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Cough Remedies For Children
It's hard to watch your child suffering through fits of coughing, especially in young children where it is not recommended to administer and kind of cough medication. Children get six to ten coughs/colds a year on average, and most last anywhere from seven to ten days. Also, if your child is experiencing a fever as well, there is the fear of an infection taking place. Below are some great home remedies that you can use to relieve the symptoms of a cough/cold, and help build their immune system to prevent an infection from settling in.
Water and Juice
Make sure your child is drinking a lot of fluids throughout the day, especially water. This will assist in loosening up mucous in your child's respiratory system, making it easier for them to cough it up. Juice is good too, but keep it to a minimum and make sure it's natural, no sugar added. I don't think Kool-Aid would be considered beneficial.
I love giving my daughter fruit smoothies; she loves them, and they are packed full of essential nutrients and vitamins to help build her immune system. Here is a quick recipe.
- 1 cup of 100% orange juice
- 1/4 cup of natural yogurt
- 1 banana
- 1 cup of frozen berries and fruit of your choice
Blend together in a blender and serve. Make sure to include berries, especially cranberries and blueberries as these are natural infection fighters and contain plenty of antioxidants.
Blueberries are amazing. They have the highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruit. Also they are a great immune builder and an effective antibacterial to prevent infections. Give your little one a handful of these, or do what I do, pop them in a blender with some orange juice and make popsicles out of them, your child will eat them right up, and it'll be a temporary relief for their sore throat too.
A Bath or Humidifier with Eucalyptus Oil
Run a nice warm bath for your child, include bubbles and toys to make it fun for them, and keep them in the tub for a little longer. When running the water, add 2-4 drops of eucalyptus oil, the steam from the bath will release the oil into the air. If using a humidifier, add a couple of drops to the water, or of you humidifier is like mine, it might have a little basin you can add the oil to, which acts almost like an aromatherapy burner. Cool Mist humidifiers are best for young children as there is no risk of accidental burning. Eucalyptus oil is a natural antiseptic and when the vapor is inhaled, it's an effective decongestant. However, this treatment is not recommended for children 2 and under, and if you have any concerns, address them with your physician first.
Echinacea for Kids
Echinacea is known for its anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. It has been used for centuries as a sort of cure-all because of it's medicinal benefits. Now, again, echinacea is an herbal remedy which is not recommended for children 2 years of age and under, and you may want to consult your doctor about giving it to your child. From my experience though, I bought a bottle of kids echinacea tablets when she was trying to fight off a cold. I would crush a tablet and mix it into her juice and I found her cold didn't last nearly as long. Echinacea is an immune booster, many adults take it regularly to keep from getting sick, and with great success. Consider this remedy next time your child develops a runny nose.
Being a parent means keeping your cool when your child gives you a hug and leaves a glob of snot on your shoulder, for better or worse you will always be there parent. I know what it's like to deal with a little one who is sick and irritable, try one or a couple of these remedies and see if they help.