Experts estimate nearly 8-10 bouts of common cold in children each year till 2 years of age and 6-8 till 5 years.

Now, what does that mean for you?

More visits to your doctor! And more expenses on your child’s health!

Right? Is that feasible to you?

I guess NO! No parent wants his/her child to visit the doctor every now and then.

Related: Concerned about repeated colds in your child? Read the guide here!

 

So, what can you do to reduce your visits to the doctor?

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Well, just TWO SIMPLE THINGS!

  1. Use home remedies for cold for kids if the symptoms are mild.
  2. Boost your child’s immunity. Boosting the immunity may not reduce the bouts of cold, but will DEFINITELY reduce the severity of symptoms, and thus, avoid the doctor every time.

 

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Can you seriously cut down the visits to the doctor?

One word answer is ‘YES’.

This is because common cold is the COMMON infection of the upper respiratory system. It can affect anyone, right from a baby to an adult, but is not a serious illness.

Mild cases of cold don’t need a medication. They settle down on their own.

Even FDA (Food and Drug Administration) prohibits giving antibiotics or over-the-counter cough and cold medicines to children below 6 years of age.

However, you can treat your child’s cold naturally with these home remedies.


What are the home remedies for cold in kids?

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Home remedies for cold help to to relieve symptoms like:

So, consider these natural cold remedies for kids:

1. FLUIDS

Give your child plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. Lukewarm water, warm vegetable soup, fruit juices, and coconut water are the best liquids to consume when your child has a cold.

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2. NASAL DROPS

Use saline nasal drops to relieve the stuffiness of the nose and help the child breathe comfortably.

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How to use saline nasal drops?

  • Prepare the solution by adding a pinch of salt to 30 ml of boiled and cooled water.
  • Use a dropper to instil a drop or two of this solution into your child’s nose.

*TIP: Buy the dropper from your local chemist and store the solution in a dark coloured and air-tight bottle, away from heat and light.

CAUTION: Do not apply Vicks VapoRub on the nose/chest of children below 2 years of age. Here is the reason.

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3. STEAM THERAPY

Give hot steam to your child for 10 minutes twice a day.

Many studies condemn the use of steam therapy in kids owing to the risk of burns in children.

However, I can give you 3 satisfactory reasons to use it:

  • The number one benefit? It’s 100% natural and helps to renew the water lost in mucus discharges from the nose.
  • It’s the cheapest medication you can count upon. (You just have to invest in a good steam vaporizer once!)
  • It’s been tried and tested for over 3000 years (Every system of medicine recommends it)
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But, what about the risk of burns?

Your concern is absolutely natural. However, the chances of getting burnt are higher if you use the traditional steel bowl and towel for steam therapy in kids.

The alternative?

A steam vaporizer that boils water in a closed container and doesn’t need a towel wrap.

Is it kids-safe?

ABSOLUTELY as it:

  • Boils water in a metal container
  • Is shock-proof
  • No risk of water spillage
  • Has 3-level heat control system

*IMPORTANT: This steam vaporizer is only recommended for kids 4-years and above. For children below 4 years read the guide here.

CAUTION: Though the steam vaporizer is shock-proof, don’t leave your child unattended with it.


4. HUMIDIFER

Place a humidifier in the child’s room to keep the air moist and prevent drying of the nose. Let your child have adequate rest and sleep. Babies may require sleeping 12 hours a day and toddlers nearly 10 hours.

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*TIP: Do not send your child to school or playing outdoors till he feels well. This is required to give him adequate rest and protect other children from catching the infection.

Related: When to send your child back to school after a cold?


5. BALANCED DIET

Diet plays an important role, not only to prevent but also cure illnesses.

Take care of your child’s diet. Ensure he eats on time even if a small quantity. Include Vitamin C-rich fruits in his daily diet.

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*TIP: Avocado, pear, and spinach smoothie is the best source of Vitamin C for kids during cold. Get the recipe here.

* IMPORTANT: These home remedies for cold relieve the symptoms only. They don’t cure the infection. It takes about 3-5 days for the infection to clear away by itself.


Besides using these home remedies for cold, boost your child’s immunity to protect him from frequent attacks of cold.

How to boost immunity in children?

  • Breastfeed your baby exclusively for 6 months.
  • Swipe the baby’s hands with wet wipes regularly.
  • Keep the house and your child’s toys as clean as possible.
  • Give your child Probiotics to improve his immune health. 

Find more tips to boost your child’s immunity here!


When to consult the doctor for common cold in kids?

Well, in 90% cases, you won’t need a doctor for the common cold. These home remedies for cold will serve your purpose.

However, consult the doctor if your child has:

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*TIP: Even if you consult the DOCTOR for common cold, these home remedies will act as an adjuvant to alleviate the symptoms quickly.


Can you sweat out a cold?

You might have heard about “sweating out your cold.” Many grannies and old ladies recommend this. Sweating out a cold means using heat, exercise or other means to sweat and treat the cold faster.

“Eat a hot halwa or drink a warm soup at night and sleep with your face covered.You will wake up with sweat on face and cold will be gone.”

However, in reality you can’t ‘sweat out a cold’.

Relieve cold naturally in kids with these home remedies for cold. #MomandMe #childcare

What to conclude about home remedies for cold?

Therefore, common cold is not something to dread of. Every bout of common cold doesn’t need a DOCTOR’s VISIT.

So, the next time your child catches a cold, and if the symptoms are mild, try these home remedies:

  • Give hot steam to relieve stuffed nose and chest congestion
  • Serve plenty of fluids and Vitamin C-rich diet
  • Place a humidifier in the room while the child sleeps

Wait for 3 days before taking your child to the doctor.


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Hi. I am Dr Shivangi Aggarwal, Founder, Mom and Me, practicing as a homoeopathic consultant for child diseases since 10 years. Raising a physically and emotionally healthy child is no less than a challenge today as it is encountered by many hurdles. "Mom and Me" holds your hand to overcome these challenges in the most practical way and give your child a future he will love.

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Anamika Agnihotri · March 8, 2019 at 5:35 pm

I am a staunch believer in resorting to a visit to the doctor only in exceptional cases. I depend heavily on home remedies for treating cough and cold with my 7-year-old of which steam is my favourite go-to.
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