Honey a Sweet Treatment for Kids’ Night-Time Cough
Given before bedtime, study found this home remedy improved symptoms of common cold
By Alan Mozes
MONDAY, Aug. 6 (HealthDay News) — Instead of reaching for a commercial medicine when your child is coughing through the night because of a common cold, Israeli researchers suggest giving honey a try.
A teaspoon or two of honey before bedtime can safely relieve the symptoms of an upper respiratory tract infection, they report.
“The cough due to a viral [upper respiratory infection] is generally a self-limited disease,” said study author Dr. Herman Avner Cohen, chairman of the Pediatric Community Ambulatory Care Clinic with Clalit Health Services in Petah-Tikva, Israel.
“However, parents often [want] some active intervention,” Cohen said. This often leads to the use of over-the-counter cough medications, which are potentially dangerous because of the possibility of accidental overdose, he said.
For this reason, “honey may be a preferable treatment for the cough and sleep difficulty associated with childhood [upper respiratory infection],” said Cohen, who also hails from Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Israel’s Tel-Aviv University.
“In light of our study, honey can be considered an effective and safe alternative, at least for those children over 1 year of age,” he said. http://ow.ly/cM7HC