Effectiveness of Honey for Symptomatic Relief in Upper Respi
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Overprescribing of antibiotics is related to the fact that antibiotics are only available through licensed health professionals and is perceived by parents as a powerful treatment for their child, even if the treatment is inappropriate and does not work for viral infections.

If a product such as honey is inexpensive and safe with evidence of therapeutic benefit, then it should be encouraged to improve care with less potential for harm. A prior Cochrane review found benefit for honey in children with cough but this more recent systematic review wanted to see if it had benefit with other symptoms in all age groups. It showed the most benefit for cough but also for combined symptom score when compared to regular care.

What is the mechanism of action?

This remains uncertain. Honey has anti-oxidant and anti-infectious properties. It may also form a soothing mechanical barrier.

How to Prescribe Honey:

Consider pasting the following patient information into your electronic medical record for patient instructions…

Honey for Upper Respiratory Symptoms with Cough:

Antibiotics do not work for viral infections and can result in bacteria that learn how to resist antibiotics so they don’t work when you really need them. Honey has been found to work as well as the over the counter cough suppressant, dextromethorphan often referred to as “DM.” Honey may also benefit other viral related symptoms. It is inexpensive and safe when used in those older than one year.

Do not give honey to children less than one year of age since this age group is susceptible to a disease called botulism from packaged honey.

For Children 1-5 years of age:

Brew green, oolong or dark tea and add 1 ½ teaspoons of honey to a cup (6-8 oz) and drink 2-3 cups throughout the day. The honey has benefits for cough and upper respiratory symptoms and the tea leaf (Camellia Sinensis) is abundant in nutrients to support immune function. Green, oolong and dark tea all come from the same plant. The darker the tea, the more it has been aged with more caffeine. And lastly, the water used to make the tea helps prevent dehydration. Since tea has caffeine, it may not be ideal before bed. Consider adding the honey to chamomile tea (sedating) or ginger tea (improves nausea) before bedtime. Chop up a piece of ginger root the size of the patient’s pinky finger and place in a tea infuser and steep in hot water for 5 minutes before adding the honey.

For 5 years and older:

The same as above but you can increase to 2 tsp of honey per cup of tea and increase the total number of cups in a day to 3-5.

Source: https://www.practiceupdate.com/content/effectiveness-of-honey-for-symptomatic-relief-in-upper-respiratory-tract-infections/106062
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Dr. S●●●●●●●●●●n K●●●●●●i
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Honey has Antioxidants and Anti-inflammatory properties so it helps in treating upper respiratory tract infectionI and increases immunity
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Dr. OP G●●●●m
Dr. OP G●●●●m Paediatrics
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Dr. F●●●●●s A●●●●●a
Dr. F●●●●●s A●●●●●a Radiology
Honey has ben used for centuries by grand mother' s in the decoction with vgreat benefits
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