I have a friend whose daughter basically coughs herself to sleep. Night after night. Multiple trips to the doctor, a few runny noses, and constant dodging of dirty looks from nosey old ladies on the street, and…she’s still coughing. Strangely enough, I have more than one friend that can tell this tale.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), coughs can last for 2-3 weeks and they suggest calling a doctor if it persists beyond that. The National Institutes of Health confirms that kids typically get 6-10 colds in a given year. Those colds usually take 7-10 days to run their course and little more than time makes them any less fun to have around. So, what do we do in the meantime? Other than buy stock in Puffs Plus…
Several research studies over the last 5-10 years show no benefit to using over-the-counter (OTC) medication for kids. In fact, children under 4 (or 6, depending on what source you trust the most) should not receive any OTC medication to avoid serious and life-threatening side effects. Instead, to sooth a sore throat, varying doses of honey are recommended across the board. But heed the advice of the Mayo Clinic and don’t give honey to children under 1 year old, as it can lead to infant botulism — a rare but serious form of food poisoning.
The Global Healing Center helps remind us that aside from being a natural remedy, using locally grown honey offers additional health benefits, “because it’s produced by bees which are from the environment in which you live. It is always best to grow or consume foods from the area in which you live as they contain the immune stimulating properties needed for your body to adapt to its environment.”
Some other cough and cold home remedies?
– Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
– To sooth coughs with honey, give 1/2 tsp children ages 2 to 5; 1 tsp children ages 6 to 11 & 2 tsp 12+ (AAP recommends)
– Use saline nasal drops for small, congested noses
For more information and home remedies from the AAP, check out the link below:
Sources: http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/health-benefits-of-organic-locally-grown-raw-honey/ and http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/infant-botulism/HQ00854 and http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/features/cold-cough-home-remedies-children