As we approach the end of winter, the spring allergy and cold season also approaches. If you have kids who tend to get spring colds, then this article is for you. Recent studies suggest that honey is a much more affective cough treatment than cough medicines are for kids. Surprised? Your grandmother wouldn’t be, and here’s why.
Cold Medicines, Pills and Syrups
Cough syrups theoretically worked by suppressing signals to and from the brain that trigger coughing. This suppression is accomplished by administering a variety of compounds including codeine and dextromethorphan, more commonly referred to as DM. However, while these two ingredients are used in most of the cough syrups on the market today, including ones for children, up until 2004, there was really no scientific evidence that showed that these compounds were effective in children.
In 2004 a study was conducted that examined the effectiveness of cough syrup to squelch coughing in children. The results were surprising. There didn’t seem to be any effect generated by these medications on kids under six years of age. In response to these findings the FDA re-evaluated cough medications and issued a ruling that kids under six shouldn’t be given cough syrups and they also suggested that cough syrup companies stop marketing cough medications as a child friendly remedy.
Dangers of Cough Syrup,
In addition to being ineffective at controlling coughing in children under six, cough syrups also have several side effects that can be harmful to kids. Cough syrups can cause drowsiness, hallucinations, hyperactivity, headaches, rapid heart rates, vomiting and in cases of overdosing, they can also cause death. Now that you know what not to give your kids, we can move on to what will work.
Pass the Honey, Please
Honey has been a folk remedy since ancient times. This is because honey has a unique chemical make up that provides real healing properties. First of all honey is a natural antiseptic, and this coupled with its thick consistency, allows the honey to sooth and coat that throat and to neutralize harmful bacteria that could be infected the throat. These properties alone make honey a better option for treating children’s coughing, but honey has more to offer. Dark honeys, like buckwheat honey, have a high concentration of antioxidants which help the body to prevent and repair cell damage. As you can see, honey not only will help make your child feel better, but it will also help them to recover faster by preventing cell damage from coughing fits.