A spoonful of honey can relieve night time cough in children and help them sleep better. In comparison with the cough syrup ingredient dextromethorphan or no treatment, honey seems better. According to a study published in theĀ Archives of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, the results are so strong that we can easily say that honey is better than no treatment and dextromethorphan is not.

There is no proven treatment effective for cough due to an upper respiratory infection like the common cold. Dextromethorphan is commonly used for cough but there is no evidence that it works and moreover, it carries some risks.

Honey is used across the globe as a home remedy for cough, and might provide a safe, effective alternative to cough medicine.

Investigators compared buckwheat honey, a honey-flavored dextromethorphan preparation, and no treatment in 105 children seeking treatment for night time cough due to cold. Children who received honey exhibited the greatest reduction in cough frequency and severity, and the most improved sleep, as did their parents. Its sweet, syrupy quality seems to soothe the throat. Its high antioxidant content could also be a beneficial factor. Honey also has antimicrobial properties.

Honey is; however, not recommended for infants below one year of age due to the risk of botulism spores.