Honey can ease child­hood cough

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Giv­ing a tea­spoon of honey to chil­dren with a cough be­fore they are go­ing to bed can ease their symp­toms and help them sleep more soundly, a study has found. Chil­dren aged one to five who were suf­fer­ing from throat in­fec­tions coughed less of­ten and slept bet­ter af­ter tak­ing 10g of honey be­fore bed­time, The Tele­graph News­pa­per re­ported. Honey's high lev­els of an­tiox­i­dants could make it a bet­ter al­ter­na­tive to cough syrups, many of which are not proven to work and which can be dan­ger­ous if par­ents ad­min­is­ter ac­ci­den­tal over­doses, they wrote in the Pe­di­atrics jour­nal.

The study in­volved al­most 300 Is­raeli chil­dren with throat in­fec­tions. Three quar­ters were given a tea­spoon of ei­ther eu­ca­lyp­tus honey, cit­rus honey or labi­atae honey be­fore bed, while the rest took a placebo. Be­fore and af­ter the treat­ment, par­ents were asked to score the sever­ity and fre­quency of their child's cough, how much it ap­peared to bother them, and how much it im­pacted on the child's and their own sleep, each on a scale from one to five.

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