Meticulous mom Lucy Torres-Gomez is extra careful in choosing the type of medication she gives to her daughter Juliana.
“Juliana is at that age wherein she is prone to common cough and cold, and I don’t want to give her just any over-the-counter chemical formulation that may prove to be harmful to her health in the long run. It’s always safer to choose natural medicines instead,” Lucy says.
Lucy, despite her busy schedule as TV host-actress and newly elected congresswoman of Ormoc, Leyte, is fully committed to being a hands-on mom to ten year-old Juliana. She always sees to it that she attends to her daughter’s most important needs, especially when it involves her health.
“No mother would like to see her child sick,” she says.
Lucy adds that this is why moms like her make sure that their children eat healthy and likewise live in a clean and safe environment.
“But the thing is we can’t always protect them from the unhealthy things that they are exposed to. So just as we are meticulous with the food we serve our children, we should also be very careful with the medicine we give them,” Lucy says.
For Lucy, nothing comes close to ASCOF Lagundi when it comes to treating Juliana for coughs because ASCOF is made from 100-percent Lagundi leaves.
Lagundi is one of the ten herbal medicines endorsed by the Department of Health. Doctors around the country have long used it to treat cough and asthma symptoms.
ASCOF Lagundi likewise comes from a trusted name in consumer healthcare, Pascual Laboratories. It is commercially available in syrup (Ponkan, Strawberry, Menthol and Menthol Sugar-free flavors), tablet and capsule formats.
“Having ASCOF in a readily-available syrup format for children is a good thing—especially for moms like me. It provides the needed relief, without giving us moms the worry of putting our children’s health at risk,” Lucy says.
Lucy’s concern over the danger that some chemical cough medications may cause children is, after all, warranted as they may contain a combination of chemicals that could possibly produce side effects, such as palpitations, intestinal bleeding, drowsiness and damaged liver.
A mixture of chemically-formulated decongestant, antihistamine, pain reliever, and cough suppressant in one cough medication, for example, may be potentially dangerous to kids.
Just as important is the dosage of cough medication administered to children. If this is not properly monitored, kids may suffer from drug overdose. In extreme cases, the wrong dosage may lead to respiratory distress and even death.
“I always check the label of the medicines that we take. With ASCOF Lagundi syrup, it has no side effects. That is why its safe. Spending a few minutes of your time researching or asking your doctor about the right medication you give your kids helps a lot,” Lucy advices.
She concludes, “The reason why you give your kids medication in the first place is to make sure that they go back to being healthy, and not to expose them to more health risks.”