Researchers found that honey was better at cutting the severity, frequency and disturbance from night-time coughs of those suffering upper respiratory infection, compared to an over-the-counter cough medicine.
The study found that a small dose of buckwheat honey given before bedtime provided better relief of night-time cough and sleep difficulty in children than no treatment or dextromethorphan (DM), the active ingredient found in many over-the-counter cough mixtures. Honey also showed a positive effect on the sleep quality of both the coughing child and the child's parents.
Scientists found that the cough medicine ingredient DM made no significant difference to symptoms compared with having no treatment for the 105 children aged two to 18 in the research. They were divided into groups receiving honey, a honey-flavoured DM medicine or no treatment about 30 minutes before bedtime. Parents rated honey as significantly better than DM or no treatment.
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Research Paper Details:
Paul IM, Beiler J, McMonagle A, et al. Effect of honey, Dextromethorphan, and No Treatment on Nocturnal cough and sleep Quality for Coughing children and Their Parents. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2007;161(12):1140-1146.
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