The Sweet Kids’ Remedy That’s Better than Cough Medicine

No one enjoys seeing a child suffer with a runny nose and an incessant cough. But when it comes to colds, there isn’t much we can do to help. Sure, giving a child a dose of cold medicine may feel productive, but it might not help as much as you think.

In fact, there is actually very little evidence that children’s OTC cold medicines do much to relieve symptoms. According to a new review published in The BMJ, some cold medicines don’t actually work at all. Others may dull the symptoms but prolong the duration of a cold—and even make you sicker—depending on what OTC remedies you’re taking. Not ideal. Especially for kids.

As for the medicines that do have an effect, they often come with a host of nasty side effects—not to mention that they tend to be loaded with artificial colorings, artificial flavorings, preservatives, and a surprising amount of inflammatory refined sugars. These aren’t things we want in our kids’ “medicines”. Artificial colors, for instance, have been shown to worsen hyperactivity and ADHD in children—they are actually harmful.

But there is a natural alternative—one that may be even more effective than over the counter remedies: buckwheat honey.

Buckwheat Honey for Coughs

In one study, a pre-bedtime spoonful of buckwheat honey was more effective than a dose of dextromethorphan-based cough medicines. That’s right—more effective. It successfully reduced the both the frequency and severity of nighttime coughing fits in kids with respiratory tract infections.

As a result, it also helped them get a better night of sleep, which is crucial for encouraging healing. Buckwheat honey was also a favorite of parents involved in the study, since it was all natural, effective, and came with no serious side effects—unlike comparable OTC meds.

Selection of honey in small honey jars

But why buckwheat honey specifically? Won’t any old honey do? Actually, no.

Buckwheat honey is one of the most antioxidant-rich honeys on the planet, with healing potential comparable to manuka honey. It is a powerful immune supporter and naturally boasts powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties. It’s also renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties and works wonders at soothing a red, irritated throat. In short, it’s nature’s cold remedy.

Along with a spoonful of honey*, prioritizing hydration and rest can drastically improve symptoms in children and speed their recovery. So stop wasting your money on ineffective, saccharine, neon-colored OTC kids’ remedies. There isn’t much you can do for your child’s cold and cough. The best solution might be to give them the natural nourishment they need to heal to ensure a speedy recovery. They’ll be back on the playground in no time.

*Remember, never feed honey to children under 1 year old or children with severe bee allergies. Always source your raw honey from sustainable apiaries who prioritize their bees’ health and safety.

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