Excess mucus and the importance of hydration

When the excess mucus of a cold becomes problematic, hydration may need a helping hand to thin and loosen mucus3

Obstructive mucus can:

Disrupt sleep

for children and their parents

Lead to secondary infections

by encouraging bacterial colonization4

Create worry and distress for parents

Did you know?

Most children experience 6-8 common colds a year,5 leading to nearly 22 million school days lost annually in the US6

In fact, in a survey of 1002 mothers of prekindergarten children:

  • 43% say their children have difficulty focusing and completing tasks when they are ill
  • 41% say colds directly impact their children’s schoolwork

Download the full summary results
Mothers' and School Nurses' Survey Summary Handout

Proper hydration is important for a variety of reasons:

  • Enhances mucus fluidity so it can move more freely
  • Lubricates airways membranes
  • Clears toxins and regulates bodily functions
  • Prevents fluid loss, which can be exacerbated when children are sick

Parents may need extra help to keep mucus in motion.

The guaifenesin in Children’s MUCINEX® products can help

Guaifenesin works to help relieve chest congestion symptoms and make children more comfortable

The role of guaifenesin


Reduces mucus viscosity
Helps avoid blockages, which can harbor bacteria 


Helps loosen mucus in the air passages
Allows mucus to flow better so it’s easier to cough up