A spoonful of honey may help soothe coughing among children too young for cough medicine, MedPage Today reported Aug. 6.
A 10-gram dose of honey 30 minutes before bedtime cut coughing nearly in half among children ages 1 to 5, researchers from Tel Aviv University in Israel found. The highly rigorous study followed 300 children with had upper respiratory tract infections, a nocturnal cough, and an illness duration of less than a week.
While the researchers are not sure why honey is so effective at treating coughs, honey’s antioxidant and antimicrobial properties are well-known. The findings show that all-natural honey could be ta good homeopathic cough treatment for younger children in the U.S., where most over-the-counter medication is restricted to ages four and older.
Infants, however, should not be given honey due to a risk of contracting infantile botulism, the researchers say.
The study appears online in the journal Pediatrics.
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