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Honey, the Better Treatment for Your Child’s Cough?

Remember the unbearable taste, not to mention aftertaste of the cough syrup your Mother gave you as a child?  Over the years cough syrup has improved and has become more bearable, however most children still put up a fight when they know they have to take a spoonful of the dreaded syrup.  What if there was an alternative?  Something that your child already likes that could help treat their cough?

According to a new study in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, children who got honey had less cough and better sleep.  The study, which was funded by the honey industry, found that honey was more effective than an over-the-counter cold medicine at calming a cough when given to children at bedtime.  A leading theory says that honey can soothe a sore throat.

These findings are especially notable since an FDA advisory board recently recommended that over-the-counter cough and cold medicines not be given to children less than 6 years old because of their lack of effectiveness and potential for side effects.

Honey also contains antioxidants.  Studies show it may help fight disease causing germs, and the researchers say that the darker the honey, the bigger the benefits.  Scientists in this study used Buckwheat Honey and gave kids two to five years old a half teaspoon before bedtime.  Children six to eleven took a full teaspoon, and older kids were given two teaspoons.

However, honey should NEVER be given to kids under the age of one.  Honey has botulism spores and young children can absorb those spores and get very sick with botulism, which can be life threatening.

Next time your child (one year or older) is suffering with a cough try honey, as it may be cough treatment the way nature intended it.

Always consult a medical professional for accurate diagnosis and medical treatment (See our disclaimer).

Find more information on children’s health at ChildnParent

By Vanessa Lee

Add comment January 15th, 2008

What is Causing my Child’s Stomach Ache?

The dishes are done and you’re just about to sit down with the evening paper when your little one approaches with eyes as big as saucers. “Mommy, my tummy hurts.” You grab a large bowl and prepare for the possibility of vomiting. As you comfort your child, that perplexing question runs through your mind; “What is causing my child’s stomach ache?”

What Is My Body Feeling?
If a child is old enough to talk, ask descriptive questions to help determine what the sickness feels like; is it a queasy, hungry, or painful, cramping feeling? The questions will help a child become more aware of what their body is feeling.

For infants and small babies, often the only symptom of a stomach ache is persistent crying. Track the symptoms by writing down what the child is doing.  Asking questions and tracking symptoms will provide valuable diagnosing information for the pediatrician.

Causes and Symptoms

There are a variety of conditions and nasty bugs that can cause a child’s stomach ache. Here is a list of likely causes that occur in babies, toddlers and older children.

Colic: This condition occurs in small babies from six weeks to four months.  Symptoms include persistent crying and fussiness, pulling up of legs, red face and clenched fists.

Gas: This condition can occur in any child with most common occurrences in small babies. Symptoms include a painful, cramp-like stomach ache with persistent fussiness.

Gastroenteritis or “stomach flu”: This condition can affect a child of any age.  Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea.  Parents should consult a doctor as this condition can be caused by either a virus or bacterial infection.

Constipation: A child of any age can develop this condition.  Eating incorrectly, not getting enough fluids and exercise can cause a backup in the digestive system. Symptoms include an inability to have a bowel movement with painful cramping below the stomach area.

Always consult a medical professional for accurate diagnosis and medical treatment (See our disclaimer).  For children, having a stomach ache can be a very scary experience.  Your comforting and proper treatment will help them survive a stomach ache.

For more information on children’s health at ChildnParent

By: Debby Hoffer

1 comment January 9th, 2008


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