Conventional cough syrups aren't approved for children under 6. With 3 under age 6, this just doesn't work for us. We prefer to use natural products anyway and rely on the teas my mom makes at her wellness clinic to help relieve the boys' suffering whenever they come down with some nasty bug.
Recently, I was introduced to Maty's line of health products. These all natural products are a safe alternative to toxic ingredients found in many OTC cold meds. Their line currently contains Baby Chest Rub, Kids Cough Syrup, Cough Syrup, Vapor Rub, and Breathe Better Nasal Ointment. We were asked to review the Kids Cough Syrup & adult Cough Syrup.
Of course, once we got them no one got sick for several weeks. Because the ingredients are all natural with no side effects, I did do a tiny taste test to see if I would even be able to get them to use it. 3 of the 4 were perfectly fine with it. My 5-year-old is on a GROSS kick though. Everything is gross to him lately, except chocolate it seems. When my mother called & said she was coming done with a cold, I TRIED to not sound excited but I really wanted to know how well this worked! Of course, I didn't want her to be sick but since she was, I was willing to take advantage & turn her into my test dummy.
After learning about the ingredients in Vick's Vapor Rub, I threw out the ones we had on hand. Vick's “works” by tricking the brain into thinking airflow is increased with the cool sensation caused by the menthol. Placing Vicks under the nose (doesn't everyone do that?) can actually cause severe respiratory distress in some children as it increased mucus production, the last thing you want when dealing with inflamed airways! Maty's baby chest rub is menthol & petroleum free, relying on herbs such as Dill, Eucalyptus, and Lavender to help your little one breathe better & feel comforted. I'm looking forward to trying the adult version for my husband & myself. He seems to catch at least a couple colds every winter and is a bigger baby than our boys when it comes to being sick (Sorry honey, but its true!) so I like to keep him stocked with products that work well for him, especially since he's normally at work & unable to grab things without spending a fortune.
Because we have been so blessed, with every purchase you make, a donation is made to Vitamin Angels, a vital organization committed to reducing child mortality by distributing crucial dietary to underprivileged children around the world. At Maty's we believe “you don't pay love back; you pay it forward,” and we hold that tenet central to our mission.
I was provided with 2 bottles of Maty's Cough Syrup free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own. I apologize for the stock photos. My computer decided to go on strike & I have yet to figure out how to retrieve anything from it 🙁