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Monday, January 14, 2013

Colds and Kids

As the mother of a toddler and the wife of a public school employee, I am always worried about colds. Don't get me wrong, I can handle a cold and I don't really consider myself to be "sick" when I have a cold, but it breaks my heart when my son isn't feeling well. The slightest sniffle sends Mommy Brain into overdrive, I begin worrying about just about everything: his temperature, getting plenty of fluids into him, keeping him comfy.

As you might know, little children cannot safely take most medications intended to relieve a cold. I have heard Vicks Vapor Rub isn't safe for children either. Last week when my family came down with a nasty cold, I had to get creative to find relief for my son.

First things first, I aimed to keep his nose clear of mucus. A snotty nose is not fun for anyone, certainly not for someone that cannot blow their nose yet. We have a Snotarator which worked wonderfully for this. However, the snotty nose turned to a dry nose by the end of the day and I relied heavily on boogie wipes and a general saline spray in combination with the humidifier and I boiled a huge pot of water in the kitchen with cinnamon sticks for added moisture.

Next I gave my little one a nice warm Vapor bath to help him find relief.

Then I followed up with lots of fluids. To help his cough and scratchy throat I gave him 1 ounce of white grape juice to 7 ounces of water and I added a spoonful of local honey to the drink. This seemed to help him the most. Not only did he like the added sweetness the honey offered, but also he sounded better and was coughing less.

Finally, at bedtime we moved the humidifier into the room and I tried to keep him slightly elevated during the night.

I was relieved to see my son feeling better and ready to take on the world within 2 days. How do you comfort your children when they have a cold? I remember when I was a kid if I had a cold I got a dose of my Momawa's cough syrup (lemon, whiskey and honey) and it helped. My Momawa said "The lemon kills bacteria, the whiskey helps you sleep and the honey soothes."




27 comments:

  1. Honey is great for everything. For High Blood pressure, heart problems as well as colds and flus. Great article.

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  2. I have never tried honey. My daughter is sick right now she has a stuffy nose and a horrible cough. I am going to try to put honey in some juice. Thanks for the great idea

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  3. Great article. One of my boys tends to stay sick in the winter. We usually go for children Tylenol and use the vapor steamer. Also, lemon juice and red onions is a remedy that works.

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  4. My son gets colds all the time!! I hate it. We use a vapor steamer a lot in this house!

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  5. I HATE getting sick. I am so obsessive about people coming into my house when they are sick! I'm not kidding! There are surgical face masks by my front door.

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  6. Humidifiers work really great. I used one all the time when I was younger. Along with vicks.

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  7. Lots of hot water and vitamin C

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  8. I don't have children, but generally when my nieces/nephews are sick they get Tylenol or Ibuprofen for fever, cough meds/decongestants that are safe for them, warm baths with vapor, the children safe vapor rub (not sure if they still make it), and lots of fluids, chicken soup, frozen fruit bars for sore throats, etc.

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  9. We use a humidifier at night when the kids are sick, and I keep them full of plenty of fluids and spoonfuls of honey.
    madmegid at yahoo dot com

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  10. I try to let the child get plenty of rest and liquids. Saline nasal sprays work nicely too, if you can get the child to use it.
    twinkle a optonline dot net

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  11. Saline spray is the best!! We also use a vaporizer and homemade popsicles if they have a sore throat.

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  12. I dont have children yet but i know I would do anything to keep my child safe, I know this is weird but i heard that an onion can help catch the bacteria in a room, if you set it on your side if you think you are getting sick.

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  13. When my daughter was little I gave her children's tylenol for fever,lots of fluids and lots of love.I know it's horrible seeing our kids sick especially when they're so little.

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  14. I always drink lots of tea with honey and lemon

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  15. I treat a cold with hot tea and honey

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  16. We drink tea and honey and chicken soup too.

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  17. Get lots of rest,drink lots of water & juice and make your older kids wait on you. :)

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  18. honey is the go to cure for so many things, most importantly things like this. And vicks...it helps clear out that gunk like miracle worker :)

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  19. A fun trick I've learned is to put Vicks, or a similar product on kids feet with socks. It stops their coughing almost immediately. My son has asthma, so we also do breathing treatments with a nebulizer. I use tea tree oil in his humidifier mixed with another, better smelling oil to help disinfect, and calm coughs. It really works wonders. I make sure that I buy the kinds of oils you can ingest so it is safe.

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  20. I think the most important thing is to get plenty of rest!

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  21. Drink hot tea with honey and saline nasal sprays are great.
    twinkle at optonline dot net

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  22. honey is great - especially for a sore throat! there are so many natural ail,ents when we usually just grab whatever the pharmacy sells us! We just give them hot baths and sleep.

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  23. Tea with honey to soothe the throat and lemon to break up any mucus.

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  24. I also do tea with honey, lots of time in bed, extra hugs, soup.

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