When your child is sick with an Argyle cold/flu, you want to help them feel better. Although over-the-counter medications may reduce symptoms, they have adverse effects. Furthermore, children under the age of four might not be safe around them. Fortunately, you can use easy solutions available at home to relieve your child’s cough, fever, congestion, and pains.
Here are home remedies for your child’s cold or flu:
1. Hot or warm drinks
Warm or hot beverages are great toddler cough cures because they thin out mucus and make it easier to cough up. Additionally, drinks keep your child hydrated and soothe a sore throat.
Hot ones are the best drinks to relieve cold and flu symptoms. Hot beverages may help to relieve runny nose, coughing, sneezing, sore throat, chills, and weariness. However, a warm, room-temperature drink alleviates symptoms, including a runny nose, cough, and sore chest.
2. Chicken noodle soup
The anti-inflammatory qualities of chicken soup may help treat your child’s flu. Its warm temperature can aid with stuffy noses and soothe sore throats. It also works as a vaporizer to help break up mucus in the nasal passages. Additionally, as mucus going down the throat rather than out the nose frequently contributes to a cough and sore throat, being able to expand the nasal passages and help clean them can also help stop coughing.
The soup contains the right ingredients to keep you hydrated, making it the perfect lunch for anyone feeling under the weather. It makes sense why a cup of chick soup may feel like a warm embrace.
3. Use a humidifier
If your child experiences nighttime coughing, keep a cool-mist humidifier in their room to help clear up the chest and nasal congestion. When used in conjunction with other treatments like rest, drinking plenty of fluids, and ingesting honey, a cool air humidifier can help alleviate coughing and other cold and flu symptoms. Although it won’t eliminate the problem, it will undoubtedly make your child feel better, particularly at night when coughing can be severe.
Follow the manufacturer’s directions when cleaning the appliance properly and change the water daily to prevent bacteria and mold growth. Another alternative is to let your youngster take a warm shower or sit in a steamy restroom.
4. Soothing treats
Children four and older can chew on hard candies without added sugar, frozen berries, sore throat, or cough lozenges. Crushed ice or a Popsicle are excellent options for younger children with a scratchy throat that makes them cough.
It is okay for babies as young as six months old who have started eating solids to munch on frozen meals stored in a baby mesh bag. A sore throat and cough might be relieved by putting frozen fruit, yogurt, or even an ice cube in a mesh bag to avoid choking hazards.
Give children aged one or older 1⁄2 to 1 teaspoon of honey as necessary to soothe a cough. However, avoid giving love to newborns. They could have infantile botulism, a disease. Rather, use 1 to 3 tablespoons of a warm, clear liquid, like apple juice or water.
If your child’s flu or cold does not respond to the home remedies, take them to the doctor immediately. Call Argyle Pediatrics to schedule your appointment for cold and flu treatment.