Honey is generally believed to be safe outside of the
infant population (it may cause botulism, a potentially fatal
disease, in infants under one). Honey is also known to have
antibacterial properties and is cited by the World Health
Organization as a potential treatment for upper respiratory
infections. In a recent study comparing honey, dextromethorphan,
and no treatment, parents of children with colds rated honey the
highest for relief of their child’s cough and sleep problems. As
a result, the authors concluded, honey is likely a better
treatment for the cough and sleep difficulty associated with
childhood upper respiratory tract infections. Suggested dosing
is: 2-5 years - 1/2 teaspoon, children 6-11 years - 1 teaspoon,
and children 12-18 years - 2 teaspoons every 6-8 hours as
needed.4 Use caution when administering honey to a child with a
personal or family history of allergies as allergic reactions are
known to occur with honey.
“Is Honey Better for Your Child’s Cough Due to the Common Cold than Dextromethorphan (e.g. - Robitussin)?”.
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