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Honey or Cough Medicine?

honeybeResearchers say honey was better at cutting the severity, frequency and disturbance from night time coughs of those suffering upper respiratory infection. It also helped their sleep, suggesting parents may be wasting their money on expensive alternatives.
The study compared honey to dextromethorphan (DM), the active ingredient in many cough mixtures. Scientists found that DM made no significant difference to symptoms compared with having no treatment. Parents rated honey as significantly better than DM or no treatment, according to the journal Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
The researchers said that honey offered a “safe and legitimate alternative” to DM, which can occasionally cause severe side effects in children, including muscle contractions and spasms. Honey’s ability to help coughs may be due to the way it soothes on contact and stimulates saliva.

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