Monday, November 14, 2011

Supplement Monday

Cough Syrup Alternatives

Sorry, still no pictures! :(

Useful information non the less!

Braxton has a cough. It sounds awful but he feels fine. No fever, no snotty nose. Here are some things we have been doing to help him sleep:

Humidifier in his room. This helps because the dry cold air makes the cough worse so adding moisture to the room helps a ton.

Warm water, fresh lemon juice, honey tea in the morning. When he wakes up I give him this. Honey has anciently been used to sooth the throat and the fresh lemon is a good source of Vitamin C.

Homeopathic cough syrup. The one I use is called Chestal Honey. The brand is BOIRON. It tastes really good because it has real honey in it! I get it at Super Supplements and it's not expensive. Homeopathic remedies have NO SIDE EFFECTS because they amount of substance they contain is microscopic. They are totally safe and effective and I encourage you to research them a bit if you are curious. You all probably have heard of Hylands Teething tablets? Well, they are a homeopathic remedy for teething babies. You love them, don't you!

Wild Indian Bark Syrup. This one doesn't taste as good but for a more serious cough I use this. The one is use is called Planetary Formulas Old Indian Wild Cherry Bark Syrup. It has echinacea in it with a whole bunch of other herbs. It also contains honey.

Here are some interesting statements I found regarding coughs/colds and medicine vs. honey.
I found them here

"A research study has determined that children who get a dose of honey cough less and sleep better than those who get cough medicine with dextromethorphan (DM), the ingredient in most over-the-counter products for coughs."

"DM cough medicines, which earn about $50 million in sales each year, have previously been shown to be of little benefit to children."

Remember not to give honey to babies under the age of 1!!!

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