Children's Cough May Benefit From Buckwheat Honey

"Cough is the reason for nearly 3 percent of all outpatient visits in the United States, more than any other symptom, and it most commonly occurs in conjunction with an upper respiratory tract infection", according to an article in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. The article also revealed that if a child has a cough and cold, a single dose of buckwheat just before bedtime may relieve the cough and help him/her sleep better, compared to giving nothing or an OTC (over-the-counter) cough medicine. A cough can seriously disrupt a child's sleep. The researchers found that honey helped children the most by far, followed by dextromethorphan. Honey helped alleviate the following problems - cough frequency, cough severity, the child's sleep, and the parents' sleep.