Every mother agrees that it is tough to see their toddler struggling with a cough. Even though it is a natural way by which their body expels unwanted particles from the air passage, toddlers will have a terrible time till it is over. As the seasons change, toddlers are prone to cold and cough. But always relying on over-the-counter medicines is not advisable. So, here are a few natural remedies, which you can try at home.
Buckwheat honey is rich in antioxidants and it has antimicrobial properties. It is found to be very effective in reducing cough severity and improving sleep for children.1 For children younger than one year, however, honey is not considered safe. There is a risk of botulism.
Give 1.5 teaspoons of pure buckwheat honey prior to bedtime as a cough remedy. You can also mix 1 or 2 teaspoons of honey in a glass of warm water and feed the baby. Adding a dash of white pepper to honey will also comfort your toddler.
2. Lemon Juice
Vitamin C in lemon functions as an antioxidant, strengthening your kid’s immune system.
Take a glass full of warm water and add freshly squeezed lemon juice. Add a natural sweetener and stir the juice well. Giving a concoction of lemon, honey, and hot water can also soothe his/her throat.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Packed with nutrients, apple cider vinegar has strong antimicrobial properties. It can ward off your kid’s infections.
Add 1 teaspoon of honey and apple cider vinegar to a glass of water. Mix them well and give it your kid.
This is effective in clearing nasal and chest congestion. Breathing moist air will calm your kid.
Keep a humidifier or cool-mist vaporizer in your kid’s bedroom when he/she sleeps or plays. Or give your kid a steam bath. Exposing the kid to warm mist from a shower is also an effective remedy. There is another method. Take a bowl of hot water. Help your kid to cover his or her face with a towel. Let the kid inhale the steam slowly and deeply. Make sure that the kid is under your supervision while doing this.
5. Saline Solution and Drops
Saline drops loosen up the mucus and alleviate congestion. They keep your kid from a stuffed-up nose.
Add a teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water. Let him/her lie down on a bed. Pour a few drops into each nostril. Allow your child to remain in that position for some time so that saline drops flow into the nasal passages.
6. Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil loosens phlegm. Many people breathe in eucalyptus steam to get relief from bronchitis, cough, and the flu. In fact, many medicines to treat coughs contain eucalyptus.
Apply a few drops of eucalyptus oil on your kid’s dress or on the bed cover when he/she sleeps. Do not apply too much. Sometimes, its intense smell may irritate your toddler. However, do not use it for kids under two.
7. Warm and Clear Fluids
Warm fluids will be helpful in clearing the throat and soothing congestion. Let them drink clean water as much as possible. Juices of fruits like orange and apple will also help. And this is the best time to give them homemade chicken soup.
Your kid may not need any medicine if the symptoms do not bother him/her much. However, if a cough is severe and disturbs his/her sleep, then you should try these home remedies without any delay.
|↑1||Ashkin, Evan, and Anne Mounsey. “A spoonful of honey helps a coughing child sleep.” The Journal of family practice 62, no. 3 (2013): 145.|