As a Mom a sniffle, quickly followed by another, always means I need to pull out all the stops.
Super Mom has to jump into action to fight off yucky cold germs from infesting Planet Home.
And NO! I refuse to run to the medicine cabinet to pull out medicines because most often than not that cold can be nipped in the bud with a little “natural” force.
So the next time you reach for that expectorant or cold medication, try out one or all of these
5 ways to naturally nip that cold in the bud.
1. Drink up!
To relieve that itchy throat and ward away that cold from progressing, drink a glass of warm lemon juice with honey. The citrus content is great for your body and the honey relieves the itchiness and even a developing cough. At times I even boil some ginger grates/chunks in water and once this cools, add the lemon juice and honey into the same. The flavors are pretty strong but they work wonders!
2. Blow, blow, blow your nose! (Sung to the tune of “Row Row Row Your Boat”!)
Nothing helps as much as blowing out a stuffy nose. Now little ones may find it harder to blow out all that’s necessary, so that’s where a little saline goes a long way. We always keep two bottles of Little Remedies Saline Spray in our medicine cabinet, for those “stuffy days”. 100% natural, this salt solution loosens and flushes out the contents in one’s nose beautifully. This definitely helps stop an infection from hitting the sinuses!
3. Feed a cold. Starve a fever.
Eat well. Load up on all those fruits and veggies. My my kiddos feel a little under the weather, they plead for a big bowl of my chicken veggie noodle soup (I promise to share the recipe soon!) or tomato soup. I have to add here that homemade chicken soup is huge on medicinal content. The Mayo Clinic says that a bowl of chicken soup acts as an anti-inflammatory and helps speed up the movement of mucus. (Hmmmm. Interesting! We all learn something new, right?)
But if your little one does start to burn up with a fever, consider trying the Little Remedies Fever/Pain Relievers. This does reduce the fever and the aches that come associated with a burn up. And the dosing instructions more accurate (Little Remedies is the first children’s medicine brand to adopt AccuSafe dosing where adults use a syringe to pull in the required dosage via the flow restrictor outlet on the medicine bottle.) The mix is also totally free from dyes, alcohol, saccharin, gluten and artificial flavors. It’s definitely your more natural grab if you think of picking up an over-the-counter medication.
4. Throat-ally safe!
Most often than not, the sniffles come accompanied by the starts of a sore throat. Now there are different ways to help relieve and stop a sore throat from developing. The most common is gargling with warm water and generous doses of salt. This past month when Bunny girl complained of a terribly sore throat we tried something new and it had great results. She gargled with a cup of warm water that included 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and that helped nip that infection in the bud!
Little Remedies has also come out with a Honey Elixir that works as a great natural soother for a sore throat and coughs as well. What’s great is it acts just like a cough expectorant would BUT is 100% free from saccharin, alcohol, artificial flavors, artificial coloring and dyes. And this is safe for kids aged 1 years and older (Yay!)
5. Rest it out.
Allowing a weary body fighting off cold germs to rest is so important. And honestly if your little one sleeps off that cold all day, you will see the difference the next day.
To help my little ones rest comfortably, especially with a stuffy nose, I ensure they…
- Sleep on propped up pillows and
- Have a little menthol based balm rubbed onto their chest, back and the soles of their feet and
I also make sure I leave a pack of Boogie Wipes close by (and an empty bowl just in case anyone feels like coughing up the phlegm and can’t get to the bathroom fast enough!)
And yes, before and after I do all this I pray over my little ones.
So tell me…