Honey - There is NO proof it helps.

Some parents swear by local honey as an all-natural immunotherapy. (It's safe for kids 12 months and older.)  If regular exposure to allergens is how immunotherapy strengthens a patient's immune system, shouldn't a tasty substance laden with pollens from your local area have the same effect?

Unlike immunotherapy, honey doesn't contain consistent levels of pollen.  There are few scientific studies of honey and allergies, and the ones that exist have no proof of any benefiting results.  Research has shown that any honey works as well as medicine for cough (given by teaspoon on an as-needed basis).  That said, it has to be the yummiest unproven therapy out there.

Parents - May 2016

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