Many parents head to straight to a pediatrician or a pharmacy when their kids catch cold or cough. According to American Academy of Paediatrics, over-the-counter medical drugs to treat coughs and colds may not work for children under 5 years and on the contrary might harm them. Whereas, safe home remedies for coughing are gentle and effective to help them feel a lot better.
Children are vulnerable to cold and flu, and this is the reason that it should be prevented from becoming severe. Home remedies can work in favour of children because it shortens the duration of cold and cough. Mentioned below are some of the home-made solutions that are more effective than over-the-counter cough medications to treat coughing in children.
Honey is a natural antibiotic, replete with exceptional ability to kill pathogenic bacteria through several mechanisms. Moreover, honey is equally effective to heal human cells that are important for the immune response. You need to add 2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerine to honey for preparation of honey syrup. Make sure you soften honey by warming it for a brief time in a microwave before mixing it with glycerine.
Gargling with salt water helps to soothe a sore throat by clearing mucus from the throat. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt to warm water and stir it well. Check if it isn’t too sour for your kid. If not then go ahead and add 2-3 drops of lemon in it solution. Gargling for three to four times a day will make him feel better.
Before your child gargles let him practise gargling with plain water. Make it seem fun activity by teaching him gargling sound. You can do so by gargling before them. Make sure:
Heat one tablespoon of honey and add a pinch of cinnamon powder to it.
Heat up one cup milk and add 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder in it.
Using a humidifier also can help ease cough and just cold. Similarly, hot tub bath can help treating coughing in children by loosening secretions in the nose.
These coughing remedies can be easily prepared at home, to prevent hacking coughs that cause discomfort to children. Taking into consideration the negative effects of over-the-counter medicines on children, parents are advised to stick to safe home remedies to treat coughing in children.
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