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Cough Syrup: “It Doesn’t Work”

Texas Department of State Health Services

Don’t turn to the medicine cabinet for cough relief. Turn to the kitchen cabinet.

Honey is better than cough syrup for treating throat irritation caused by a cold, according to Dr. Harold Farber, Pediatric Pulmonologist at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Farber writes in “The Truth About Cough Medicine: Does It Work Or Not?” that doctors are still prescribing cough medicine because “They believe that the parent will think that the doctor is not giving good care unless a prescription is given.”

So, he says, if honey will do, stick with it.

*Don’t give honey to a baby under a year of age. Farber says their guts aren’t able to process it.