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Recently I used the all-natural Zarbee’s cough syrup for my daughter when she had a cough and sore throat. I’m always looking for natural ways to help my children in order to avoid exposing them to too many chemicals and unwanted medications at such a young age, but did the Zarbee’s cough syrup work?
Is Zarbee’s Cough Syrup Safe?
Let me be clear on something, I do not like giving my kids medicine unless they really need it, but since Zarbee’s is safe and effective for children 12 months of age and older, and only contains an antioxidant-rich blend of buckwheat honey, wildflower honey, and immune-system boosters zinc, vitamin C and natural flavors, I felt completely safe giving this to my children.
Zarbee’s – Recommended by Pediatricians
Zarbee’s Cough Syrup is all-natural and gluten free, contains no drugs, alcohol or dyes, has no side effects, and carries no risk of overdose.
Also, Zarbee’s has no Dextromethorphan (DM), the most common over-the-counter treatment for coughs, which is not supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics, has been banned for children four years of age and younger and is being scrutinized by the FDA as ineffective and potentially dangerous for children.
This is very important to me. When I am giving something to my kids to help soothe their symptoms, I do not want to give them drugs that could have added side effects.
Other Medications and Interactions
The number one question I get asked is if Zarbee’s has any interactions with other medications like Benadryl or Ibuprofen. While I am not a doctor or pharmacist, and I cannot give you any medical advice, what I will say is that the ingredient label for the regular Zarbee’s children’s cough syrup simply states Honey as the main ingredient, with water and some vitamins also added.
I don’t know that honey has any interactions with any medications, but it is always best to check with your child’s doctor for any advice.
Did Zarbee’s Work?
The simple answer is yes. I gave it to my daughter when she had a sore throat and cough. It definitely seemed to help soothe her symptoms, or at the very least gave her a little peace of mind so she could sleep better.
I feel safe giving Zarbee’s Cough Syrup to my kids whenever they are needing a little extra soothing relief, and it is the first brand I turn to each time. I also love that if I do need to give something else, like a fever reducer, Zarbee’s doesn’t have any interactions to other medications that I can tell.
More Natural Cold Relief Products
In addition to Zarbee’s cough syrup to help my kids feel better, I have some other great tools in my arsenal. This Thermal-Aid Natural Heating and Cooling Pack is great for reducing fever or helping to relieve pain.
We also have lots of humidifiers in our old house since it gets quite dry in the winter, but they are also really good for helping with stuffy noses.
A-to-Z Cold & Allergy Season Survival Kit
With itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, wheezing and coughing, it can be torture for the whole family. Following is a list of some of the best and most affordable drugstore products – from A to Z – that will help you and/or your kids survive the spring and summer cold and allergy season (tips provided by Zarbee’s).
A is for Aquaphor – This do-it-all, skin-protecting ointment is great for sensitive, well-blown noses. Rub some of this best-selling skin ointment on your child’s tender nostrils at night, and by morning, the dry irritation should be gone.
B is for Boogie Wipes – If you still have flashbacks of your mother’s strong hand coming at your painful, raw, draining nose with a rough, scratchy tissue, you’ll love these gentle saline wipes for stuffy noses. My kids love them because they are not scratchy like regular tissues.
C is for Children’s Cetirizine (Zyrtec) – If your child is suffering from allergies (telltale signs are an itchy, scratchy throat and itchy eyes), and they’re six years of age or older, try an antihistamine. Of course, as with any medication, follow the directions on the box carefully.
F is for Filtered Water – Kids need to stay hydrated when they’re sick, but most hate the taste of water. Try using an Aquasana filter, which takes out the contaminants that make tap water taste bad but leaves in the minerals that are important for your child’s good health.
My kids love these water bottles from Brita. They are really easy to use and to clean so I love them too!
H is for HEPA – Install a HEPA filter for your AC and furnace to the trap the small particles that irritate allergies, and be sure to change it frequently.
I is for Ibuprofen – Ibuprofen (Children’s Motrin, Children’s Advil, etc.) is the perfect pain reliever and fever reducer and also helps with inflammation. Congestion is a common symptom of colds and can lead to secondary problems like ear and sinus infections. Ibuprofen may be helpful in reducing that risk.
L is for Lather – Bathe and wash your children’s hair each evening before bedtime to prevent them from rolling around in the allergens, which get stuck in hair, all night.
We are loving this Shampoo that has Tea Tree oil, giving it the added benefit of warding off little lice bugs that come around at school. Ick!
M is for Monitor – The most common symptoms associated with allergies include clear, runny nose, congestion, cough and sneezing as well as itchy, red and watery eyes.
P is for Pillow – A good pillow used to elevate your child’s head at night will help improve their breathing if they have a stuffy nose. We have been using Aller-Ease brand pillows and bedding in our home. They are hot water washable and ‘allergy proof’.
R is for Rest – Getting plenty of rest is very important for helping support our immune systems, especially in children.
S is for Sinucleanse Kid’s Mist – A Neti Pot for kids, this saline wash can ease nasal discomfort from colds and allergies. What makes this one especially nice is that it has a soft, metered spray, an anti-backwash bottle and is refillable so you can make your own saline solutions at home.
V is for Vacuum – Remove dust, pet dander, pollens and other allergens that like to collect in your carpets by vacuuming on a regular basis. The Shark line of vacuums are amazing, we have a couple in our house because we love them so much. This best-selling Shark Navigator Lift-Away is perfect for removing 99.9% of dust and allergens.
X is for Xlear Nasal Spray – This all-natural, saline nasal spray for kids contains xylitol, which may help prevent ear and sinus infections by preventing bacteria from attaching to the inside of the nose.
Z is for Zarbee’s Cough Syrups – Developed by a top pediatrician, Zarbee’s is made from antioxidant-rich buckwheat honey, which clinical trials have shown to be the safest and most effective treatment for relieving coughs in children. Unlike Dextromethorphan (DM) and diphenhydramine, the two most common ingredients in cough syrup, Zarbee’s is also the only cough syrup on the market that has been proven safe and effective for children 12 months of age and older.
About Dr. Zak Zarbock – Zarbee’s Creator
Zak Zarbock, M.D. is one of the country’s top pediatricians and the Founder and President of Zarbee’s, the fastest-growing children’s cough and cold brand in the country. As one of the nation’s leading experts on treating coughs and colds in children, Dr. Zak was invited to participate in the September 2010 FDA hearing on Capitol Hill and speak about the potential dangers of cough syrup. A member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Zak completed his medical training at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, his pediatric internship and residency at the University of Utah and Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City and practices at Families First Pediatrics in South Jordan, Utah. Married and the proud father of four boys between the ages of three and 11, Dr. Zak is a regular guest on TV and radio shows and serves as a resource for reporters writing stories about pediatric issues.
More About Zarbee’s Cough Syrup:
The fastest-growing children’s cough and cold brand in the country, Zarbee’s is the only cough syrup on the market that has been proven safe and effective for children 12 months of age and older. Developed by one of the country’s top pediatricians, Zarbee’s is made from antioxidant-rich buckwheat honey, which clinical trials have shown to be the safest and most effective treatment for relieving coughs in children. Recommended by pediatricians nationwide, Zarbee’s Cough Syrup is all-natural and gluten free, contains no drugs, alcohol, and dyes, has no side effects and carries no risk of overdose. Zarbee’s does not include Dextromethorphan (DM), the most common over-the-counter treatment for coughs, which is not supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics, has been banned for children ages 4 and younger and is being scrutinized by the FDA as ineffective and potentially dangerous for children. Available at Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, Rite Aid, Kmart, Kroger, Winn Dixie, Albertsons and Meijer stores nationwide, Zarbee’s Cough Syrup sells for a suggested retail price of $7.99 for a 4 fluid ounce bottle. For more information, visit www.zarbees.com.
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Disclosure: I was provided with a free sample of Zarbee’s cough syrup to facilitate this review, however, all opinions are my own and not influenced in any way. My personal statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Any product information presented as factual in this post was provided by Zarbee’s or a PR representative.