Childhood coughs cause significant distress for both parents and children, as they interfere with everyone’s sleep and daily activities. In 2009, the FDA recommended that cough syrups not be given to children under 4 years of age – so what is a parent to do? Drs. Schmitt and Thomson explain that it is important to reassure parents that a productive cough is valuable and should not be suppressed. Dry coughs can be controlled with honey or corn syrup for children between 1 and 6 years, and cough drops may be used after that. For infants, warm clear fluids are best. It is also important to put to rest parental fears about the very low risk of infantile botulism from honey, and there is no risk from corn syrup at all.