Thursday, February 21, 2008

Honey Recommended for Childrens’ Cough

A Spoonful of Honey May be All the Medicine Required
Donna Gray, Calgary Herald (Canada), 2/21/2008

It's the height of the season for the common cold. Parents of young children scramble to find a quick fix to take away the aches, sniffles and lack of sleep for both their kids and themselves.

Late last year, drug companies pulled liquid cold medicines for babies and toddlers, citing overdosing dangers by parents. At the same time, the United States Food and Drug Administration suggested that parents refrain from using the liquids for kids under six, partly due to reported deaths and the overall ineffectiveness of the elixirs.

This created a practical and philosophical dilemma for parents who rely on the formulas…

Natural remedies, such as herbal formulas for children are not as popular at the retail drug store level, but according to Theordora Lo's, a naturopathic doctor with the Centre for Preventive Medicine in Northwest Calgary, parents have been keeping her busy prescribing alternatives for their kids' colds.

"There's been a lot of research on the benefits of honey," she says. "Just one teaspoon of pasteurized honey for children over one year, right at bedtime, provided the greatest relief from nighttime coughs. It's all helps them sleep better, reduces cough frequency and severity."…

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