When your child has a medical issue, some parents don’t want to jump right into drug remedies. Sometimes they only treat certain symptoms, and the side effects of some can be dangerous for sensitive kids. Here are some natural remedies that often work, and are safe for children.
For children over 12 months old, honey has many medicinal effects. Honey in hot water with lemon can soothe a sore throat, and there are also several recipes mixed with honey that will soothe coughs naturally. When a child is dealing with local pollen allergies, eating local, unprocessed honey can help make their body more accustomed to the pollen and allergens in the air over time. Just make sure you have some honey ready to eat with every meal.
Chamomile helps calm colic in babies, and calms upset tummies in young children. It also is good for its relaxation, and has soothing qualities to help children sleep.
Ginger and ginger root is another good remedy for tummy issues in children. It is also antimicrobial and can kill the germs that cause colds, and help reduce fever. Ginger also has a soothing effect for cold symptoms when mixed with other herbs.
Saline can be used to soothe and moisten nasal passages, and soothe sore throats. Saline can be purchased at the store in drops, saline rinse, or netti pots, or made at home. Homemade saline is simple to make. Just mix ½ tsp of salt with 8 ounces of boiled or sterilized water. With lukewarm saline, squirt 2 or 3 drops of it in the nose, put it through the netti pot, or gargle it to help soothe cold symptoms.
Vapor rubs help children sleep better at night when they have colds or allergies. Vapor rubs can be purchased at a store, and many of them have mixtures that include eucalyptus, camphor, and menthol. However, children under 2 should not have menthol products. Look for products that have aloe, herbs, oils, beeswax and essential oils. These rubs can also be made at home.
There are many herbs that are used for medicinal purposes. For example, hyperactivity can be treated with certain herbs such as red clover, lime blossom, Valerian root, catnip, and lemon balm. Herbal medication can be purchased in pills, capsules, or liquid form. If you like to know what is in the capsules, capsule filling supplies can be purchased separately and filled at home with herbs purchased or grown yourself. Make sure you have a capsule filling guide handy so you know you’re getting a safe amount for your kids.
Doctors and drugs have their place at times. However, using these remedies can help a parent feel safer knowing that there is a more natural way to try to soothe that cold, quiet the tummy, and calm anxiety for their child.
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