April 2022 Newsletter
Allergies, Coughing and Honey…Oh My!
During spring in central Texas, we see a lot of coughing. Coughs can be due to allergies, a virus, asthma, and rarely, a bacterial infection. Most of the time, a cough can be managed at home.
Coughing is protective of the lungs and helps clear the airway. The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend cough medicine in children under six years old for this very reason. Instead, children over one can use honey for a cough as it has been shown to be as effective as over the counter cough medicine in multiple studies. A great way to incorporate this is to make honey tea. A cough can sound different depending on the cause.
Recipe for honey tea: warm water, ½ tablespoon honey, and lemon. Remember, honey should not be given to children under the age of 1. If your child is under one with a cough and fever, the cough has lasted longer than two weeks (in an older child), or you are concerned in any way, we are happy to evaluate them in the office.
By Heather Lewis, FNP