Kids are little petri dishes of bacteria, spreading and sharing germs with each other and then bringing them home. Coughs and colds are part of the rite of passage in a child’s life. As parents, we know that our little ones will have them, and we search eternally for any remedy that can ease the suffering and speed up the process. Thankfully, there are many natural cough remedies for kids that can have them up and playing again.
You will need to approach each based on the type of cough that you child is experiencing. An asthmatic cough will have a wheezing sound and can include fast breathing. A croup cough sounds very similar to a kind of barking and the child may breathe normally when not coughing. Children with pertussis (also known as whooping cough) have a definite ‘whoop’ sound to the cough and they often have difficulty breathing with lengthy coughing spasms.
*Boiron Chestal has long been a mainstay for the treatment of children’s coughs due to a cold and one that I use regularly. The well-known and respected maker of homeopathic medicines combine ingredients to reduce the symptoms of nasal discharge, coughing, sneezing attacks and sore throats.
*Elderberry has been used throughout history as both a natural cough syrup and to soothe respiratory problems. The flower of the elderberry plant relaxes spasms of the bronchial areas. A popular natural cough syrup combines plantains with fresh elderberries. An important caution: Only use the flowers of the elderberry, all other parts of the raw plant contain cyanide-producing compounds, including the leaves, roots, seeds and berries; these can be deadly for both children and adults.
*Spongia Tosta is another product that brings multifunctional remedies. Excellent for colds, cough, croup, and asthma, it assists in reducing the problems associated with breathing difficulties as well as sore throats and burning in the nose. It is made from sea sponges that are roasted and contains significant quantities of both bromine and iodine.
*Essential Oils in diffuser and body massage not only sooths the breathing but also offers relaxation. Oils for a diffuser can include eucalyptus, tea tree or lavender. For massage, sweet almond oil or coconut oil. Gently rub the chest and back as well as use for a soothing foot massage.
*A vaporizer with cool mist or humidifier will help to loosen congestion. Dry air can make the cough symptoms worse, so make sure that the environment is maintained. Clean and change the water and filters out every day.
*Lots of fluids: Some children may not want to drink water, so you might want to offer light organic juices and soothing herbal teas. The intake of fluids assists in keeping any congestion loose, which helps the symptoms pass more quickly.
Always monitor the duration of your child’s cough and cold and consult with your primary healthcare giver if it continues past a few days duration. Any child with severe symptoms, including fever, should be taken for pediatric treatment. Always consult with a healthcare provider before making any changes to a dietary or treatment regimen.