As a parent, there’s nothing worst than feeling helpless when it come to your children. You want to do everything in your power to make sure they stay safe and are well protected against anyone and anything. So when it comes to the common cold and other viruses that need to “run it’s course”, unfortunately there’s not magical solution to automatically make our children feel better so there isn’t much we can physically do.
Steele has never really been sick but recently has been fighting cold symptoms & a lingering cough for over a week now. I’m sure our move back to NYC and the change in weather hasn’t helped at all. My heart hurts to watch her struggle with any discomfort and pain or see her toss and turn at night. Our goal has been to take the more natural, holistic route when it comes to Steele’s health and the medicine/care we give her, so below are a few natural remedies and tips to try when your kiddies are battling the sickies:
- VAPOR RUB – I decided to make a homemade vapor rub instead of going with the traditional Vicks, to avoid the added ingredients. There are many recipes out there but the one I made consisted of virgin coconut oil, sweet almond oil, beeswax, tea tree oil & eucalyptus oil. Honest brand also has an “Organic Breathe Easy Rub” that is great as well. Just rub the mixture on your babies chest/neck/back to help soothe and comfort. Also massaging on the feet before bedtime and covering with socks should help them sleep better.
- ELDERBERRY SYRUP/DROPS – elderberry is a plant that can be used as a natural immune system booster. I’ve been giving Steele the syrup every few hours (as a substitute for traditional cough syrup) but the drops can be mixed into a liquid and used as well.
- SNIFFLE SUPPORT – I have’t tried these yet (the product has been sold old everywhere I go – tis the season, right?!) but I’ve heard great things about Gaia Kids Sniffle Support Herbal Drops, which can help normalize mucus production and restore the immune system back to it’s base levels.
- MANUKA HONEY – it’s expensive but well worth it! Among many other benefits, Manuka stops the growth of sore throat-causing Strep bacteria and helps build immunity. (NOTE – children under the age of 1 should not have honey of any kind).
- ECHINACEA TEA / LEMON – another immune system booster and the warm liquid & lemon combination with help soothe a sore throat.
- FLUIDS, FLUIDS, FLUIDS – load up on warm or very cold liquids to help thin out mucus, which can make it easier to cough up anything clogging the nose & throat. Also, liquids can soothe a raw throat while keep kiddies hydrated.
- HOT BATHS & STEAM SHOWERS – hot baths & steamy showers can help loosen up the chest and a stuffy nose. I also added a few drops of essential oils to the bath as well for added aromatherapy.
- HUMIDIFIER – a cool-mist humidifier is a MUST! Humidifiers add moisture back to the air, which can help ease coughing and congestion caused by a cold.
Any parents out there struggling to find something that will help relive some of their child’s discomfort when it comes to fighting sickness, I really hope this helps. And as always, please consult your child’s pediatrician if you have any specific questions.
Sending lots of love & good healthy vibes!