Paul IM, et al.
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med.

Honey was more effective than dextromethorphan (DM) or no treatment in easing nocturnal cough symptoms and sleep difficulties associated with upper respiratory tract infections, according to a study of 105 youths ages 2 to 18 years.

Although coughs are common, there are no accepted therapies. The Academy does not support the use of DM, the most common over-the-counter antitussive,to treat cough in children. In addition, manufacturers recently removed from store shelves some cough and cold products, mostly for children under 2 years of age.

The Food and Drug Administration also is considering whether to recommend cough and cold medicines for children.

Honey, on the other hand, has been cited by the World Health Organization as a potential treatment for cough.

This study compared honey with honey-flavored DM and no treatment on nocturnal cough. Children with...

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