cold and flu symptoms kids are likely to experience:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat 
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Aches and pains
  • Tiredness
  • Loss of appetite

Best Cough Medicine for Kids

The best cough medicine for children will depend on how old they are and the type of cough they have. Cough relief comes in different forms, from cough syrup to chest rubs, drops, and inhalants. 

For a dry, tickly cough, you can try a cough suppressant, such as Duro-Tuss Children's Cough Liquid Night-Time to soothe irritated airways and help them get a good night's sleep. For older children, cough drops are a great way to relieve coughs.

For a chesty cough, expectorants help to thin mucus secretions and make it easier to cough up and clear the airways, such as our expectorants from Little Coughs and Prospan. You can also rub Vicks Baby Balsam into little chests to help with breathing and congestion with essential oils. Always speak to your Amcal pharmacist before purchasing cough medication, as many products are not suitable for children under 6 years.

Child Coughing at Night Remedies

Ease your child's cough at night and help them (and you!) get a good night's rest with a cool-mist humidifier. These machines safely add moisture to the air to help reduce coughing and congestion by soothing irritated airways from a cold or allergy. You can also try chest rubs and night-time cough syrup, such as our Duro-Tuss strawberry-flavored liquid for 3+ years of age.

Cough Medicine for Babies

We've got cough medicine that's made specifically for babies to reduce coughing or help with aches, pains, and fever. Dymadon for Babies is suitable for 1-month of age and has paracetamol in it to bring down high temperatures and relieve pain. For kid's coughs, Little Coughs can be used in 6-month-olds and up is an expectorant with ivy leaf extract that will thin and loosen phlegm to aid chest congestion.

Best Children's Cold and Flu Medicine

We've got the best cough, cold, and flu medicine for babies and children. Try our cough syrups by Duro-Tuss, Prospan, and Little Coughs, reduce pain and fever with Dymadon and Amcal Paracetamol and soothe airways with chest rubs by Vicks and Euky Bear. Cough drops can be taken by older kids and teens to reduce tickling associated with dry coughs.

To help with nasal congestion, a nasal decongestant for kids can temporarily be used to narrow the blood vessels in the nasal passages and reduce swelling to help them breathe better. You can also get saline sprays to loosen and clear mucus.

Always speak to your Amcal pharmacist before purchasing cold and flu medication, as many products are not suitable for children under 6 years.

Managing Your Child's Cold and Flu Symptoms

OTC cough medications are often the first choice when it comes to cough remedies. They're available in many different forms for different types of coughs, from expectorant liquids to loosen mucus to cough drops and suppressants to stop dry, tickly coughs. 

For fever and aches, ibuprofen and paracetamol for kids are widely available over the counter, including our Dymadon for babies and kids and Amcal Paracetamol infant drops and elixirs. For stuffy noses, nasal drops can help by narrowing the blood vessels in the nose and reduce swelling.

You can also try many home remedies to ease cold and flu symptoms, from taking a spoonful of honey to stop coughs to humidifiers, gargling with salt water and eating cold foods to soothe sore throats.

Safe Over the Counter Medicine for Kids and Babies

At Amcal, we stock the most trusted brands in over-the-counter children's cough medicine both online and in-store. The formulas are gentle and effective, specifically designed to suit babies and young children. However, it's always best to speak to a paediatrician or healthcare professional first to determine which medications are suitable for your child.

What to Do About Fever and Other Symptoms

Fever, along with aches and pains, are common symptoms that come along with the flu and common colds. You can help to reduce discomfort in little ones by giving them medication with paracetamol or ibuprofen in it. Try our Dymadon for Babies and Dymadon for Kids 2-12 with paracetamol or Nurofen suspension for 5–12-year-olds which contains ibuprofen to quickly lower high temperatures with a great orange or strawberry taste.

Making Sure You Administer the Correct Dose

Drug administration is crucial to making sure your child remains safe while using OTC medication. Always follow the dosing instructions and age guidelines on individual packets and speak to a healthcare professional if you're unsure of the correct dosage.

When to Seek Medical Help

If your child is experiencing side effects from any over-the-counter cough medicine or has worsening symptoms, seek professional medical care immediately. These can include difficulty breathing, high fever, blueish skin, persistent cough, constant vomiting, and decreased alertness.

Reducing the Spread of Infection

The best way to stop the spread of cold and flu is to practice good hygiene. Wipe down surfaces with disinfectant, wash hands thoroughly, encourage kids to sneeze and cough into elbows and keep them away from school and other children until they are no longer contagious.

Brands to Look Out For

Our children's health brands have been trusted by Australian families for generations. We only stock the best of the best at affordable prices, including Vicks, Duro-Tuss, Prospan, Benadryl, Nurofen, Robitussin, and Difflam.

FAQs About Children's Cough, Cold and Flu Medicine

What is the Best Children's Medicine for Cough and Cold?

Cough medicine for kids and babies come in different forms depending on their age, type of cough, and accompanying symptoms. Amcal stock a great range of safe, effective cough, cold, and flu medication for children, including:

  • Duro-Tuss cough syrup for night-time coughs
  • Nurofen for Children 5-12 years to reduce fever
  • Prospan Chesty Cough Expectorant to thin secretions and clear airways
  • Euky Bear Chest Rub to relieve aches and congestion

When Can Kids Have Cold and Flu Medication?

You should first speak to a doctor or healthcare professional to determine the cause of your child's symptoms and the appropriateness of medications. Once approved, explore our range of cough and cold syrups, nasal decongestants, drops, inhalants, and rubs for kids suitable from 1 month old and up, then follow the recommended dosage and timing listed on the packet. 

Which Medicine is Best for a cold in Children?

If your child has come down with a cold, they'll likely have a number of uncomfortable symptoms that can make it difficult for them to get through the day and night. Give them some relief with our range of cold and flu remedies, including Amcal pain relief, elixirs and suspensions, Euky Bear Chest Rub with eucalyptus, Duro-Tuss Children's Cold & Flu Liquid, and Little Coughs expectorants to clear respiratory congestion.

How do You Treat a Cold and Flu in Children? 

The type of treatment you use will depend on your child's individual symptoms. Consult with a healthcare professional first, then try these fast-working solutions:

  • Cough expectorants and suppressants to aid wet or dry coughs
  • Nasal drops for kids to clear stuffy noses
  • Nurofen or Paracetamol to reduce fever and aches and pains
  • Chest rubs to soothe coughs, blocked noses, and sore throats 
  • Humidifiers and vaporisers to help with breathing