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Best OTC Choices in Children's Topical Cough Suppressants, Ointments

Ointment rubs for children purported to relieve the discomfort of a cold and suppress coughing may have man-made or natural ingredients. Here are Money’s picks for the best topical cough suppressant ointments for children, along with information on their active ingredients and general notes about their efficacy and dosage.

The selections were chosen by, using a methodology that combines expert assessment with analysis of online reviews, ratings and other customer data.

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Active Ingredients
Important Points
Herbion Naturals Chest Rub Olive oil Eucalyptus oil Clove oil Wintergreen oil Beeswax
  • Safe in children 2 years and older
  • Menthol-free
  • Petroleum-free
Maty's All Natural Baby Chest Rub Lavender essential oil Chamomile essential oil Eucalyptus essential oil
  • Safe in children 3 months and older
  • Can be used as often as needed
  • Menthol-free
Nature's Baby Organics Ah-Choo! Chest/Cold/Vapor Rub Sunflower seed oil Cera alba Coconut oil Olive oil Eucalyptus oil Lavender oil Tea tree oil
  • Menthol-free
  • Safe in children 6 months and older
  • Hypoallergenic
Vicks VapoRub Children's Topical Cough Suppressant Camphor Eucalyptus oil Menthol
  • Safe in children 2 years and older
  • Can be used up to 3 times a day
  • Relieves cough
  • Available as an ointment
Zarbee's Naturals Baby Chest Rub Eucalyptus Beeswax Lavender
  • Safe in childen 2 months and older
  • Can be used up to 3 times a day
  • Menthol-free
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