Contains guaifenesin, which thins mucus, making a cough more productive. The
menthol is cooling and soothing. Not suitable for under-12s.
Verdict: Good for thick, wet coughs. Will briefly help with a cough, but won’t make it go away quicker.
Claims to help an irritating dry cough. Contains pholcodine, a cough suppressant.
suitable for children aged six to ten.
Verdict: Pholcodine works on receptors in the brain that trigger the cough reflex. However, the Government’s drug watchdog says it should not be used for
under-sixes as the improvement in symptoms is outweighed by potential side-effects including allergic reactions, sleep disturbances and hallucinations.