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Can Honey Help My Child’s Cough?

February 13, 2014

The following is an archived post

 

It’s been a rough winter for much of the country thus far and a number of us have been plagued with bugs, whether a cold, cough, or perhaps even the flu.

 

Kids can be especially sniffly this time of year and many parents often seek home remedies for ailments.  Honey may be one such remedy.

 

Honey has been touted as being able to suppress coughs, fight infections, heal burns and even cure eye problems.

 

In terms of its application as a natural cough suppressant in children, recent research from the journal Pediatric Clinics of North America shows that the benefits of using honey are the same as using an over-the-counter medication with DM  (dextromethorphan), the cough suppressant found in cold medications.

 

Darker varieties of honey were correlated with effectiveness.  The suggested dose for children ages 1-6 is 1/2 teaspoon, given 30 minutes before bedtime.  For children ages 6-11, 1 teaspoon is recommended.

 

The bottom line? 

 

Honey is a cheaper alternative to expensive medications and can be just as successful in helping little ones feel better.

 

It is important to note that honey should never be given to infants younger than age 1 due to the risk of infant botulism.  Also, if children appear to have new or worsening symptoms, contact a pediatrician.

 

Contributor: Catherine Staffieri, Dietetic Intern

 

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