I’m sure you know the feeling. Your child gets a cough and your body cringes just listening to it. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if someone found a cure? Until that happens, we just have to let colds run their course, but here are a few simple ways I help my kids feel better while their immune systems battle it out.
Did you know that school-age children get on average 8-12 colds a year! Sounds miserable, but it doesn’t have to be.
Treating Cold and Cough Symptoms
The first step to treating colds is to have a good defense. I make sure my children are washing their hands before meals and extra during cold season (Sept. – April).
I also try to keep a cleaner home during this season by changing bedding often and disinfecting surfaces that are touched frequently; any handles, phones, and the bathroom.
For a cough or sore throat, I always have an over-the-counter medicine on hand for my eldest child (7), especially if she is loosing sleep because of it.
Sometimes it’s hard to give her this medicine because it tastes dreadful. She’ll wrinkle up her nose and stick out her tongue to show me how much she dislikes it. That’s why I recommend the all new Dr. Cocoa’s liquid cough and cold medicine for children ages 6-13.
In addition to the medicine, I’ll have my daughter gargle with salt water and if it is really bad, I’ll give her some honey candy or a throat lozenge right before she goes to bed.
I feel a lot better when I know my kids are getting a good night sleep. That is so important for them to be able to fight off their cold and it’s also important for me too. I could easily catch their cold if I’m not getting enough sleep.
For my younger kids and babies, I give them a little agave syrup and feed them cold things to help soothe their throat before bed.
When they do sleep, I run a cold mist humidifier and try to elevate their head a little by propping up their mattress with a towel.
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How do you keep your children comfortable when they have a cold? Please leave a comment!
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