A recent study focusing on the benefits of honey for the treatment of nighttime cough in children found the use of honey to be more beneficial in comparison to conventional treatments.
The study included 139 young children (24-60 months of age) who were experiencing coughing from upper respiratory tract infections. The participants were randomly assigned to receive 2.5 milliliters of honey or one of two commonly used drugs, dextromethorphan or diphenhydramine, before going to sleep. A fourth group was randomly assigned supportive therapy and served as the control group.
After 24 hours, the researchers used a questionnaire to measure the benefit of each treatment based on cough frequency and quality of sleep in the children and their parents. The authors noted that there was a significantly larger decrease in coughing for the children treated with honey as opposed to the other three treatment groups.
Although this study suggests that there may be a potential benefit for the use of honey in the treatment of nighttime couching in children, further research is necessary.
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