Monday, November 23, 2009

Zarbee's Children's Cough Syrup - Review & Giveaway

As we all know, it is cold and flu season. Many families are being hit hard not only by H1N1, but also my regular influenza and the common cold.

When it comes to cold remedies I tend to shy away from medicines as much as possible. I try to use as natural of products as I can. I believe that many of the colds that are common today can be cleared up on their own. As many of you know, the common cold can last between 5 and 7 days. However, dealing with symptoms such as a stuffy nose, sore throat and cough is hard enough when you are an adult, but it can be downright difficult when a child is involved.

With my children I tend to do the steaming thing, pain/fever reducing meds, lots of rest and fluids. Only when absolutely necessary will I go to the doctors for antibiotics.

When I had the opportunity to test and review Zarbee's Children's Cough Syrup in October, I jumped at the chance. Thank you to Elyse Bender-Segall and The Product Review Place for providing me with a 4 fl. oz bottle of Zarbee's Children's Cough Syrup for the purpose of review and for having me host a giveaway.

About Zarbee's:

When Dr. Zarbock set out to find a better children's cough syrup than over the counter drugs for his patients, he researched and studied several different options. Dr. Zarbock found that honey has been used as a safe remedy for ages. Because honey is a natural product, it is safe and drug-free yet extremely effective at soothing sore throats. With added vitamin C and other unique all-natural ingredients, honey becomes an effective remedy to sooth throats and calm coughs. Cough medicine as you know it will never be the same thanks to ZarBee's Children's Cough Syrup. Check out the report about the benefits of Honey for childhood coughs here.

Is honey safe for children? Can I give my child ZarBee's?
Honey is safe for children 12 months and older. ZarBee's Cough Syrup uses a unique blend of dark honey known to be high in antioxidants, this makes it safe and healthy for your child. Zarbee's is not recommended for children under 12 months of age. To
What makes ZarBee's different than just plain honey?
ZarBee's is honey-based, not just straight honey. There are other safe ingredients that make ZarBee's unique and effective. With each dose of ZarBee's your child receives their daily serving of vitamin C. Not to mention ZarBee's is loaded with antioxidants which are critical to healthy living.
What does ZarBee's taste like?
Good question. Since ZarBee's is a natural product, it doesn't taste like the cough medicine you are familiar with. No choking it down. It tastes great! Your child will love the great Lemon and Cherry flavor. 
What is in Zarbee's:

Ingredients: Honey proprietary blend (buckwheat, wildflower), water, natural flavors, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), citric acid, zinc gluconate. 

Contains NO Dextromethorphan or Alcohol.

My Review:

So when I received Zarbee's Children's Cough Syrup (cherry flavor) about three weeks ago, neither of my children had coughs or colds. However during the last week or so we have all been fighting the cold bug and I was able to use Zarbee's on a number of occassions for each child and actually for myself too.

I am very happy with this product. I love that it stands up to being a natural based product. And the best part it works! Almost right after my girls received their dose of Zarbee's (for children 12 mths to 5 years, the dose is 1/2 teaspoon) their hoarseness and coughs definitely became less (and did go away after about 1/2 hour).

The respite from coughing lasted about 3 hours, which I feel is a sufficent amount of time. Don't get me wrong, I love the medications out there that last 6-8 hours, but if I can avoid taking those I will. My girls did not have bad enough coughs to interfere with their night sleeping so the 3 hours that Zarbee's worked was great!

I love the taste!!! And more importantly, so do my children! Both of them. As many of you are parents, you can relate when I say it can be a struggle to get liquid medication into a 16 month old and a 3 year old. However, both the girls said, "yummy" when I gave them their doses:) In fact, my youngest actually used the sign for "more" when I was done giving it to her (she is not hearing impaired, we had taught her some baby signs for communication sake at 9 months)

Due to the fact that pediatricians do not recommend giving children under the age of 5 cold medications, I am so glad that Zarbee's is available. I do not like seeing my children suffer from a cold, and love that I can give them something as natural as honey! I remember many times as a child, my grandmothers would always give me a little tea with honey when I wasn't feeling well. I still do that! So it totally makes sense that a Pediatricitian would have developed a honey based cough syrup for children!

I highly recommend Zarbee's Children's Cough Syrup to anyone who would like to try alternative treatments for their child's cough/cold.

 Buy It!: Head over to the Zarbee's website and check out the many retailers around the U.S.A where you can purchase Zarbee's Children's Cough Syrup! The website states that it can be purchsed for $9.99

Win It!: One lucky reader will receive their own Zarbee's Children's Cough Syrup

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  1. we do allot of the teas from Traditional Medicinials

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  7. I use a saltwater gargle to help relieve scratchy and sore throats.

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  9. Our natural rememdy is sleep, sleep, and sleep. When you feel bad, you stay in bed and rest.