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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Natural Cough Remedies for Children

Children get an average of 6-10 colds a year. While you may be tempted to reach for over the counter medicine you may want to reconsider. All the recalls on cough medicines and the FDA warnings about children and cough medicine would make any parent want an alternative. Luckily there are many solutions you can make at home that will help with your kids cold. As always, you should not give children under the age of 1 any honey and if your child’s cough is persistent or gets worse see your doctor.

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 Cleveland area try Jorgensen Apiary located in Olmsted Falls. Or visit their website @ to view their honey products.

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