Honey can help coughing in children over one years old
A new study published in Pediatrics journal has found that giving children a teaspoon of honey before they go to bed can relieve the symptoms of a cough and help them to have a better sleep.
by Louise-Anne Geddes, Mindful Mum, 6th August 2012
EDITORS NOTE: Please be aware that honey should not be given to infants (babies under 12 months old). For more information on food that babies should avoid click here.
The study examined 300 Israeli children from the ages of one to five who were suffering from upper respiratory tract infections and nocturnal coughs from six general pediatric community clinics. Eligible children received a single dose of 10 g of eucalyptus honey, citrus honey, labiatae honey, or placebo administered 30 minutes before bedtime. Main outcome measures were cough frequency; cough severity, bothersome nature of cough, and child and parent sleep quality.
The study found that in all three honey products and the placebo group, there was a significant improvement from the night before treatment to the night of treatment. However, the improvement was greater in the honey groups for all the main outcome measures.
The researchers found that:
“Parents rated the honey products higher than the silan date extract for symptomatic relief of their children’s nocturnal cough and sleep difficulty due to URI. Honey may be a preferable treatment for cough and sleep difficulty associated with childhood URI”.
Source: Pediatrics Journal, Effect of Honey on Nocturnal Cough and Sleep Quality: A Double-blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Study, 6th August 2012
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