Doctors say no cough syrup for young children and that honey is the best remedy - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/3/09

Doctors say no cough syrup for young children and that honey is the best remedy

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - No over the counter cough syrup for kids.  We've heard that warning from the government since it was determined they are not effective and can instead be dangerous in children under age 6.  So, what can you do for a youngster who's coughing and comfortable?  On our news at 5 p.m., Dr. Pattie Patterson, who teaches pediatrics at the Texas Tech Health Science Center, says this is one time in which we can go back to what they did in the old days.

"What does work for coughs in children is honey. You don't want to give honey to children under age 1," said Dr. Patterson.  "Honey can actually cause botchulism in infants, but over one it's safe and it actually works better than cough medicines."

Dr. Patterson adds remember that aspirin should never be given to children, teens or even young adults because of the risk of Reyes Syndrome, which can be fatal.

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