GIVEAWAY: Hello Fall! Hello cough and cold season….

Fall has definitely arrived if you haven’t noticed already.  With cough and cold season just around the corner, it’s time to get re-educated and form an action plan.  Just in time, Zarbee’s introduces a new Extra Strength line of natural cough products for adults and children 12+.  In responses to the FDA’s finding that current children’s cough syrups were unsafe for children under the age of 4 (2008), one of the countries’ leading pediatrician’s, Dr. Zak Zarbock developed Zarbee’s.   Many traditional drug based cough syrups contained potentially dangerous and ineffective ingredients such as Dextromethorphan or Psuedoephedrine or alcohol.   Many parents were left frustrated and heartbroken that they could not provide any relief for their youngest children.  Dr. Zarbock set out to create a safe and effective natural remedy that he could feel good about recommending to parents.  His research led to the discovery of a compelling clinical tiral showing antioxidant rich dark honeys were more effective at calming coughs and sore throats in children and young adults than any other drug-based cough syrup.  After extensive research, combining special dark honeys with vitamin C and zinc, Zarbee’s Cough Syrup was born, the first natural, safe and effective cough sytup for children 12 months and older.

Just in time for cough and cold season, Zarbee’s expanded its line of children’s cough products and now includes products for adults and kids 12 and up.  This new product extension will make Zarbee’s the only all natural cough solution for the entire family and provides a safe and drug-free alternative to treating coughs. Available in delicious flavors such as grape, cherry and honey lemon, your family will be feeling better in no time!

The Cough Conundrum – Stay Home or Safe to Go Out?

If you have been to your child’s school or daycare during the cough and cold or allergy season, you have undoubtedly heard a contagious chorus of coughs and sniffles.  On average, a young child will have 6-10 colds per year and the virus swap is at its peak during the winter season.  When your child is sick, many parents struggle with knowing when to keep them home, or when to send them back into The Wild.

Below please find tips from Zarbee’s creator, Dr. Zak Zarbock, on when it’s safe for children to go to school and when it’s best for them to stay home and recover.

Red Light
Keep your child home, avoid contact with others and consider seeing your pediatrician if symptoms include:

  • Fever of 101 degrees or higher
  • Wheezing or shortness of breath during normal activity
  • Cough that disrupts regular activities
  • Constant yellow or green drainage from the nose
  • Ill appearance or excessive fatigue


Yellow Light
Trust your judgment.  Your child may continue regular activities unless he or she needs additional rest or is showing early signs of red light symptoms. These symptoms may include:

  • Improving fever.  Your child can return to a regular routine once  he or she has been fever free for 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications
  • Sporadic cough that minimally interferes with activities
  • Congestion may be present, but minimal green or yellow discharge from the nose


Green Light
While not 100%, your child is okay to return to school. Symptoms may include:

  • Mild, infrequent cough that does not negatively impact daily activities
  • Clear runny nose
  • Active, playful, and rested

Remember, the most important way to keep children healthy and in school is by reducing the transmission of viral infections.  Proper hygiene including the use of disposable tissues and coughing into the elbow should be encouraged.  Frequent hand washing cannot be overemphasized.  Avoid touching the mouth, nose and eyes, as they are the gateway for unwanted viruses.

“I see over 30 coughing, gagging, fevering children a day and these tips are what keeps me going,” says Dr. Zarbock.

And finally, when in doubt don’t hesitate to contact your pediatrician – they are there to help.

GIVEAWAY: Stocking Up! (1) lucky person will win an amazing Zarbee’s Care Package which will have your entire family covered this cough and cold season!  You MUST visit fill out this FORM to be entered.  For an additional (3) entries – 1st Option – If you follow me on twitter @momconfessional and re-tweet this giveaway (I just entered @momconfessional’s @Zarbees cough & cold #Giveaway and you should too! – 2nd Option– If you “like” us on Facebook and share the giveaway with your friends.  – 3rd option –subscribe to Mom Confessionals.  DON’T FORGET to fill out this FORM. Giveaway only open to those with U.S. addresses and must be 18 years or older. Giveaway ends on October 5th 2012 at 11:59 EST. A winner will be selected randomly by and notified by e-mail.

{ disclosure:  I attended a Zarbee’s luncheon and got a chance to meet fellow mom, Kristin Davis and Zarbee’s founder Dr. Zak Zarbock.  We learned all about the amazing new products at Zarbee’s, a brand my family has trusted for years. }

Can’t wait to see if you’re a winner, check out their website where you can order FREE samples direct from the hive and coupons to try their amazing line of products!