Monday, March 21, 2011

Cough Remedy: Honey!

An easy (and tasty) cough remedy is a bit of honey. You can either take a tablespoon or mix your honey in hot water as a soothing drink. This is great for kids, just don't give honey to children under 1 years of age, due to the risk of botulism. The Mayo Clinic website even cites a study that concluded "honey appeared to be as effective as the cough suppressant dextromethorphan in typical over-the-counter doses." It is like lotion for your throat, and it is less expensive than cough syrup with none of the side effects. When my daughter wakes in the night with a cough, we give her a bit of warm honey water in a sippy cup, and it usually does the trick!

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