Placebo better than watchful waiting for cough

A placebo of sugar water is safer than honey and more effective than no treatment for young children’s cough symptoms, research shows.

It suggests that a placebo could help children more than watchful waiting and may reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing.

Since 2009, the TGA has recommended that over-the-counter cough and cold medications be avoided in young children due to their unproven efficacy and potential adverse