KENNEWICK, Wash. - New research shows parents believe honey beats cough medicine when it comes to curing children's cough symptoms.
Researchers placed over 100 children with an upper respiratory infection on one of three treatment plans: a dose of honey, an over-the-counter drug, or no treatment at all.
Although there were no significant differences between medicine and honey, parents rated honey as the best treatment for cough relief.
"It's nice that there appears to be another option that is relatively safe and natural for people to use for the appropriate age," said Gary Podhaisky, Pediatrician, Kadlec Clinic.
However, pediatricians warn parents should not give honey to children under 12 months of age because of the risk of botulism.
The research appears in December's archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. The National Honey Board funded the study.