Do you want to treat your child’s cold symptoms at home? If yes, then you are at right place. Cold and flu can start with sniffles, mild aches, cough, and pain. Sometimes upset stomach may be the symptom of a cold. Whatever the symptoms, you can try some home remedies to restore your child to good health.
If your child’s (age less than six months) body temperature is more than 100 degrees, then you need to call the doctor, but if this is not the case, then you can try some remedies. Here in this guide, we have mentioned some home remedies for life; you can try them:
You can use lukewarm water and try sponge bath. You need to be very careful as using alcohol, cold water or ice is not at all advisable.
Avoid using Excess of Blankets
We have seen a very common practice of piling up blankets to make the child sweat. However, this is not a right practice. The child should be left comfortable with light clothes.
Avoid using Drugs like Aspirin if Child’s Age is less than 19
One should never use any medication without physician’s prescription. However, if you have some knowledge, then you may go for mild medication and avoid using drugs like aspirin if your child’s age is less than 19.
A hydrated body heals quickly as compared to a dehydrated body. Some medicines make the child sweat to lower the body temperature. So it is very necessary to keep the body hydrated. Keep on feeding your child with oral rehydration solution.
Chicken Soup helps to Fight Flu
If you are not vegetarian, then the chicken soup is the best home remedy to control common cold. Chicken soup has inflammation reducing properties. Another benefit of this soup is that it is a highly nutritious drink. It helps in hydrating the body.
Steam is also Extremely Helpful
Inhaling steam is helpful in providing relief from stuffy nose.
Use of Methanol Chest Rubs
Rubbing methanol rubs on the chest also provides a great relief in a cough and cold.
Use of Honey and Ginger
Mixing a bit of ginger juice in twice the amount of honey results effective and it can be a perfect home remedy to treat a cough and cold. Give this liquid to your child in small quantities at least 3-4 times in a day. This will help your child in getting rid of a cough and cold.
Be Aware of the Situations that require the Physician’s Attention
Few symptoms indicate quick attention of a physician. Some of them are as follows:
- If the body temperature rises above 100 degrees, then it is an indication that you need to consult a physician.
- Excessive dehydration – If a child shows symptoms of excessive dehydration such less urination, less intake of water or other liquids, etc., then also you should consult a physician.
- If the age of your child is less than 12 months and you see any symptoms of flu, you should call the physician.
Hope all the tips in this guide may be of some help to you.