Nothing is worse than the feeling of helplessness when you hear your little one cough through the night. With the FDA banning most cold and cough medicines for children, parents have few alternatives.After a literature review, the creators of ZarBee’s found that most of the clinical trials show that cough medicines are no more effective than using nothing at all. However, they did find that in children ages 2-18 with upper respiratory infections, that buckwheat honey was more effective than dextromethorphan (also called DM and commonly found in Robitussin, Dimetapp, Delsym, etc.) in reducing nighttime coughs, child sleep, and parent sleep.
Using special blends of dark honey, vitamins, and all other natural ingredients, ZarBee’s created an incredibly effective cough syrup that is safe enough to be used in children all the way down to 12 months of age. Time and time again, it has proven to be effective in reducing coughs and sore throats due to throat irritation.Zarbee’s sent me two bottles of cough syrup to try out: the cherry flavor and the lemon flavor. The bottles arrived just in time (how did they know I had a scratchy throat?)! I tried both flavors over the course of two days and I can honestly say that my throat is not as irritated and I was able to finally get some rest. I definitely like the cherry flavor better, but depsite the fact that I am not too big on lemon flavoring, the lemon syrup was not all that bad!
I wanted to check with my Pediatrician before giving this product to Lily if she ever needs it. So, I sent her the website for ZarBee’s and this is what she had to say:
“The first thing to notice is that it’s only recommended for 12 months and up. It is not safe to give honey to children under 12 months (their immune systems cannot handle possible contamination with botulism)! That being said, this is a possible alternative to regular cough syrups. Studies have shown honey to be effective for cough, not necessarily better, but effective. I should clear up that drug labeling on cough/cold meds have changed to “do not give under 4 years old” (and sometimes under 6) due to parents overdosing and accidental ingestions. The medications themselves can be safe and effective when used properly. So always ask your pediatrician for the proper dosage when not on the label, and always keep medicines out of your child’s reach. A cool mist humidifier is still best for little ones under 12 months (still helpful for the older ones too). ZarBee’s is a reasonable alternative, and i’m sure it tastes better, too!”
You can purchase Zarbee’s online for $9.99 and it should be available in major retailers soon!
Enter the code NotSoBlog at checkout and receive $2.00 off EVERY bottle. They are also offering free shipping as well!
Want to try it out for yourself? ZarBee’s has offered THREE lucky readers two bottles each (one of each flavor)!
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