Have you ever wondered why cough medicines always seem to come as syrups? Maybe the reason is that the cough suppressive effect may come from the sticky syrup and not from the active ingredients! I have found that the stickier the cough syrup the better. Perhaps honey is such an effective cough medicine because it sticks to the back of children’s throats and keeps their brains from sensing the little drips and drabs of secretions that stimulate coughs. In fact, a recent study from Israel found that honey, given thirty minutes before bedtime in children older than a year, proved to be very effective at relieving coughs and improving sleep!
As many of you know, the Federal Drug Administration has advised against using cough or cold medicines in children less than four years of age since these medicines have not been tested for safety or effectiveness in very young children. Additionally, many children have suffered injury and even death as a result of using cough and cold medicines. For more information on this topic and other homeopathic ways of dealing with respiratory illness in your children, be sure to check out these other DocSmo posts:
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Cohen, H.A. Pediatrics 2012;30:1-7