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Can Honey Help Your Sick Children? (Archived Pedcast)


Doc Smo here, your pedcast host .  I hope you are having a good day today.  It’s my pleasure to have, once again, Dr Sheila Kilbane, one of the few,  and definitely one of the best “Integrative Pediatricians” in the US.  She is trained in both traditional western medicine as well as in the art of integrative medicine.  She brings a unique perspective to our “topic of this week“, which is the medical power of honey…, no not your husband or wife, but  the gooey sticky stuff from the hives.  I think we are going to find out there are good reasons why those bees protect it with such vigor! Continue reading

The “power of honey” with Dr. Kilbane (Pedcast)


Doc Smo here, your pedcast host .  I hope you are having a good day today.  It’s my pleasure to have, once again, Dr Sheila Kilbane, one of the few,  and definitely one of the best “Integrative Pediatricians” in the US.  She is trained in both traditional western medicine as well as in the art of integrative medicine.  She brings a unique perspective to our “topic of this week“, which is the medical power of honey…, no not your husband or wife, but  the gooey sticky stuff from the hives.  I think we are going to find out there are good reasons why those bees protect it with such vigor!

Honey does already play an important role in health care for children.

-I have read and I frequently recommend honey as a good cough suppressant.

-Parents tell me all the time stories of how local honey helps their children’s allergies.

-A mom told me the other day about how good honey works for gastrointestinal upsets. I think this Is really  true because it is part of some home recipes for pedialyte that I have read about for children older than 1 year.

– I have also heard of how effective honey can be in aiding wound healing and possibly in the treatment of other diseases.  For more on that subject, we have my good friend, Dr. Sheila Kilbane, a bona fide nutrition expert as well as pediatrician, to give us more information about medical uses of honey.

 

-Hello chatter-  PS and SK…

 

It’s delicious, I love it on my apples and in my tea… but honey for medical uses???

 -Q1 Dr. Kilbane, what is so special about honey.  Why not maple syrup or molasses?  Are there special properties that honey has that other gooey sugary substance don’t have?

SK answers

 Q2  I’ve heard that honey can help heal wounds  Is this true?

SK answers

-Q3 Any other uses for honey in the world of medical care?

SK answers

 Summary:

 If you missed the past Pedcasts with Dr Kilbane, make sure you check them out.  They are  great! We made pedcasts  about ADD, Winterizing your children, organic foods, probiotics, and now the medicinal properties of honey.  Dr. Kilbane, as always, Its is wonderful to talk with you Dr. Kilbane and you ALWAYS expand my knowledge and curiosity about pediatrics.  Thank you, thank, thank you.  Please come back soon, won’t you

 

This is Dr. Paul Smolen, Doc Smo, hoping you recognize the big deal that honey can play if your child needs to heal. 

 

Until next time.

 

From the desk of Doc Smo: Honey-A great cough medicine (Article)

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:

https://www.docsmo.com/doc-smo-spicy-feet-the-latest-recommendations-regarding-cough-and-cold-medicines-for-young-children-from-fda-and-moms/

https://www.docsmo.com/from-the-desk-of-docsmo-more-on-otc-coldcough-medicines-article/

https://www.docsmo.com/dr-kilbane-onwinterizing-your-children-pedcast/

Your comments are welcome at www.docsmo.com.  Until next time.

Smo Notes:

Cohen, H.A. Pediatrics 2012;30:1-7

From the desk of DocSmo: More on OTC cold/cough medicines (Article)

Longtime listeners to the podcast will recall a pedcast called Spicy Feet in which I discussed the current thinking by health authorities when it comes to the use of cough and cold medicines in children younger than 4 years of age. For those of you who missed this episode, I recommend that you download it and listen. In a nutshell, complications from the use of cough and cold medicines are thought to be the primary culprits in causing about 1500 ER visits/ year in children. Over the past 20 years, cold and cough medicines are thought to have caused 123 child deaths and generated 750,000 phone calls to poison control centers. Clearly there is the potential for serious harm to come from these medicines.

 

At the same time, their benefit in children hasn’t really been proven. Before the advisory in 2008, parents would often ask me whether they should use these medications. My response was always, “Do you think they help?” They usually responded “No!” So why would you ever consider using them?  My opinion… marketing. Parents feel that by giving their children a “medicine,” they are doing the right thing. The images of a caring parent sitting on their child’s bed giving them a teaspoon of this or that medicine is a powerful image. Parents feel that if they “love” and “care” for their children they need to emulate this behavior.

 

So what has happened since the advisory was put out in 2009? Emergency visits for side effects from cough and cold medicines have dropped by half on a year to year basis in children less than 2 years of age. Visits to the ER by children over 2 years of age have not changed. Overall use of cough and cold medicines in children has dropped by 66%. Word travels fast. When they are right, they are right. Just because people have used a certain treatment or remedy for a long time doesn’t mean it is either safe or effective. In the era of computers and big data, we are about to find out what works and what doesn’t. Stay tuned.

 

Smonotes:

Audio Digest, Tunkel, volume 57:08, April 2011.

http://www.audio-digest.org/pages/htmlos/93143.4.4289165492319650421