It’s hard to sleep when you have dry cough or a stuffy nose. This leads to restlessness and irritability, which we all know is a not good on anyone, especially children. If your child has a simple cough or a cold, the best way to make them feel better is to make them comfortable while they fight the virus.
According to Children’s Hospital at Montefiore’s Catherine Tom-Revzon, who is the Petdiatrics Clinical Pharmacy Manager, cough suppressants make children dizzy or hyperactive. She recommends trying some home-made natural remedies to ease toddler cough and colds.
Give him honey
According to recent studies, honey is ideal for relieving cough compared to over the counter medicines. It is also known to help children sleep better when they’re sick. Best of all, kids love honey because it’s sweet and delicious! Buckwheat, or any dark honey is most ideal because they have more antioxidants than other varieties.
Half a teaspoon is recommended for kids 1-5 years, while kids 6-11 can enjoy a teaspoonful. Don’t give honey to children less than 1 year of age.
Prepare a salt water gargle
If your child is big enough and knows how to spit liquids without swallowing any, a salt water gargle is a good remedy for cough and throat irritation. Salt has powerful antibacterial properties that’s why saltwater has long been used as a cough remedy.
Simply mix 1/2 teaspoon of salt with lukewarm water and have your little one gargle the mixture.
Keep him hydrated
Keeping kids hydrated at all times is a must, what more if they’re sick? Have your child drink plenty of fluids – this soothes their sore throat and thins out mucus, which makes it easier to cough up. If they prefer something with taste, offer warm or cold juice or decaffeinated tea with honey for older kids.
Serve chicken noodle soup
Ever wonder why your mom would always make chicken noodle soup every time you’re under the weather? It’s because the warm soup helps loosen up mucus in the nasal passages, acting as a vaporizer. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, making it an effective remedy for cough and colds.
Prop up your little one when sleeping
Your child will be able to breathe easier and sleep better if they sleep in a propped up position. This allows the airways to open, draining the mucus. Add an extra pillow under your toddler’s head at night to achieve this.
Don’t worry – your little one will be better before you know it. Just follow these simple yet effective natural remedies for toddler cough and colds.
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