A study (backed by the National Honey Board) found that honey is a more effective and safer alternative to over-the-counter cough medicines.
Honey helps calm coughs by dissolving mucus and coating sore throats. Honey also has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.
The study suggests that parents should consider honey “as an alternative to cough medicine for children over age 1.”
'Tame a Child’s Cough With a Touch of Honey' By Nicholas Bakalar Published New York Times: December 11, 2007