Tuesday, February 19, 2008

An Apple A Day

So, many of you have heard that most of the children’s cough and cold medications are coming off the shelves as medical experts assert that these products (largely decongestants, expectorants and antitussives) show no proven effectiveness and run too great a risk for potential overdose or harmful side effects in our most vulnerable patients, children from birth to 2 years of age. This leaves more than a few parents wondering, what alternatives can we use to ease the pain of colds, coughs, and stuffy noses?

One answer: According to a recent study referenced in Parents magazine, a spoonful of honey may actually do more to ease a child’s nighttime cough better than anything you can buy over-the-counter.

No wonder Pooh bear always seems so healthy and happy.

An important note of caution: Children under 1 should never be given honey (it can cause botulism- yikes)

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