Natural Remedies for Cough/Cold

Leylani - posted on 11/27/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I've got a 2mth old and a 16mth old, who've both caught a cold/cough.
Rather than medicating with so many chemicals and such, I'm looking for a healthy alternative to treat and relieve their symptoms.
I've heard of Scott's Emulsion, but still researching it's benefits. And am trying eucalyptus p/my mother in law's recommendation.
Are there any more options that i can try?
Your feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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Victoria - posted on 11/28/2009

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Lots of fluids obivously. A teaspoon of honey can help with the cough. Honey with lemon juice & warm water to drink. Eucaliptus oil in a humidifier & in the tub (very small amount). Orange juice for vit C & also to help break up mucus. Vic vapour rub (they make an infant cream too) on the feet before bed with a pair of socks on.

Hope this helps

Vicki - posted on 11/28/2009

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Eucaliptus, humidifiers, raising head at night, warm bath, extra fluids, and extra vitamin C and D. Also, I like to rub a small amount of Vick's Babyrub ointment on the child's chest before bed.

My 10 year old uses a neti pot to rinse his nasal passage too.

Julie - posted on 11/27/2009

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Saline drops to clean out their noses can help. It's just salt water; squirt in a drop or two and suck it back out with the bulb syringe. We have to do it a lot when my son has a cold so that gunk that doesn't drip down his throat into his lungs (he has a lot of respiratory problems). Humidifiers, like Heather said. You can also try raising the head of the mattress, just put a pillow under the end, it only needs to be up an inch or two to make it easier to breath. If the coughing gets bad and you want some quick relief, turn the shower on hot so that the bathroom steams up and sit in there for a few minutes with your kids; the steam will help loosen things up. I hope you are all feeling better soon.

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Angie - posted on 12/04/2009

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Elderberry, Probiotics, Echinacea (though mostly helpful right when it starts coming on), and Olive Leaf Oil are all really good. I would go to a local health food store and see what they recommend. They're usually really helpful and if you get natural remedies you don't have to worry about it being bad for the kids. If you find anything else out please let us know!!

Lauren - posted on 12/04/2009

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Vicks on the chest at night, vicks on the feet, humidifier, saline drops and propped up on a pillow. I've been told that honey can cause botulism in babies under 1 yr old. Lots of love from Mommy !! :o)

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