Honey More Effective than Medicine for Cough Treatment in Children

Dec 04, 2007

A teaspoon of buckwheat honey taken before bedtime may well relieve child's cough and make his or her sleep more sound, a new study says.

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University in the US conducted a study and examined 105 children aged 2 to 18 who had cough related to upper respiratory tract infection. Children were suffering from coughs up to 7 days. 35 of them were given buckwheat honey, 33 of them received traditionally prescribed dextromethorphan 30 minutes before sleep and 37 were given nothing. Their parents were to fill in a survey to see the effect of the treatment.

Based on the reports of the children reports recorded by parents, scientists came to a conclusion that honey was far more effective that dextromethorphan treatment. Honey relieved most of the cough symptoms with the decreased frequency and severity of cough reported. Children also were able to have more sound sleep as well as their parents.

Cough is one of the most common symptoms of upper respiratory infection and while the dextromethorphan use remains questionable due to some side effects for children. In this regard, honey is seen as a good alternative for cough treatment.

Honey, especially dark one, such as buckwheat honey, has long been known as a product rich in antioxidants and having microbe-fighting properties. Now the study confirmed its benefits for cough relief.

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