Don’t Let A Cough Or Cold Ruin Your Big Night!


The following post is
sponsored by Robitussin®

my junior year in high school, I was given the lead solo in our school’s
musical. It was the day of the big performance and I was nervously pacing back
and forth behind the sprawling red velvet curtain. It was the only thing
standing between me and the eager eyes of the 800 audience members who awaited
my debut. The curtain fluttered as I walked to my delegated spot: front and
center. Months and months of early morning practices all led to that moment,
when I would finally be able to show off my ability to sing. But all of a
sudden, I sneezed and my eyes began to water profusely.

butterflies in my stomach danced frantically as I looked out into the crowd and
opened my mouth to project that first note. However, not a single sound escaped
my vocal cords. The painful silence from the crowd dragged on for what seemed like

I squeaked
and coughed hoarsely, but my voice had fallen victim to the virus I’d been battling
for days. I sniffled as I walked off stage, coughing and congested. Through
tears, I admitted to myself that I would not be in the musical, let alone in
the opening act. The cold could not have come at a worse time.

It was
the worst end to one of my childhood dreams. And now that I’m a mom, I’ll do
everything in my power to keep my kids from getting sick and having to miss out
on a big school event or milestone of their own.

A cough is one of the most common symptoms of
cold and flu, affecting up to 50 percent of cold sufferers. Prolonged coughing
can cause unpleasant side effects, such as chest pain, difficulty sleeping and
interference with socializing and work.

other day, after my daughter came home from play rehearsal, she mentioned she thought
her performance was a little off because she was tossing and turning the night
before with a cough. I stopped everything, thinking back to my own opening
night and felt her forehead and asked how she was

Did you know each year, there are more than 1
billion cases of the common cold in the United States?

insisted, “I will not get sick, I have an immune system made of steel.” I informed
her that the pressure of school and extracurricular activities could easily
leave her run-down and susceptible to catching a cold. Then I made her wash her

Flu is caused by influenza viruses that infect
the throat, nose and lungs. Most experts think that flu viruses are primarily
spread through coughing, sneezing or talking, and people with flu can spread it
to others up to six feet away.

enough, the next day, she awoke with a cough and sore throat. And guess what? I
started to feel a little tickle in my throat too. I immediately grabbed the
bottle of Robitussin® Children’s Cough & Cold Long-Acting, as I didn’t want
any cold coming between her and HER big play.  

Robitussin® has effectively treated cough, cold
and flu symptoms for more than 50 years, and is doctor recommended and the #1
pharmacist recommended brand among cough, cold and flu liquid combination

opening night, I sat in the audience and watched her shine. Maybe I’m biased
because I’m her mom, but she was the star of the show! And best of all, no
coughs to be heard!

To help avoid the “COUGHequences” of cold and
flu this season, like missing a big school play, Robitussin® has a variety of
products tailored to effectively treat different symptom combinations. To help
your child get the relief he or she needs, Robitussin® has a long-acting liquid
cough syrup that relieves cough symptoms for up to eight hours.

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