It’s autumn, and the first cold winds are blowing through. Kids are confined to small classrooms and indoor activities. It’s no surprise when you hear that unwelcome *cough-cough” at bedtime. It’s cold season, after all…
So what can you do to help bring relief to an itchy, burning throat that leaves your kiddos coughing most of the night? Well, before you reach for that nasty-tasting bottle of Tussin-DM, consider an old home remedy that has now been proven to be very effective – raw honey! (Choose raw, local honey when available).
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published a study comparing the effect of Honey versus Dextromethorphan (used in Robitussin, NyQuil, Dimetapp, and Vicks), and Diphenhydramine (found in Benadryl, Nytol, Unisom, Tylenol PM, Midol PM and Advil PM) on the nightly cough and sleep quality of children and their parents.
This was a clinical trial study in which 139 children aged 24–60 months suffering from coughing due to upper respiratory infections were selected and assigned randomly to 4 groups. The first group received honey, the second one DM, the third DPH, but the fourth group or control group was assigned to a supportive treatment.
After approximately a 24-hour intervention, the 4 groups were reexamined and their cough frequency, cough severity, and sleep quality in children and their parents were recorded.
The result of the study demonstrated that receiving a 2.5 mL dose of honey before sleep has a more alleviating effect on a cough than does a dose of these popular over-the-counter drugs.