Safe Home Remedies for Your Child’s Cough, Cold, or Flu
Over-the-counter cold and cough medications can be dangerous for children under age 4 and aren’t effective for older kids. Fortunately, there are safe and comforting home remedies for kids of every age.
Studies show that stress plays a role in illness too. If your child is under pressure – because of school, friends, or something happening at home – giving him a break may be just what he needs.
Also, drinking plenty of fluids prevents dehydration, thins your child’s nasal secretions, and flushes them out. If your baby is younger than 12 months, simply breastfeeding or bottle feeding more frequently is the best way to keep her well hydrated. For older children, offer plain water.
Studies have also shown that chicken soup, both canned and homemade, actually relieves cold symptoms like aches, fatigue, congestion, and fever.