Bad night time cough? Try Honey!

A recent study showed significant improvements in children greater than 1  year of age when given 10gm of  honey 30 minutes before bed.  Positive effects were seen related  to cough frequency, bothersomeness of the cough , parent's sleep, cough severity, and childs sleep. Effects were attributed to potential antioxidant properties of honey.    Cough and cold preparations are discouraged for children due to potential harmful side effects as well as lack of efficacy.   It is nice that something simple without harmful effects can help night time cough.   It's important to note that not all coughs can be treated this way and if your childs cough is unusually severe, associated with irritability,  wheezing, shortness of breath or fever  than your child should be properly checked.