A growing body of recent research has highlighted various health benefits of honey. Now a new study illustrates another possible advantage of this ancient elixir: It seems that a spoonful of honey taken at bedtime may quell children’s coughs and assist sleep.
These findings are published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Results demonstrated that honey was more effective than the active cough syrup ingredient dextromethorphan.
As part of the analysis, 105 youngsters with nighttime cold-related coughs were given either buckwheat honey, honey-flavored dextromethorphan or no treatment at bedtime. Honey proved superior to the other interventions.
Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine – December 2007;161:1140-6. archpedi.ama-assn.org