Honey – Natural Remedy For Kid’s Coughs

Does your child wake himself up repeatedly each night because of a bad cough? Upper respiratory infections can make sleeping very difficult for kids.

It turns out that Mother Nature’s sweetest treat may also help children enjoy more zzzz’s each night. Buckwheat honey has been found to be a more effective remedy for children’s coughs than dextromethorphan (DM), the ingredient in common over-the-counter cough medicine.

A study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine concluded that honey gave children more relief from upper respiratory symptoms than DM or no treatment.1

Thanks to bees we have a safe and effective cough remedy for children over one. Remember to never give infants honey because of the risk of infantile botulism.

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1Ian M. Paul, MD, MSc; Jessica Beiler, MPH; Amyee McMonagle, RN; Michele L. Shaffer, PhD; Laura Duda, MD; Cheston M. Berlin Jr. MD, “Effect of Honey, Dextromethorphan, and No Treatment on Nocturnal Cough and Sleep Quality for Coughing Children and Their Parents,” Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, December 2007, http://archpedi.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/161/12/1140?maxtoshow=&hits=10&RESULTFORMAT=&fulltext=honey+for+cough+suppressant&searchid=1&FIRSTINDEX=0&resourcetype=HWCIT, accessed on November 23, 2011

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