A recent study just published online in the journal “Pediatrics” and carried out by Israeli researchers, examined the effect of giving 312 children between the ages of 1-5, who had coughs associated with upper respiratory infections (URI’s),  either,  10 grams of honey (1/2 tablespoon) or placebo, 30 minutes before bedtime.

Parent surveys reported back to the physicians as to whether or not coughing frequency in the children changed. The parents were also asked to report back as to whether coughing was less severe and if there was a change in sleep for both the child and the parents?

The results indicated that for the group of children taking honey there were significant improvement in all outcomes being measured and it didn’t make a difference as to what kind of honey was given.  (Citrus, eucalyptus, labiatae)

The World Health Organization also recommends the use of honey for cough in young children associated with upper respiratory tract infections.

 

Curt Hendrix M.S. C.C.N. C.N.S.

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