She’s up coughing all night. You know it is the drip in the back of the throat. If only you can give her something to stop the cough. I see many frustrated parents who just want a safe cough suppressant. Unfortunately, cough suppressants have been taken off the pharmacy shelves for the last couple years and are not recommended for kids under six years of age.

Well here is one solution. Zarbee’s all natural cough syrup is a mix of honey, Vitamin C, and Zinc. It seems to be pretty effective in stemming postnasal drip-related cough (at least temporarily). And it is all natural. You can make a similar mix of dark honeys at home as well. Remember, honey is only safe for children over one year of age. Of course, consult your pediatrician and have her make an individualized treatment plan for your child.



All winter, I long for spring to arrive, so that I can play outside with the kids. When spring does finally arrive, the pollen drives me and the kids back indoors. I find that highly unfair. Don’t you? It’s hard to watch the little ones rub their eyes and noses all day.

The culprit behind spring allergies is mainly the pollen flying around from local flowering trees and plants. Local honeybees take this pollen back into their beehives and leave traces of it in their “nectar” or honey. These small amounts of pollen present in the honey can provide a way for allergy sufferers to slowly build resistance to the pollens. Local honey, if taken orally in small amounts, can be helpful over time in building such a resistance. Now that may be a slow process, but it may be worth it. Of course, honey contains a lot of sugar, so don’t overdo it either. One teaspoon a day for children is an adequate amount. Remember, honey is NOT recommended for anyone under one year of age. Also make sure the honey has been through the pasteurization process.

Remember, local honey is helpful for fighting only pollen-related allergies. There are many other outdoor environmental allergens out there. Combating spring allergies for you kids requires a comprehensive game plan, one which you should formulate with your pediatrician.

Taking small amounts of honey is only one of the tools you can use. When it comes to honey, looks like “staying local” is for the best!

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“Why don’t you try that herbal powder for her stomach?” my mother says on the phone. I know she means well, but I roll my eyes.
“For goodness sake Mom, I am not going to feed my child a powder from God-knows-where.”
“Your dad and I used to give it you all the time.”

After many such conversations, I relented. Initially I was a skeptic, but slowly I came around. I realized the goodness and effectiveness of herbs. Caraway (Ajwain) seeds are one of those remarkable seeds. Ajwain can be found in most South Asian ethnic grocery stores. Currently, FDA does not recommend any anti-diarrheal medication for young children. I use Ajwain for diarrhea and gas/bloating for my family, including the kids.

Preparation: I put a full teaspoon in 8 oz of water and boil the mixture. Once boiling, I strain out the seeds and cool the water to room temperature. Then I feed the herbal water throughout the day slowly in small sips. Large amounts can actually cause constipation, so you don’t want to give more than a teaspoon a day. Nevertheless if you want to slow down the rate of diarrhea, Ajwain is safe and effective.

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