It’s cold season once again and many parents are looking for ways to help a child get through the misery of a cold. The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend over-the-counter (OTC) cold and cough medicines for children younger than six due to potentially life-threatening side effects.
So what’s a worried parent to do for that pesky cough? The answer is: honey! Many parents have found that a couple of teaspoons of honey works just as well as cough medicine. In fact, research studies have shown that children with a cold who received honey coughed less, had a less severe cough, and were more likely to sleep better than children who weren’t given honey.
So keep some honey on hand during cold season for children over age one. Children younger than a year old should not be given honey due to the risk of infant botulism. Remember that most cold symptoms will last approximately ten days before subsiding. Always call your pediatrician if your child has a fever over 100.4 for more than a few days, or that is rising, a prolonged cough (more than 10 days), trouble breathing, decreased wet diapers or urination, or lethargy.
About Michelle Dalal, MD
As a mother herself, pediatrician Dr. Michelle Dalal has learned a lot from raising her two children. “You learn a lot as a parent, particularly in the infancy and toddler stage on how to deal with things,” she explains. “I think being a parent makes a big difference in terms of how you treat pediatric patients. I get a lot of questions about immunizations, I get a lot of questions about how to make sure a child’s diet remains...View profile View posts by this doctor