Uncommon cures for the common cold this winter in Chicago



Recent studies have shown that honey is more effective for children's coughs than over-the-counter medicines containing dextromethorphan for kids older than 1 year.

Mom's tip: Christine Escobar, an Evanston mom of two, relies on homeopathic products like Boiron Chestal Children's Homeopathic Cough Syrup Honey. "It's basically just honey with some added flavorings," she says.

Dr. Walsh: "I've recommended honey as a remedy for coughs for years. The traditional cold medicines on the market are so thick and honey-like that I've wondered if just the viscosity was providing relief. I've been excited to see good evidence in pediatric literature that honey does in fact have an effect in reducing coughs."

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