Water – water helps to break down mucous and keep your child hydrated. Do not give to infants as they require breast milk or formula.
Ginger Tea – Boil 3-4 slices of ginger in a cup of water to help with their cough.
Saline Solution – can help relieve congestion and soothes irritated nasal passages
Gargling – gargling with saltwater helps to thin mucous
Chicken soup – yes it is true! Chicken soup has anti-inflammatory properties and is great for colds
Vicks Vapor Rub – you may be thinking of only using this on the chest but try slathering some on the feet at night. I put socks on after so the sheets do not get ruined. Science does not know why this old remedy works, but it does
Honey – you can give it straight or add other cold fighting ingredients to the mix. ½ tsp for children 2-5, 1 tsp for children 6-11 and 2 tsp. for children 12 and older. Give every 2 hours
Mix 1 tsp honey with 1 Tbl freshly squeezed lemon juice. Stir with a little water and give 2-3x day
For those more adventurous try this recipe:
1 lemon – use a juicer to extract juice and then add the pulp. Grate 1-3 heads of garlic (you may want to start with 1) add equal amount of honey to amount of lemon juice you squeezed. Stir together and put in a container. Keep in refrigerator and give a tablespoon every 2-3 hours or as needed.
You should use local ingredients and local honey for the best quality. For those in the
area try Jorgensen Apiary located in Cleveland . Or visit their website @ https://www.jorgensensapiary.com/honey/view-all-products.html to view their honey products. Olmsted Falls