Honey for toddler cough?

Melanie - posted on 01/10/2011 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 20 months old and is coming down with a cold. She's got a dry cough, wakes up frequently coughing etc. I was wondering if any moms have tried giving their LO honey to help reduce coughing? If so did it help? I'm open to any other suggestions..



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Amrit - posted on 07/26/2012

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There are botulism spores in many things, including dust, soil, and even some infant formulas. The risk of contamination greatly diminishes with proper and adequate hand washing in the extracting facility. That being said, honey is actually a natural antibacterial and antiseptic, used for hundreds of years in various situations to apply to open wounds to stave off infection. Honey with a moisture content of 18% or less also never ferments or goes bad. It only crystallizes which is easily remedied by putting the jar in hot water and stirring it up. Honey should not be heated over 100 degrees because all of the healthy helpful proteins and amino acids which are destroyed during the cooking/pasteurization process. So any store bought honey is basically sweet goo, with no healthy perks. According to Ayurveda honey becomes like a poison to the body when it is cooked and should not be consumed unless raw. Raw local honey is the best for treating local allergies. It contains homeopathic (very tiny) doses of the pollens from the environment which are usually what people react to. In taking a teaspoon of raw local honey per day, many people inoculate themselves against the pollens/foreign proteins in the air and build an immunity over time. The same sort of deal as a flu shot. Honey is also renowned for its soothing properties. If you feel a sore throat coming on, take a teaspoon of honey with a squeeze of lemon or lime and a dash of cayenne pepper on top and eat the whole spoon at once- it gives your immune system a great little boost. Many people also mix freshly ground strong cinnamon with honey for cold treatment. The benefits of honey are countless, and as a beekeeper I am always a little sad when people place a taboo on honey for little ones. I have been eating it since I was a baby and I am perfectly healthy. I do know, however that as a mom, no one wants to expose their precious child to a perceived hazard so I don't blame people for being wary. All I can say is that once my daughter starts teething she can look forward to some great tasting honey from grandpa's bees!

Nikki - posted on 01/13/2011

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What works for us is we put about 4 oz. of water in the microwave to heat for 30 sec. and then add a peppermint candy, tsp of honey and a few drops of lemon juice. The peppermint relaxes and soothes them, the honey coats the throat to prevent coughing and the lemon juice cuts through and mucus that might be causing a problem. and it tastes good too.

Katherine - posted on 07/25/2012

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NEVER give honey to any child under 2 years old. Let me explain why. You CANNOT kill the botulism SPORE. It is the spore that affects the infants because of young systems. Yes, the toxin can be "boiled" off, but not the SPORE. The toxin develops from the spore. Adult systems can take care of this not infants. I felt that I needed to respond when one of the parents spoke about honey being sterilzed. It doesn't eliminate the spores. Yes, a child of 18 months can get infantile botulism. My daughter had it at that age. DO NOT take the chance.

Jaydensmommy - posted on 01/11/2011

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oh no no no no i just got done researching this and it said never give honey because it contains botulism and it can kill your child... go to google or ask.com

Ericka - posted on 01/11/2011

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My daughter is 14 months and her pediatrician suggested honey for her cough when she had a cold. I gave her a baby spoon full 2 or 3 times a day and it worked great. I've also gave her chamomile tea with honey and that worked good too.

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Sheila - posted on 02/07/2011

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The reason that they say not to give honey to infants is because the bees can carry botulism back to the hive, and the baby's system is not developed enough to fight it properly. That being said, I have given it to my kids when they were about the age of your little one, and they didn't have any problems. Most honey is processed enough that botulism shouldn't be a concern. It's the raw honey that you might want to steer clear of for a little while longer. Another thing that I have found to help is rubbing vicks for babies on their feet and chest. Yes, Vicks has a formula for little ones that is not as strong as the "adult" formula. I bought mine in the same area as the regular vicks. Hope this helps.

Cassie - posted on 02/06/2011

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you can also try rubbing c.c.c. lotion or balm on her chest. if the other suggestions dont work. you can find it online at mobuherbals.com

Laura - posted on 01/14/2011

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oooh one more thing if your still worried about giving honey... my daughter LOVES honey on toast and has it a few times a week for breakfast or a snack. She is healthy and happy xx

Nikki - posted on 01/13/2011

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And also for the other parents.

They suggestion is no homey until age one because the babies don't have the good bacteria yet to kill the botulism bacteria. and also my pediatrician said their is nothing now to suggest that you should stay away from peanut butter. It does not increase risk of allergy to give it before age 1 you just need to limit it to a tbsp at a time.

Laura - posted on 01/13/2011

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yes yes yes my daughter is 20 months and i always give her a hot honey & lemon drink before she goes to bed. I spoke to my health care prof when my daughter was one about giving her nuts, honey, etc and she said that it is ABSOLUTELY safe UNLESS you or any close family have allergies to it. :)

Lenash - posted on 01/13/2011

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awww, how sad, i have read several times that honey shouldnt be given to our children if he or she is not 2 years yet, so what you can do is to massage her chest and ribs with warm water to release her of pains ok. Speedy recovery.

Erika - posted on 01/12/2011

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i always hear that it work 2!so i try it n my 2 1/2 old son had the cought so bad that he cought up the honey!!

Sarh - posted on 01/11/2011

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It does help, just watch her closely after giving it to her to make sure she doesn't choke.
And remember NO cough medication unless prescribed by the pediatrician (which I doubt any would even do) until bubby is at least 6yrs of age!!
Good luck, I hope she feels better soon.

Lisa - posted on 01/11/2011

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I've been told by my pediatrician to keep my son away from honey and peanuts til age two.

Dora - posted on 01/11/2011

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Make sure your daughter does NOT have any allergies to honey/bees. If not you can try it if she doesn't mind the taste of straight homey. I use it for myself whenever I have a cough and it works great. Just double check with your daughters doctor to see if hey recommend it. Also a cool mist humidifier does wonders.
http://www.babycenter.com/408_when-can-m...
Although honey seems like a wholesome and natural food to give your infant, don't do it until after she's at least 12 months old. Honey can contain spores of a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum, which can germinate in a baby's immature digestive system and cause infant botulism, a rare but potentially fatal illness.
These spores are usually harmless to adults and children over 1 year old, because the microorganisms normally found in the intestine keep the bacteria from growing.
http://kidshealth.org/parent/question/in...
It's true that honey should not be fed to infants younger than 1 year old. Clostridium bacteria that cause infant botulism usually thrive in soil and dust. However, they can also contaminate certain foods — honey in particular. Infant botulism can cause muscle weakness, with signs like poor sucking, a weak cry, constipation, and an overall decreased muscle tone (floppiness).

Ashley - posted on 01/10/2011

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what has always works for us when the girls have a cough is rubbing baby vicks on their feet and then put socks over them works best when they are napping or sleeping

Jennifer - posted on 01/10/2011

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i've heard no honey under the age of one. after the first birthday, we were told there wasn't anything "off limits." i have never tried it to help with coughing, though so i can't really help with that.



another recommendation is a humidifier and eucalyptus oil. i put the eucalyptus oil on a cotton ball, and sit it right where the the mist comes out (not blocking it, just close to it). eucalyptus oil is particularly helpful with night time coughing, and congestion.

Karen - posted on 01/10/2011

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i have always heard not to give honey under 2 because of botulism so i haven't tried it..however, you may want to try a cool mist humidifier in her room while she sleeps...i know it helps my son alot when he has a cough. good luck and hope she feels better soon!

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