Honey – Cough Medicine

HONEY AND COUGHS

Honey Cough Medicine 300x200 Honey   Cough Medicine A simple folk remedy appears to trump over-the-counter cough medicine. In a 2007 study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine,
105 children ages 2 to 18 who suffered from upper-respiratory infections received no treatment, honey, or a honey-flavored over-the-counter cough suppressant. Parents rated their children’s cough symptoms and quality of
sleep. Those treated with honey did best. The study was supported by a grant from the National Honey Board, an industry-funded agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The researchers said that honey might soothe irritated membranes in the back of the throat, and has well- established antioxidant and antiviral effects.
That’s welcome news, because in January 2008 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said that over-the-counter cough medications posed unacceptable risks to children under age 2. And in 2005 the American College of Chest Physicians declared that OTC cough remedies were largely ineffective for people of any age.

The researchers in the Archives study gave one-half teaspoon of honey to children ages 2 to 5, 1 teaspoon to children 6 to 11, and 2 teaspoons to those ages 12 to 18. That higher amount is a reasonable dose for adults as well. You could try a smaller dose for children ages ito 2. But hc’ney shouldn’t be given to children under age 1 because it can cause infantile botulism, a rare but potentially life-threatening health problem.

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