Cold season is in full swing, and that means your kids have likely been down with a cold at least once this winter already and you’re running out of cold remedies.
It should be noted that many of the over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicines we turn to as adults are not advised for children, especially those under six years of age. Here are a few medication-free, not-so-common cold remedies to help your child through their cold.
If you decide to receive pharmaceutical therapy with such drugs as Montelukast (Singulair) or Salmeterol (Serevent), you can choose from a range in Canadian pharmacy, a discount service for prescription medications. You will need a valid prescription, so we recommend talking to your doctor before making the purchase.
1. RUN A HUMIDIFIER OR VAPORIZER
Filling the air with humidity makes it easier to breathe, soothing the lungs and throat and preventing nasty coughing fits. You can even place a humidifier in your child’s bedroom overnight, so that they (and you) can get some rest without worrying about a long night of painful coughs.
Read more about vaporizer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaporizer_(inhalation_device)
2. SOAK THEIR FEET IN A HOT BATH
Everyone loves the feeling of warm water on their feet (especially when it comes with a foot rub). But the hot water also draws blood from the head and torso down into the feet, lessening the severity of congestion and soreness. Add Epsom salts and essential oils for an even more soothing experience.
3. BREW A CUP OF HOMEMADE CURE-ALL TEA
A good hot drink can go a long way in reducing the symptoms of a cold, clearing out your child’s system and brightening their mood. Thousands of recipes exist, but the traditional cold remedies consist of steeping lemon slices, fresh ginger, sage leaves and honey in boiling water.
4. DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has long been recognized as one of the best home cold remedies that can boost immunity and cleanse the lymphatic system—the unfiltered, unpasteurized variety is the most effective. Mix one part honey with one part ACV and microwave for a few seconds for a warm, symptom-soothing cold elixir.
5. MAKE VAPOR RUB CUBES FOR THE SHOWER
As in this recipe, you can put the benefits of a traditional chest rub into cubes that break down and release their healing vapors in the shower. Using only vapor rub, corn starch and water, these cubes will produce warm, soothing air for your child to breathe while they rinse all their germs off.
A parent’s tender loving care combined with these five cold remedies will have your kids feeling back to normal in no time. Need some more tips or expert advice from our knowledgeable pharmacists? Stop on by and we’ll help you find what your family needs.