Honey can ease childhood cough
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.