As we get into the winter months, it seems that our kids pick up illness some way or another. While we try to build up our children’s immunity so they won’t get as sick (we use elderberry syrup and Juice Plus!) it’s still likely that they’ll get sick from time to time.
Four Ways to Treat Your Child’s Cough Naturally
My 4 year old son and 2 year old daughter had a bad respiratory bug last week and the two-year old is just getting over hers for good. It got me thinking about some ways that we treat our children’s coughs naturally that have been helpful in alleviating the symptoms and comforting them as their body fights the virus. Here are our four tried and true methods!
Use a Diffuser or Humidifier
Using a warm mist humidifier (if your child will leave it alone) or a cool mist humidifier (if they won’t) is a great way to get moisture into the air during the dry months of the year. We don’t turn it up too high at night because their room turns into a sauna but having a low stream of humid air running through the room really helps. We often use a diffuser and put in a few drops of therapeutic grade essential oils like lavender, a safe eucalyptus and roman chamomile. We use this diffuser in their room at night and out in the living areas during the day. There are some humidifiers that are made to be used as diffusers as well.
Just a Spoonful of Honey
Honey is great for soothing irritated throats. Many studies have proven honey to be more effective at treating coughs than conventional medicines. We get our honey raw from a local friend but you can use a dark, “plain” honey from the grocery store as well. Darker honeys have more antioxidants, which is where the healing power is found, so choose a buckwheat honey if you can, but using any type can be helpful!
Do not give honey to a child under 12 months!
Dairy increases mucous production in your body, which is just going to make congestion worse when your child has a cough/cold. Keep your child from going through the burden of coughing up additional mucous. Of course, if you’re breastfeeding or formula feeding, you don’t need to eliminate that, but controlling your own intake of dairy if breastfeeding can help!
Use an All Natural Vapor Rub, like Maty’s Baby Chest Rub
As a family, we prefer to minimize our use of products that contain petroleum, a main ingredient in some mainline brands of vapor rub. I was recently given the opportunity to try Maty’s All-Natural Vapor Rub and Baby Chest Rub. It couldn’t have come at a more perfect time!
I used it to treat our four and two year old and was highly impressed with both the vapor rub, which I used on myself and the four year old and the baby chest rub, which I used on the two year old. I was happy to see that all of the ingredients, including chamomile, lavender and coconut oil are safe and natural. No menthol or petroleum included. The eucalyptus oil used in their product is safe for babies too. The smell is actually very pleasant too, which I love! I don’t have to worry about my little ones accidentally getting some on their fingers and ingesting it, but if you are concerned about that, just put it on their feet!
As a side note, there is no corn, dairy, wheat, soy or yeast in Maty’s products, which is essential for those with allergies and sensitivities.
The two biggest things that impressed me about Maty’s chest and vapor rubs were:
- They work–both on adults and kids.
- They are extremely affordable.
These things are huge for me, because we love natural products but cannot afford to pay out the nose for them. Some products can get very expensive! Maty’s is available at many stores for a very reasonable price, such as Walmart, for under $5, which is similar in price to mainline brands of vapor rubs. Besides vapor rubs, they also make cough syrup, baby ointment and other health products.
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What remedies have you found to be effective for treating your children’s coughs?
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