Home Remedies for Children’s Colds
Colds are no picnic for adults. They cause us to miss work, be less productive at home, and just plain feel awful. But when our kids get colds, it seems like it’s almost as rough on us as it is on them. It’s hard to see them feeling badly, and we tend to worry more about them than we do about ourselves when we are sick.
While there’s no cure for the common cold, there are remedies that can ease symptoms. Many of us are leery of over-the-counter cold medicines for kids, since most of them have been proven not to work in the first place and have questionable ingredients. Fortunately, there are some effective home remedies that won’t jeopardize our kid’s long term health. Here are some of the best:
* This remedy is as old as the hills: chicken soup is great for a cold. It contains cysteines, amino acids that thin mucus. It also has lots of the nutrients that we need when we have a cold. And since it’s served hot, it can help the sinuses drain. Best of all, most kids love it.
* Add some miso to beef, chicken or vegetable broth and give it to your child. Miso is a Japanese seasoning made from fermented soybeans that contains beneficial bacteria and lots of important nutrients. It is very easy to digest and therefore great to give to a sick patient. Be sure to add the miso after you are done heating the soup to avoid killing the bacteria.
* Honey mixed with lemon juice is great for soothing a sore throat and cough. Simply mix equal parts of each, and give your child a tablespoon every few hours. If your child will drink it, lemon and honey also work well when added to ginger tea.
* Saline nasal spray is great for clearing out mucus in the nose. It’s also quite simple to make at home. Just add 1/4 tablespoon of salt to 8 ounces of warm water. If you have an empty nasal spray bottle, you can use it just as you would a regular nasal spray. But it’s also effective to put a few drops into the nose with a dropper or syringe. A neti pot is also helpful.
* Try zinc or echinacea at the first sign of a cold. Some people find that these can reduce a cold’s severity and duration.
* Homeopathic remedies can be used for children’s colds. The remedy you choose will depend on the symptoms of your child, both physical and emotional. A basic kid’s kit will probably have the remedies you’ll most use for your children, as well as instructions on how to choose and use them.