There are many new-fangled cough syrup's available for parents to give their kids that taste good. Products like Jack and Jill's Raspberry, Mucinex Cherry, Triaminic Thin Strips (not technically even a syrup), Triaminic Liquid Bubble Gum, and then there is Fruit Punch Flavor, customizable flavors, and who knows what else.
I have two beliefs when it comes to getting rid of colds and nagging coughs.
1. Sweat it out.
Get out there and push the illness out of you with a jog, or push-ups, or maybe some bikram yoga. You have to make the sickness want to leave your body through the sheer suffering that you are willing to put yourself under. Sickness wants an easy road, an unaltered path to your couch-potato side, and it is your duty to make that side of you die, and thus force sickness out.
2. Drink Robitussin.
No, not the new fangled flavors that taste good going down, but the original. This almost completely negates belief number 1 due to the FACT that Robitussin tastes just like liquid death. If one could bottle death it would taste like Robitussin! When you swallow it, you lose a small portion of your life expectancy and therefor make sickness unwelcome in your body. You could try running after this, but you would end up in a white Ford Bronco driving down the interstate with Al Cowlings. Robitussin does unbelievable things to your mind and body making it impossible for sickness to appeal to your common sense (soft side) and tell you that things will rationally get better over time if you just lie down, and pasing out doesn't count here.
I think my point is we need to stop babying ourselves during these periods of physical lamentations and just get right to the point. Sickness sucks, the remedies are worse, and you should dry your hair before you go to bed that way you won't get a cold in the first place. Nothing helps a child learn that life is hard like a good dose of liquid death.
Now that I try to think about it, i wasn't even going to post an article tonight until that swig of 'TUSSIN".