Cold and cough are two main common problems that every individual quickly gets affected with. Kids especially are more vulnerable to these viruses.
Here are few home remedies for your kid to keep them at bay and cure them.
Practically 80 percent of infectious diseases, including the common cold, are spread through touch, so it's crucial for your child to wash his hands a lot. To make sure he scrubs for enough time. Alcohol-based hand wipes or sanitizers are good options for when you're on the go.
Provide sweet relief. Recent studies show that honey is better than cough medicine for relieving coughs and helping a sick child sleep better. Honey mixed with pepper serves as the best relief for a bad cold and cough.
Soups also serve the purpose of curing cold.Its proved that chicken soup has anti inflammatory properties. So it would be a wise idea to serve your child a hot cup of soup.
Warm or very cold liquids thin out mucus, making it easier to cough up. Plus, liquids soothe a raw throat and keep kids hydrated. Have your child drink ice water, cold or warm juice, or decaffeinated tea mixed with honey.
If your kid’s cold is worse that it disturbs his breathing, a nasal spray would be better option. It helps to prevent the block and eases the breathing.
Studies in the past have found that two of the most popular natural remedies for colds -- vitamin C and zinc don't actually prevent colds or reduce their symptoms. One study showed that zinc may be helpful when swabbed directly on nasal passages, but you might want to hold off on trying it on your own family until more testing is done.
7. Steaming is known as a famous remedy for cold and cough since ages. Use a humidifier or a cool-mist vaporizer in your child's bedroom when she's sleeping, resting, or playing in the room. Give your child a warm bath in a steamy bathroom. Let a hot shower run for a few minutes before getting the tub ready.
8. When kids are too young to blow their nose well, saline drops or a bulb syringe can clear his nose. Using a bulb syringe works best for young babies, especially if a stuffy nose interferes with breastfeeding or bottle-feeding. (Try using it about 15 minutes beforehand.) But if your older child doesn't mind the procedure, there's no reason not to do it.
It takes energy to fight an infection, and that can wear out a child (or an adult). When your child rests, he's healing, which is exactly what he needs to do. Studies show that stress plays a role in illness too. If your child is under pressure because of school, or friends, or something happening at home giving him a break may be just what he needs.
A neti pot flushes a mild saline solution through the nasal passages, moisturizing the area and thinning, loosening, and rinsing away mucus. Think of it as nasal irrigation. According to one European report, researchers studied nearly 400 children ages 6 to 10 and found that a nasal spray made from seawater relieved cold symptoms faster than standard cold medications.