She’s up coughing all night. You know it is the drip in the back of the throat. If only you can give her something to stop the cough. I see many frustrated parents who just want a safe cough suppressant. Unfortunately, cough suppressants have been taken off the pharmacy shelves for the last couple years and are not recommended for kids under six years of age.
Well here is one solution. Zarbee’s all natural cough syrup is a mix of honey, Vitamin C, and Zinc. It seems to be pretty effective in stemming postnasal drip-related cough (at least temporarily). And it is all natural. You can make a similar mix of dark honeys at home as well. Remember, honey is only safe for children over one year of age. Of course, consult your pediatrician and have her make an individualized treatment plan for your child.
Parents often ask me when is the best time to pierce their baby’s ears. In my practice, more and more parents are opting to pierce their daughters’ ears in the first few months of life. With any piercing, it is recommended that one has up-to-date immunity to tetanus. After the six month well visit, most babies have three tetanus vaccines. So ear piercing is much safer after the third tetanus vaccine.
Some pediatricians will pierce your baby’s ears, but many do not. Ask other moms where they have taken their kids for piercing and go with the place with the best reviews. Make sure they use sterile technique. Gold studs with gold backings are best to avoid allergic reactions. Watch out – earrings can be a choking hazard. Make sure that the backings lock onto the stud.
Remember, it is not necessary to pierce the ears that early. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends waiting until they are older and are interested in having their ears pierced. When she is old enough to ask for earrings, make it a girls day out and enjoy picking out the earrings together.