Honey Better Than Drugs for Kids’ Coughs

By Kay on Tue, Dec 4, 2007

General, PreSchoolers, Toddlers

Parents might consider giving their coughing child honey instead of medicine, according to a study released Monday.

Buckwheat honey — a dark variety sold in most grocery stores — relieved children’s coughs and helped them sleep better than dextromethorphan, the drug in most over-the-counter cough suppressants, according to a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Honey also beat out no treatment at all.

“(Honey) is a cheap and effective treatment,” said Dr. Ian Paul, lead investigator for the study. “Consider using this as a treatment before going to the pharmacy to pick up an over-the-counter cough and cold medicine.”

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