Honey?! for a cough?

As a family physician, I often see children in my office with a cough.  There have been extensive studies showing no clear benefits and, in fact, there were definite potential harms to over the counter cough medication in children under age 4.  So, what can parents use?

Honey has been found to decrease cough frequency and severity.  Honey also improves sleep for patients and parents.  Dextromethorphan (DM, for short) helps in those older than 4 years of age just as much as honey to quiet a cough.

Of note, honey CANNOT be given to children less than 12 months of age as it can cause botulism and death.

This means that honey is a good alternative to help with symptom of cough in children older than one.

I hope this helps.


About drlesliegreenberg

I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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