Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant widely used to treat cold symptoms and related sleep problems in children. Now a recent study finds that a spoonful of honey given to kids at bedtime may be a more effective way to ease cold symptoms and sleep trouble. The study was based on 105 children between the ages of two and eighteen who were given either honey, honey-flavored dextromethorphan, or no treatment for cold symptoms. The results showed that a dose of honey was significantly better at reducing both nighttime cough and sleep difficulties among kids, suggesting to the authors that honey may be a safe and well-tolerated alternative to dextromethorphan.

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