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Feasibility study: honey for treatment of cough in children

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Author(s): Naveed Ahmed | Alastair Sutcliffe | Claire Tipper

Journal: Pediatric Reports
ISSN 2036-749X

Volume: 5;
Issue: 2;
Start page: e8;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: upper respiratory infections | common cold | pediatrics | primary care | community medicine | common illnesses

ABSTRACT
Respiratory tract infections are an important health problem because of high incidence and economic costs. The World Health Organization identifies honey as a potential demulcent treatment for cough. The aim of this study is to determine: i) patient public perceptions towards a proposed randomized controlled trial (RCT) comparing the effects of honey to placebo for treatment of cough in children; ii) potential participation rates for proposed trial; iii) whether age and gender of parent or child impacts on proposed cough assessment tools. Forty adult participants with children age 1-6 years presenting with an upper respiratory tract infection were enrolled. They underwent a structured interview regarding the proposed trial and assessed their child’s cough using two validated questionnaires. Eighty-eight percent of those recruited were willing to participate in the proposed trial. The two independently validated cough scores correlated well. A relationship between age and gender of child or parent with cough assessment score was not found. We conclude that a RCT to determine the effects of honey versus placebo is feasible. The public find the outcome measures and trial design acceptable.
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