Oriental Botanicals – Kids’ Cough Fighter 200ml


Oriental Botanicals Kids’ Cough Fighter is specially formulated for children aged 2 years and older.

  • Contains ivy leaf, which decreases coughing in children. In Western herbal medicine, it’s traditionally regarded as having expectorant, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory actions on the respiratory tract
  • Also includes elecampane and thyme, which are traditionally used to clear children’s bronchial mucous congestion in Western herbal medicine
  • Plus Chinese licorice, traditionally used to soothe children’s coughs in Chinese medicine
  • Suitable for children aged 2 years and above
  • Delicious tasting formula with no added sugar – contains naturally derived blackcurrant flavour plus Chinese licorice for additional sweetness
  • Mixes easily in water or juice, so it’s easy to give to your child
  • Vegan formula, with no added dairy products, gluten or nuts
  • Made in Australia

How it works

Many children experience coughing and respiratory congestion from bronchial mucus from time to time. For example, coughing associated with a child’s common cold can persist for two weeks or even longer1.

A child coughs when their body is trying to clear unwanted matter like mucus (also known as phlegm or sputum) from their airways. This type of cough is sometimes described as being ‘wet’ or ‘productive’, and can result in mucus being coughed up.

In some instances, coughing may also be a response to inflammation or irritation of the mucous membranes in the respiratory tract. These types of coughs usually don’t involve the clearing of mucus, so are often called ‘dry’ or ‘unproductive’ coughs. They may be associated with bursts of coughing that occur in spasms.

Ivy leaf relieves kids’ coughs

Ivy leaf soothes children’s coughs. Based on its traditional use in Western herbal medicine, it has expectorant properties to clear mucus from children’s respiratory tracts.

Since it’s also traditionally regarded as having anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic effects on the respiratory tract in Western herbal medicine, ivy leaf is suitable to use for a wide variety of children’s coughs.

Elecampane and thyme: traditional expectorant herbs

Elecampane is traditionally used to decrease children’s coughs in Western herbal medicine.

Along with thyme, it’s traditionally regarded as having expectorant properties, and is used to clear kids’ bronchial mucous congestion in Western herbal medicine.

Chinese licorice

Chinese licorice is included in Oriental Botanicals’ Kids’ Cough Fighter because it’s traditionally used to reduce children’s coughs in Chinese medicine.

This herb has a naturally sweet taste, which teams with the naturally derived blackcurrant flavour in Kids’ Cough Fighter to create a great-tasting cough mix that’s easy to administer to your child when mixed with water or juice.

When should your child see a health professional for their cough? 2-5

Most children’s coughs are mild and transient. However, if your child is experiencing a severe or persistent cough, investigation and treatment by a health professional is warranted.

See your doctor or health professional if your child has a cough that is:

  • Associated with breathing difficulties, a high fever, changes to the colour of their skin, or a barking or ‘whooping’ noise
  • Present for more than two weeks – especially when accompanied by other symptoms including shortness of breath and wheezing
  • Interfering with their ability to sleep or engage in their daily activities
  • Triggered by exposure to house dust, pets or pollen, or by the consumption of certain food or drinks


Lamas, A. et al. Archivos de Bronconeumología (English Edition), 2014;50(7):294-300.

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Jurca, M. et al. PLoS One, 2017;12(5):e0177485.

Mayo Clinic. Childhood asthma. Published 2019 and accessed January 2020 from

Each 2.5mL contains dry extracts:

Ivy (Hedera helix) leaf 6.4mg, dry equiv. 38.2mg
Elecampane (Inula helenium) root 19.9mg, dry equiv. 198.8mg
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) leaf and flowering top 18.9mg, dry equiv. 132.5mg
Chinese licorice (Glycyrrhiza uralensis) root 33.1mg, dry equiv. 132.5mg
Balloonflower (Platycodon grandiflorus) root 26.5mg, dry equiv. 132.5mg

Contains purified water, xanthan gum, glycerol, citric acid, potassium sorbate, Stevia rebaudiana, blackcurrant flavour (naturally derived), maltodextrin, potassium hydroxide and silicon dioxide

Recommended dosage:

Children 2-4 years: Take 2.5-5mL, two to three times daily, when medically advised.
Children 5-8 years: Take 5-7.5mL, two to three times daily.
Children 9-12 years: Take 7.5-10mL, two to three times daily.

Serving suggestion: Mix each dose in 50mL of water or juice and consume immediately. Best taken with food.

Shake well before use.


If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional. Not to be used in children under 5 years of age without medical advice. Contains potassium sorbate.

Store below 25°C. Do not use if the cap seal is broken. Keep out of reach of children.

If you have any pre-existing conditions, are on any medications, always talk to your health professional before use. Some products should be ceased at least two weeks before any elective surgery, please confirm with your health professional.

Always read the label.
Follow the directions for use.