Every time your 5-year old child suffers through a bad cold and finds it difficult to breathe, you feel helpless. Colds usually run their course in 8 to 10 days and there is no medicine that can cure a cold.
However, cold remedies can help bring relief in the symptoms like stuffy head and difficulty sleeping, of oh-so-common-cold.
As experts increasingly recommend avoiding over-the-counter medications for cold relief, parents of young children feel the need to try tried and tested home remedies.
Take a look at these time-tested remedies to relieve symptoms of a cold or flu this winter.
Plenty of rest
Avoid sending your child to school to allow for a speedy recovery. It also will reduce the risk of infecting peers or picking up a secondary infection.
Saline nasal drops to treat congestion
Try saline nasal drops and elevate your child’s head with a pillow to relieve a stuffy nose and make it easier for them to breathe.
Steam inhalation moistens his/her nasal passages and clears their blocked nose to help your child breathe better. Try giving your child a steam bath or use readily available steam inhalers.
Increase fluid intake
Ensure your child is well hydrated by giving him/her lots of fluids like soup, warm water, diluted juice or milk.
Soft diet for a sore throat
If your child is complaining of a sore throat and has difficulty swallowing, try some soft foods like porridge and khichdi instead of dry rotis or toast.
Honey for a cough
Half a teaspoon of honey for children aged 2-5 years and one teaspoon for 6-11 years, can relieve coughs and help your child sleep better.
Rubbing camphor and menthol rubs on your child’s neck, back and chest area can help him/her sleep better at night.
Gargling with salt water for a sore throat
A warm salt water gargle will clear mucus from the throat and soothe a sore throat. Kids above the age of 4 years can be taught to gargle quite easily.
If the child is suffering from high fever or has been coughing for several days, consult your pediatrician immediately.