COUGH CONTROL ABC’S: Pediatrician Provides Simple Tips to Keep Children’s Coughs in Check

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Learn Cough Control ABC's from a top pediatrician. Help alleviate children's coughing by following these simple tips.

No parent wants to see their child in discomfort from a cough, especially when the coughing is at night

School is back in session and with it communicable diseases like coughs and colds. Traditional cough medicines are under FDA scrutiny, and have been deemed unsafe for children under age six, leaving many parents struggling with how to help their child.

“No parent wants to see their child in discomfort from a cough, especially when the coughing is at night,” said Zak Zarbock, M.D., father of four, practicing pediatrician and founder of Honey Naturals, the makers of ZarBee's Cough Syrup. “Fortunately, there are simple ways to keep children’s coughs in check that are safe and effective.”

Dr. Zarbock’s cough control ABC’s include:

A = Anti-Inflammatory: Body aches and congestion often accompany coughs. Ibuprofen-based anti-inflammatories help with fever, aches and pains and help relieve sinus pressure. Dosage recommendations are provided on the medicine label and should always be followed closely to avoid side effects.

B = Buckwheat Honey: Dark honeys, like buckwheat honey, have been clinically shown to reduce symptoms associated with colds and flu more effectively than dextromethorphan(1). Honey works by leaving a coating throughout the throat, decreasing the irritation caused by constant drainage and subsequent sore throat. The sweetness of the honey may also work by causing the body to release natural opioids, which may calm the body's senses and improve unwanted coughs. Honey also has proven antibiotic effects and dark honey specifically is very high in antioxidants, which may also play a role. ZarBee’s Children’s Cough Syrup combines a special blend of buckwheat and wildflower honeys with other all-natural ingredients to safely calm coughs and take the sting out of sore throats for children 12 months and older.

C = Children’s Nasal Saline Sprays: Preservative free nasal saline sprays are essential for young children and may be used at every diaper change to help mobilize mucus and keep airways clear. They also assist parents with removing secretions with a bulb syringe or battery powered suction device.

“Parents should educate themselves on how to help their children and talk to their pediatrician,” said Dr. Zarbock. “By taking control, they can minimize their child’s discomfort.”

About Honey Naturals
Honey Naturals was founded in March 2008 by pediatrician Dr. Zak Zarbock. The company's flagship product, ZarBee's, is an all-natural cough syrup that provides relief from coughs due to throat irritation while simultaneously boosting the immune system. Dr. Zarbock has brought together a unique blend of dark honeys to maximize their antioxidant potential. Coupled with vitamin C and zinc gluconate, ZarBee's Cough Syrup is a must in every parent's medicine cabinet. For more information, visit

(1) Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2007;161(12):1140-1146.


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