The child coughs, and the parents usually go to the pharmacy immediately to buy children’s cough syrup. Recently, Israel’s latest research allows parents not only to save money but also to save a lot of energy, because a better way to stop cough is the honey that is very common in our lives.
Israeli researchers studied 300 children between the ages of 1 and 5, when they had a cold and lasted for a few days. The researchers gave each child a teaspoon (10 grams) of honey and a teaspoon of syrup to the other children, but the children didn’t know. It was found that children who drank honey generally had better symptoms of cold, cough and improved sleep quality. The results have been published in the scientific journal Pediatrics. The honey used in the study mainly includes: eucalyptus honey, citrus honey, vanilla honey such as lavender or rosemary.
In this regard, Dr. Ian Paul, a pediatrician at Pennsylvania State University, pointed out that honey is rich in antioxidants that can help fight infections caused by colds. In addition, the thicker the honey, the richer the antioxidants. For the antitussive effect of honey, Dr. Paul explained that honey is thick, sweet and concentrated to increase salivation, help phlegm and lubricate the respiratory tract.
However, experts also reminded that honey is good, but not for children of any age. Children under one year of age should avoid drinking honey because they do not have enough immunity to fight a small amount of botulinum that may be present.