We've descended into a round of colds here. I thought it wasn't too bad until Ben took up coughing at night. Isn't that the worst? The bright side is that we had a very low-key weekend with canceled plans, so I got some happy sewing done.
A long time ago (I forget how long), I came across the concept (I forget where) of soothing coughs with hot lemonade. A doctor friend said, furthermore, that whiskey is the best cough syrup because it relaxes the muscles in the throat.
So I mix a little honey, a little lemon juice, a little hot water, and a splash of whiskey and have my children sip that to soothe a cough in the middle of the night. I can't tell you measurements because I mix it when I am trying to maintain a kind of sleep-state in hopes that I can return to my warm bed soon. I can tell you that I mix it in an espresso cup, if that gives you some idea of measurement.
For night time coughing, I also turn on a humidifier. I used to have a cool-mist humidifier, but buying and maintaining the filters was expensive and bothersome.
For daytime coughs, I just give the children extra drinks of water or hot tea with honey.
One night as he was climbing into bed, Ben told me he would wake up for some cough syrup that night. Heaven forfend! So I told him that if he didn't get to have cough syrup in the middle of the night, he could have tea and honey with breakfast. Worked like a charm, thank goodness.