Zarbees: How to Safely Treat your Child’s Cough and Cold this Winter

Have you ever given your toddler OTC cough and cold medicines?  With cold and flu season approaching I wanted to take the time to share some information on how to safely treat a child’s cough and cold with a natural product.  

Zarbees is a natural, drug free option that contains a special blend of honey fortified with immune boosting vitamins. It is safe for pregnant and nursing women as well and it has no side effects or risks of overdose.

What the FDA and American Academy of Pediatrics Know About Children’s OTC Cough and Cold Medications But You May Not
Salt Lake City, Utah (December 22, 2011)—A story this week in The New York Times about the suspected link between acetaminophen use in children and asthma has shined the light once again on the risks associated with giving over-the-counter cold medications to children. The most common ingredient in children’s cold medications, acetaminophen can be found in such popular OTC brands as Children’s Tylenol, Pediacare and Triaminic.

The growing concern about acetaminophen comes on the heels of US Food & Drug Administration warnings about Dextromethorphan, another popular ingredient in OTC cough and cold medications that is no longer supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

According to a recent study by the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country, “Research has linked OTC cough and cold products to cases of poisoning or death in hundreds of children 2 years of age and younger.” In addition, complications from cough medication use send thousands of children under the age of 11 to emergency rooms every year.

To protect children, the FDA issued a Public Health Advisory in 2008 formally recommending that OTC cough and cold products not be used in infants and children under the age of 2 “because serious and potentially life-threatening side effects can occur.”

Dr. Zak Zarbock

Dr. Zak Zarbock, a Utah-based pediatrician who spoke at an FDA advisory hearing about the dangers of OTC cough and cold medications, was so concerned about the dangers of Dextromethorphan that he developed Zarbee’s, a line of all-natural cough and cold remedies that contain no Dextromethorphan or other drugs, no alcohol or dyes and carry no risk of overdose or side effects.

Filling a much-needed gap in the pediatric market, and now recommended by more than 40,000 pediatricians nationwide, Zarbee’s makes a cough syrup with a special blend of honeys fortified with immune-boosting vitamins that is safe for children as well as pregnant and nursing women and a nighttime drink that soothes coughs and promotes healthy sleep.

Despite the warnings and safe alternatives, the Mott Children’s Hospital study found that more than 60% of parents with children 2 and under have given their children an OTC cough and cold medicine within the last 12 months.

Why aren’t parents listening? According to the report, “There are challenges to informing parents about this topic. The FDA warning is specific to children 2 and under—but parents of those kids may not have heard the warnings issued more than 2 years ago. Each year, a new generation of parents must be educated about a wide variety of health care issues for the children.”

With cold and flu season officially upon us, now is the perfect time to review how to safely treat a child’s cough and cold symptoms. As the research shows, the potential dangers are nothing to sneeze at.

There are surprisingly few safe options like Zarbee’s on the market so read product labels and avoid any OTC product that contains Dextromethorphan or other drug.
Parents are also advised to follow the FDA’s recommendations (source:
  • Call a physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional if you have any questions about using cough or cold medicines in children 2 years of age and older.
  • Only use the measuring spoons or cups that come with the medicine or those made especially for measuring drugs. Do not use common household spoons to measure medicines for children since household spoons come in different sizes and are not meant for measuring medicines.
  • Carefully follow the directions on the label. These directions tell you how much medicine to give and how often you can give it.
  • Understand that using OTC cough and cold medicines are intended only to treat your child’s symptom(s). OTC cough and cold medicines do not treat the cause of the symptoms or shorten the length of time your child is sick. They only relieve symptoms and make your child feel more comfortable.
  • Check the “active ingredients” section of the label. This will help you understand what “active ingredients” are in the medicine and what symptoms each active ingredient is intended to treat. Cough and cold medicines often have more than one “active ingredient” (such as an antihistamine, a decongestant, a cough suppressant, an expectorant, or a pain reliever/fever reducer).
  • Be very careful if you are giving more than one OTC cough and cold medicine to a child. Many OTC cough and cold medicines have more than one “active ingredient.” If you use two medicines that have the same or similar “active ingredients” a child could get too much of an ingredient which may hurt your child. For example, do not give a child more than one medicine that has an antihistamine.
  • Do not use these products to sedate your child or make your children sleepy.
  • Choose OTC cough and cold medicines with childproof safety caps, when available, and store the medicines out of the reach of children.
About Zarbee’s 
The fastest-growing children’s cough and cold brand in the country, Zarbee’s is proven safe and effective for children 12 months of age and older. Developed by Dr. Zak Zarbock, one of the country’s top pediatricians, Zarbee’s products—a children’s cough syrup with a special blend of honeys fortified with immune-boosting vitamins that is also safe for women who are pregnant or nursing and a nighttime drink that soothes coughs and promotes healthy sleep—are recommended by more than 40,000 pediatricians nationwide. Zarbee’s products are all natural and gluten free, contain no drugs, alcohol and dyes, have no side effects and carry no risk of overdose. Zarbee’s All-Natural Children’s Cough Syrup and Zarbee’s Nighttime Cough & Sleep Drink each retail for a suggested $8.99 and may be purchased at Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Kmart, Kroger, Winn Dixie, Albertsons and Meijer stores nationwide as well as on For more information, visit and visit their Facebook page for news of special promotions and more:

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33 responses to “Zarbees: How to Safely Treat your Child’s Cough and Cold this Winter”

  1. Thanks for posting this. Great tips for new parents!

  2. Wow, thanks for letting us know about the dangers of acetaminophen and OTC. I had no idea!

  3. Because of the weird winter we had the germs were all over the place…half the time we just didn’t even know how to dress for the weather. One cold after another in our home this winter, no matter how much cleaning and sanitizing we did..Thanks for your article.

  4. We did have one of those magical winters that probably happen twice in our lifetime – warm and cool to become very cold. Lots of coughing going around. Thanks for posting your tips.

  5. it’s cough season tips are always welcome. I just used a bottle of cough syrup in November and I didn’t know about the active ingredients. Will watch out next time.

  6. This is a timely post, with all the colds, flus, and viruses on the go this time of year. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I wish I would have read this a few months ago! I didn’t think there was anything I could give my kiddos beyond tylenol/ibuprofen. I will be looking for this next time a cold hits our house.

  8. My view is if it is safe for children then it will be safe for adults

  9. What an excellent post, full of great, helpful information! You can never be too careful when it comes to your kids!

  10. i’m always looking for natural alternatives, thanks for the info

  11. Ive heard of this! IT sounds amazing! I will have to get some!

  12. Very good post. Great information to share.

  13. Great post. Our LO has just had a bit of a bad cough, and it has been tough to decide what steps to take.

  14. It is so hard to judge what can be given to children for a cough and cold, Zarbees sound like a safe option to me

  15. never heard of this before.

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  17. very valuable tips

  18. I have a 6 month old granddaughter who seems to catch every cough going around, wonder if this would work for her

    • It says for children 12 months and older on the bottle because of the honey. I just gave some to my 2 year old tonight, it works well for when your little one is old enough 🙂

      • Just saw the date you posted this and well, she’s old enough now 😉

      • They actually have a baby one for babies starting at 2 months old it worked great on my 9 month old


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  21. I love using natural products for my children, I try to give my kids honey every single day to help build their immune systems. These look like great products.

  22. Natural alternatives are by far the best for our bodies,thanks for this post

  23. Is it safe to use this and infant Tylenol at the same time?

  24. Is this medicine safe to use with infant Tylenol??

  25. Thanks for the tips! Need a re-reminder sometimes!

  26. These are very handy tips for new parents who have little or no experience. 🙂

  27. That man should be to jail after giving my 11 months baby his zabee’s i got fever and he’s suffering.

  28. That man should be to jail after giving my 11 months baby his zabee’s i got fever and he’s suffering.Don’t give your baby zarbee’s

  29. That man should be to jail after giving my 11 months baby his zabee’s i got fever and he’s suffering.Don’t give your baby zarbee’s i mean he got fever

  30. they actually have a baby one starting at 2 months and it worked great on my 9 month old

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