We know it is coming, yes the Flu and Common Cold season. We also know that there are many warnings about treating young children with the current FDA approved decongestants, antihistamines and cough suppressants so what do we do when they are sick? What do we give them to help them feel more comfortable?
While I was at the TypeA Mom Conference last month, I was talking with many of the companies there and one of the companies was Boiron. Since then, I have been looking over the products that we were all given and have been researching them more and thought I would share some information and questions.
So who is Boiron? Boiron is a world leader in homeopathy so that tells me that they are not some duo making this stuff in their basement. They are best known for the top-selling flu medicine, Oscillococcinum, and its Arnicare line of pain relievers. They state that they “maintain the highest standards in manufacturing, complying with U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations, the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States and drug Good Manufacturing Practices.”
What is Homeopathy? “Homeopathy is a therapeutic method used to help the body rebalance and heal itself. It uses natural substances in micro-doses. Homeopathic medicines are used to treat many conditions, such as allergies, flu-like symptoms, cough and cold, pre-menstrual syndrome, arthritic pain, etc.”
The samples we all received included: Children’s Oscillococcinum to nip flu-like symptoms in the bud and Children’s Coldcalm Pellets, a multi-symptom cold reliever. Interestingly, they told me that adults can use these products as well but I am not sure at what doses and frequency. I am actually most interested in the allergy medicine for my husband so I may need to pick some up. And since the products are available at most natural food stores and major retail drug chains such as CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens, I should be able to find it. If you are interested in trying some, you can get a $1 coupon.
I am a bit apprehensive about trying them on my children before myself and that is only because I am always a bit nervous when I give my children any medicine for the first time and I usually start with half the recommended dose to watch for reaction. But I am a worry-wart. I guess I better go get the Allergy medication for my husband first and take it from there.
Have you tried any of the products? What are your thoughts on homeopathy?
Full Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post however, I did receive some product samples at the conference as did all the attendees. Luckily, I have yet to use them as we have not been ill (thank goodness!)