Expert Moms Get Expert Help About Cough And Allergies

Posted on Apr 3 2016 - 8:00am by Lanie

Summer is here and everybody is on full vacation mode! But whether you are going to the beach, headed to an exciting overseas trip or just staying home for some bonding time with family and friends, remember that the scorching heat isn’t the only thing you should worry about.

The rise in temperature brings with it a variety of diseases and exposes us and our kids to a lot of environmental triggers that can ruin our fun in the sun.


Summer break is always a great time to yank your kids away from their mobile phones, tablets and gaming consoles and let them loose for some physical activities and exercise. Playing outdoors is a great way to get them to be more active and serves as an opportunity for them to socialize with other children. Moms, however, should be cautious with their children’s playmates especially if one or several of them are coughing.

Cough and colds are quite common even during the summer because of erratic weather patterns that causes a shift in temperature.

Coughing is a natural reflex and is usually a sign that your child’s body is trying to rid itself of an irritant, such as mucus or a foreign object. The most common cause of cough in kids is an upper respiratory tract infection from one of more than 100 cold viruses1. Other common causes of cough include infection, asthma, allergies/sinusitis or pollution.

Although cough is quite common, having a kid with cough is something you should take seriously as it may easily be passed on to other children with weakened immune systems. Cough caused by viral infections may result in fever, headache, and pains.

Transmission may happen when an individual makes direct contact with an infected individual, or even infected surfaces such as doorknobs, computer keyboards, and gadgets and then touching their nose and mouth.

There are generally two kinds of cough; dry cough and productive cough (cough with phlegm)2.

For productive cough, pediatricians can recommend protussives such as Ambrolex® (Ambroxol), to enable the cough to get rid of excess mucus in the airways3.

Ambrolex Drops

Unfortunately, a lot of cough medicines have a bitter aftertaste, which children dislike and often spit out, making medicine time difficult for moms. Ambrolex®, however, has a sweet blackcurrant flavor that kids will love, making cough medicine time easier for moms, and allowing their children to get better, faster.

Should moms or their husbands also suffer from cough, Ambrolex® comes in thrice-a-day tablet and once-a-day capsule formats for adults that are both easy on the budget.


Another common problem of children during summer is allergies. To have allergies is to have the body’s immune system overreact to foreign substances or even a change in the environment.

When the body detects a foreign or potentially harmful substance, it produces antibodies and histamine, which are then released into the blood stream to fight it off. At that point, an inflammatory reaction happens. Some of the common symptoms of allergy are asthma-like symptom such as rapid, shallow breathing, wheezing, and cough. Other symptoms that can be observed are sneezing, itchiness, or development of rashes4.

Allergic reactions may also be triggered by allergens or substances that can be found in food such as peanuts, milk, eggs, seafood, etc. A lot of children also develop allergies to plants, pets, house dust mites, mold spores, or medications, especially antibiotics4.

Of course, allergies are not limited to children — moms and their husbands can develop allergies too. When allergy happens, use the antihistamine that is trusted for 20 years, Virlix® (Cetirizine). It contains Cetirizine, an antihistamine that helps you manage the symptoms of your family’s allergies.

Virlix Oral Solution

“Allergies don’t have to ruin your family’s summer fun. All you have to do is take note of what causes allergies among your family members and try to avoid them, so as to manage your allergy symptoms”, says Dr. Sheila Chua, GSK’s Medical Affairs Manager, and a practicing Dermatologist. “It also helps to always have a trusted allergy medication in your bag whenever you travel so you can easily address the symptoms of allergies when they occur.”


Led by celebrity-host and Expert Mom herself Rica Peralejo, the campaign seeks to educate mothers on how to correctly and promptly address cough and allergies for the entire family.

“As a mom, I want to make sure that summer would become a memorable time for the whole family. My husband and I always make sure we take care of ourselves first so we can take care of our son, Philip. Being in tip-top shape allows our whole family to have the best summer and enjoy our vacations. Of course our priority is to keep Philip healthy, so we always make sure we are prepared with the necessary medications whenever we travel just in case he gets sick.

I think being an Expert Mom is all about ensuring that the whole family is happy, healthy, and free from disease. I’m very happy to be part of the Expert Moms campaign because I think it’s exciting to meet other moms who are keen on keeping themselves healthy in order to take care of their families,” says Rica.

Bento Box Mom Kat Maderazo teaching GSKs Dr. Sheila Chua and Expert Mom Rica Bonifacio

Bento Box Mom Kat Maderazo teaching GSKs Dr. Sheila Chua and Expert Mom Rica Bonifacio

GSK VP Commercial Pharma Jonnahs Singian

GSK VP Commercial Pharma Jonnahs Singian

Bing Salandanan GSK Group Product Manager for Classic Brands

Bing Salandanan GSK Group Product Manager for Classic Brands

Anne Castillo Product Manager for Cough

Anne Castillo Product Manager for Cough

Bento Box filled with fruits and veggies

Bento Box filled with fruits and veggies

Creative Bento Box

Creative Bento Box

To know more and share tips on how to be an Expert Mom, visit:

Ambrolex Safety Information – Common Adverse Event: Dysgeusia* (e.g. Altered flavors), nausea, oral and pharyngeal hypoesthesia* (*adverse events have only been reported after syrup use).

Virlix Safety Information – Common Adverse Event: somnolence, fatigue, dizziness and headache.


  1. MF Cotton, et al. Management of upper respiratory tract infections in children. S Afr Fam Pract (2004). 2008 ; 50(2): 6–12
  2. WebMD. Why You Cough. 2015.
  3. Rubin, B. Mucolytics, Expectorants, and Mucokinetic Medications. Respiratory Care (2007). 57(7): 859-865.
  4. WebMD. What causes chronic allergies? 2015.

16 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Jane Timbol2016/04/20 at 8:57 am - Reply

    GSK products are really effective. Yan din ang nirereseta ng Pedia ng mga anak ko. We can’t just trust products na nakikita natin sa commercial. We need the right prescription especially for our kids.

  2. Kat | Petite Momma2016/04/20 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    When my baby got sick last year, that’s the same drops for cough that was recommended by her doctor. I think it’s very true that the taste is acceptable since I did not have a hard time giving meds to her. And now it’s summer, ako naman ang madaming allergies!

  3. Nilyn Matugas2016/04/20 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    my son easily gets cough, konting pawis lang, inuubo agad. In fact we’re worried that he might inherit his father’s asthma, but I really hope not. Which is why I always have cough meds and even have a nebulizer in case we need them, specially now that it’s summer!

  4. juvy ann2016/04/21 at 4:36 am - Reply

    I also use GSK products. They work very well for my boys.

  5. Mommy Pehpot2016/04/21 at 6:53 am - Reply

    kahit anong panahon talaga dapat lagi tayong handa for our kids 🙂

  6. Neri Ann2016/04/21 at 9:08 am - Reply

    So true that we parents should really take care of our health first so we can take care of our children. Also, we should be prepared always with the right kind of medicines just in case.

  7. Michelle2016/04/21 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    I remember when my son had mild pneumonia when he was around 3-4 months old only. I was blaming myself because I felt guilty that he got sick. It might be because of me. Meanwhile, his pedia prescribed us the same med – Ambroxol. Never did I experience having a hard time giving the medicine to him. I think he even liked the flavor.

  8. May Palacpac2016/04/21 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    I’ve heard of Virlix, I’m not sure if kay Rica rin, haha. But I heard it’s really an effective one. I try not to give my kids cough syrup, we invested in a nebulizer. Pahirapan pero mabilis ang effect for our kids. I’ll ask our Pedia re Virlix.

  9. Liz2016/04/21 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    I’ve heard of Ambrolex, I can’t remember though if this was the one prescribed to my son before. Though as much as possible, we try to avoid medicines as much as possible. It can’t be helped sometimes, though. Will keep this in mind for future reference. 🙂

  10. Berlin2016/04/21 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    Most of the medicines my pedia recommends are from GSK. Even the vaccines are usually from them. GSK creates a positive impression on me when it comes to effective and trusted medication.

  11. Denice2016/04/22 at 1:16 am - Reply

    Bunny was prescribed ambroxol before and it was super effective on her. I think most of the meds and even the creams for Bunny’s skin that is prescribed to her are mostly GSK.

  12. Louisa2016/04/22 at 2:41 am - Reply

    I’m just getting over a cough myself. It takes me twice the time to get better nowadays.

  13. Janice2016/04/22 at 2:46 am - Reply

    We haven’t tried these products yet. Thankfully, my kids haven’t had cough and colds lately but as of this moment, I do!

  14. Ma.Me.Mi.Mommy2016/04/22 at 2:48 am - Reply

    I hate coughs on children! They’re so kawawa when they have it. I’d have to take note of these and ask the pedia about it. She usually recommend nebulizing kasi.

  15. Ayi2016/04/27 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    Our former pedia used to prescribe this also for cough and allergies. I hate it when my kids are sick and see them having a hard time. Apparently, our new pedia prescribed something different so I have to ask first 🙂 Love the bento box btw 🙂

  16. Arlene2016/05/04 at 9:24 am - Reply

    That event seems so informational. The only few times my son gets sick is when he’s teething. It’s the worst times. I always wish I can steal and own the fever from him. Anyway, I love the Bento in your images. Which business or brand supplies that?

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