6 Natural Home Remedies for Dry Cough Relief in Children

Home Remedies for Dry cough Relief

How to relieve dry cough in children?

We all know how often little ones are attacked by cold and cough. There are many reasons for increase in cases of dry cough, one of the biggest being high levels of pollution and allergens in the atmosphere.


Home Remedies for Dry Cough

What is Dry Cough?

Dry cough is different from chesty cough in that it is no-productive. Dry cough is the kind of cough which does not produce any mucus or phlegm with it. Most often dry cough is caused due to irritation at the back of the throat. It is persistent and is associated with a tickly throat.


What causes Dry Cough?

  • Dry cough is often caused infection by cold and flu viruses in the atmosphere. It can also be caused by pollutants in the atmosphere which cause irritation in throat. Allergens like cigarette smoke, vehicular smoke and pollens can also trigger dry cough.
  • Dry cough may also be caused due to side-effects of medicines taken during an illness.
  • Dry cough can be consistent and using over-the-counter cough suppressants frequently is not often good.
  • There are plenty of things available within our kitchen which can be used to create cough suppressants and soothe itchy throats.


4 Best, Effective Home Remedies for a Dry Cough Relief

Here we have collated some very effective remedies for dry cough and itchy throat. We have received many of these from our readers and we thank them all for contributing these.

Home remedies for dry cough


1) Homemade Cough drops for Dry Cough Relief

This is a tried and tested remedy for dry cough that I always make for my daughter. It is also very good for their immunity during winter time.

We have also shared this detailed recipe on our Youtube channel. Do watch the video below.



2 tsp grated jaggery

1 tsp turmeric powder

1/4 tsp pepper powder

1/2 tsp ghee (cow’s ghee preferred)


Mix every thing in a bowl and knead together.

If the mixture appears a little dry, add a few more drops of ghee.

Make small balls out of this mixture.

Give 1-2 of these balls before sleeping for relief from dry cough.



2) Homemade Cough Syrup using Honey and Lemon for Dry Cough Relief

This is a simple home remedy which gives quick relief from a tickly, irritated throat and also relieves dry cough. I frequently use this remedy for my family whenever we have dry cough.


1/4 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 tbsp honey


Mix lemon juice and honey and give this syrup to child 3-4 times a day.


P.S. You can also add honey and lemon to a glass of warm water and give it to child every day for better immunity.


3) Homemade Cough Syrup using Ginger and Lemon for Dry Cough Relief

This home remedy for dry cough is also quite common and well tested. This works for children who are a little older as ginger is a little strong. This remedy works for adults too.


2-3 drops freshly squeezed ginger juice

1 tsp honey


To get ginger juice, grate or crush a piece of ginger.

Now squeeze out the juice.

Mix 2-3 drops of this juice with honey and give 2-3 times a day.


4) Homemade Cough drops with Jaggery, Ajwain and Turmeric for Dry Cough Relief

Jaggery, carrom seeds or ajwain as well as turmeric provide warmth to body and soothe throat, thus providing relief from dry cough.


1 tbsp jaggery

1/2 tsp ajwain seeds

1/2 tsp turmeric powder


Heat jaggery in a pan

Add turmeric and ajwain seeds and mix everything till jaggery melts.

Make small balls of this mixture and give 1-2 of these to child 2-3 times a day.


5) Gargle with Salt Water for Dry Cough Relief

This is a very common remedy and it treats sore throat like nothing else. It moisturises your throat through osmosis and thus provides relief from dry cough. It also removes irritants and thin down the mucus.

  • Take 1 cup (around 250 ml) of warm water. Water should not be too hot.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of salt in this water and stir well
  • Use this solution to gargle for about 30 seconds and then spit it out.
  • Repeat till you finish the water and rinse your mouth with normal water.
  • You can gargle in this manner 2-3 times a day till you have complete relief.



6) Turmeric Milk or Haldi wala doodh for Dry Cough Relief

Turmeric is a wonder spice which has a chemical compound called curcumin. It has antimicrobial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which help in getting rid of coughing caused due to viral infection or allergies.

Haldi wala doodh is an age-old remedy which provides relief from cough and cold as well as other minor ailments. It is also helpful in improving immunity. It is now acknowledged world-wide in the form golden milk.


1 cup milk -250 ml

1/2 tsp turmeric powder – You can also use fresh turmeric, which has been crushed or grated if it is available

1/2 tsp crushed black pepper


Heat milk in a pan and bring it to a boil.

Add turmeric powder to this and mix well.

Add crushed black pepper and stir for a minute on simmer.

Pour it in a glass and give when warm.

P.S. If your child does not like as is you may also strain it and add a little sugar.


Hope these home remedies for dry cough help your child and your whole family! We would love you to share your own remedies too, so it can help everyone!
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7 Replies to “6 Natural Home Remedies for Dry Cough Relief in Children”

  1. Susila Raman says:

    I have dry cough for almost one week, base one my experience the garlic, ginger and black pepper is effective for me, just boil them together and drink with lemon is best for me, just remove all residues after boiled

    1. Priya Sachan says:

      Very good remedy, Susila. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Ketki Rana says:

    Do you have an actual book published?

    1. Priya Sachan says:

      No Ketki, we do not have these in a book.

  3. Ambica says:

    Boiling Paan leaves and water is also a good remedy…Works good on my kids


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