Your child has a cold or flu and you would like to do something to make it up to him? Then try these safe, gentle and effective home remedies for cold and flu for toddlers
Honey (for children aged 12 months and over)
Honey can help to soothes the throat and relieves when your kids has the cough.
In a study of Pennsylvania State University's College of medicine involving the parents of more than a hundred children from age 2 to 18 has founded if using honey to treatment nocturnal cough is more useful and better acts as a cough syrup.
Honey is often hard at room temperature. Fill a few spoonful of honey into a container and heat it in the microwave or bring hot water in some pan and put glass contain honey inside that hot water for five or ten minutes in order to make it softer.
You can used this home remedies for cough for kids if your child age is already one to five years old and you can gave your kids only half a teaspoon of honey. If your kids already reach six until eleven years old, you can give a teaspoon dosage of honey.
Some parents will mix the honey with hot water and add a splash of lemon, which delivers a little vitamin C along with the soothing honey.
Because honey has a naturally sticky sweetness, it is very important to brush your teeth, especially before going to bed.
Mild salt solution
According to a report published in 2008, experts have studied 390 children aged from six to ten years and found out that a nasal spray, which is made from sea water, gave cold symptoms faster relief than the standard medications for colds. It is not sure whether the salt just helps to remove the mucus, or positively affect trace elements in water. But other scientists who have studied the effect of saline nasal irrigation, also found benefits as a home remedies for cold and flu for toddlers.
You need a nose pot that looks like a small watering can or a tea pot. It is usually made of ceramic or metal. Nose pot can be purchased in pharmacies, health food store or health food store, drug stores and also online at a mail order.
Your child must be willing to cooperate and to participate in the procedure. They don't hurt, but initially a little strange. This is most definitely not for babies or toddlers. Older children (and adults) do with this perhaps. Some people find it great, while others find it terrible.
You must evaluate it first before you show your child how to use a nose pot. If you use it your kids can follow your lead to used it also
Here is the basic method:
- Fill a pot with warm salt solution.
- Lean over a sink, tilt your head to the side and place the spout of the jug deep into the nostril. The water flows gently through the nasal cavities and comes out of the other nostril. (Breathe during the flushing through the mouth.)
- Repeat this with the other nostril.
- It is perhaps the easiest, to practice this with your child in the bath or shower.
Note: Do not force a kid to do it. This must be a very gentle procedure. If the child struggling when doing this, it can possibly traumatized or damaged his nasal passages.
Nose Clean (for children from 2 years)
If the nose is free of the mucus, it helps your child breathing, sleep better and it feels better. And it looks even better!
What you need
- A pack of soft tissues.
How do you do that?
Many children do not have mastered this art before her fourth birthday, but some are willing to do that at the age of two.
Tips on how to teach a child the blowing your nose:
- Tell your child to do nose blowing or you can show it to the kids, some children no longer need example.
- Explain that the blowing your nose is like "inhale or smell in the opposite direction".
- A nostril to keep to your child and practice gently blow out the air from the other. A mirror or a small piece of tissue under the nose helps him to see his breath, too.
- Teach him, to blow the nose gently. To hard snorting can hurt the ears.
- Give your child his own small Pack of colorful paper handkerchiefs.
- Teach him to throw used tissues in the trash and to wash his hands after the blowing the nose.
- If your child's nose all full of snuffs and wounded because of too much brushing, you can apply a little Vaseline or some other ointment suitable for children to the nostrils.
Balloon Shot (suitable for babies)
There’s some case when you clean the nose of children who are too small to blow their own nose. A balloon shot is really useful, you can use it to a stuffy nose when breastfeeding or bottle drinking. Apply them 15 minutes beforehand.
Cleaning stuffy nose with a balloon syringe is for small babies. This procedure can be using to older children but there no reason to apply this.
What you need:
- A balloon shot
- Salt water solution
You can buy saline nose drops in bottles in the pharmacy or make your own.
The recipe for homemade saline nasal drops: Dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in 240 ml of warm water. Make it fresh each day and store it in a clean jar with lid. Bacteria can grow in this solution. Therefore, you should not more than 24 hours have to keep the salt solution.
How it is applied
- Tend your baby's head to the back and press salt solution into each nostril 10 to 20 drops, to dilute the mucus and to solve. Try then, approximately 10 seconds to keep his head still.
- Squeeze the balloon syringe and carefully insert the tip into his nostril.
- Slowly release the syringe to suck so the mucus and the salt solution.
- Remove the syringe and press the balloon, where you catch the mucus in a tissue.
- Wipe off the syringe and take the other nostril.
- Repeat the procedure if necessary.
Vacuum the nose of your babies only a few times a day free, because they may irritate the mucous membranes. Use the saline drops no longer than four days, because you can dry out the nose with the time, what may be exacerbated the condition.
If your baby with the syringe is really unhappy, use saline nose drops, and then gently wipe the nostrils with a cotton ball. This method doesn’t have the sucking force of the syringe, but it’s better than nothing!
Please be careful to not hurt your kids when doing home remedies for cold and flu for toddlers methods above, go meet your doctor for futher help if those method do not work for your kids.