Is it true that honey can help relieve your toddler’s cough? Should you try this natural remedy?
Yes, some studies have compared honey to cough medicines, and show it to be significantly better at soothing coughs, says Dr Natalie Epton, a specialist paediatrician and neonatologist.
That is regardless of whether it is manuka honey.
Remember that honey is suitable only for children from 12 months of age, because of the risk of botulism spores contaminating the honey.
If your child is under one year old, you should seek your doctor’s advice before giving any other form of medicine, as many are unsuitable for very young babies.
If your child has a cough that accompanies difficulty in breathing, fever or poor feeding, you should see a doctor immediately to make sure it’s nothing serious.
If she is otherwise well, try massaging some Vick’s Babyrub (also known as Snuffle Babe or Baby Balsam, suitable from three months of age) on her chest.
This has been proven in scientific studies to reduce night-time coughing.