Saturday, June 11, 2016

Honey Helps Treat Cough, Improves Sleep in Children

Is honey an effective treatment for acute cough in children?

Medwave. 2016 May 30;16(Suppl2):e6454

Cough represents one of the most common reasons for pediatrician consultations. There are many available treatments for symptomatic relief, including honey. Despite its wide availability, there is little knowledge about its benefits.

Searching in Epistemonikos database, which is maintained by screening 30 databases, we identified three systematic reviews including three randomized trials. We combined the evidence using meta-analysis and generated a summary of findings table following the GRADE approach.

We concluded the use of honey probably decreases the severity and frequency of cough, improves the quality of parent's and patient's sleep, and does not have side effects.

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