No matter how much we try to prepare, colds in January always seem to catch us off guard, and it's even worse when your kids are sick. Sometimes the best remedies are the ones that seem the most obvious, here are our favorite tips to get them (or you!) feeling 100% again.
Sleep. Sleep is one of nature’s most powerful healing tools. So, if your child has a cold, encourage as much sleep as possible for faster recovery. Also, elevating the mattress at the head can help with sleep when a little one is congested.
Moist air. A good humidifier will get you through cold season. We prefer the cold air humidifier, but make sure to clean it often as mildew grows quickly in this wet environment.
Fluids. This is a no brainer, but always worth repeating. Best fluids, again, are the obvious: water (we like mineral), juices (we prefer all natural, no sugar added), all natural juice pops, and non-caffeinated herbal teas.
Saline nasal spray. Just a few drops can help sooth a sensitive nose, providing much needed relief. You can easily make your own. Just add 3 teaspoons of salt to a pint of warm water. You can purchase a syringe for application at any drugstore. Tip: blow before you apply and don’t blow afterwards for a minute.
Nose strips. These are a great way to open the nostrils and allow air in – helpful for encouraging a good night sleep.
Chicken soup. The elixir has natural anti-inflammatory properties and the warmth of the liquid soothes the throat while loosening congestion.
Honey. Yes, it’s true, honey does help sooth a throat and aid healing. In fact, a study that compared a dose of dextromethorphan against honey found the golden, sticky syrup the winner. Best not to give to kids under 1 years of age as it can cause botulism.