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5 Natural Ways Parents Can Help Their Kids Overcome the Cold

A cold little girl lies in a sad bed.

Every parent dreads the moment that you hear your child coughing or sounding stuffed up. Fortunately, there are a host of natural ways that you can treat your child’s cold so that they feel better and find relief from their symptoms.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Making sure that your child is properly hydrated is one of the most important steps that you can take in helping them to recover quickly. Water transports nutrients throughout the body, helping it to stay nourished with what it needs to fight off the cold. Proper amounts of water will aid the cleansing and detoxification process in the body so that your child begins to heal. This will also help to loosen congestion and provide relief to your child. It is a good idea to avoid sugary and caffeinated beverages and focus your hydration efforts on water, natural juices, or clear broths. Warm liquids are particularly effective in delivering relief from congestion, sore throats, and dry coughs as they increase the mucous flow in the body.

Add Moisture to the Air

Dry air can make the symptoms of the common cold worse, making it more difficult to recover. You can negate this by adding moisture to the air with either a cool-mist vaporizer or a humidifier. Avoid using a steam humidifier that may cause burns to children. Either of these devices will add moisture that will help to loosen congestion in the chest. Be sure to change the water daily and clean the unit so that it does not add harmful particles back to the air. Ideal humidity levels in the home should be between 30% and 50%.

Try a Warm Bath or Steam Treatment

Breathing in warm and humid air has been shown to reduce the symptoms of the common cold in a natural way. You can try giving your child a warm bath and letting them soak in it to enjoy the therapeutic benefits. An alternative approach is to run a hot shower with the door closed so that warm air fills the bathroom. Encouraging your child to sit in this steam will loosen congestion, alleviate the symptoms of a dry cough, and help to relieve bronchial discomfort. When you are finished in the steam room, be sure to cool off gradually. While this effort will not cure a cold, it will provide relief to the major symptoms. This relief will help the body to heal more quickly and help your child to rest more comfortably at night when the symptoms may be at their height.

Treat With a Natural Cough Syrup

Not all cough syrups are created equal. You can help your child to feel better by giving them a syrup made with natural ingredients that lean on Mother Nature for its goodness in treating cold symptoms. Natural cough syrup with honey will mitigate uncomfortable coughing episodes while also soothing sore throats. As a natural cough suppressant, honey has been used for generations by parents looking to help their child feel better. The syrup from Smiley Honey contains both raw honey and elderberry, providing instant relief from many cold symptoms. You will feel good about giving your child this treatment that relies on the healing power of honey and elderberry to deliver relief.

Rest Up

Children are notorious for not wanting to rest. However, it is imperative that you make them slow down and get an abundance of rest while they are experiencing cold symptoms. The right amount of rest can boost the immune system so that your child is able to fight off the cold faster. Sleep will put the body in a position to battle the infection. In order to encourage rest in your child, you may want to consider relaxing screen time rules so that they are more content to simply lay down and watch television or play with an electronic device. Stocking up on their favorite books will also encourage them to slow down and give their body the time to heal.

You do not have to resort to medications when treating your child’s cold. These natural remedies will help to bring about relief and get your child back up on their feet in no time at all.

Tim Esterdahl

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