is there anyone that knows what is best for a cold

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Leigh - posted on 01/20/2010

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Best thing 4 a cold that i would suggest is loads of layres n or if he has a temp too just light clothes n a blanket 2 hug in2 and get him/her in2 steamy rooms wen ur runnin a bath or shower..itl go away in about a week or so.. x x

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rest, lots of fluids an some motrin or tylonel , an a box of tissues, an a vapor bath an thats all you can really do

Christal - posted on 01/20/2010

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The common cold is nature's way of keeping you healthy over the long term. & so long as you get plenty of rest & strive to stay hydrated & properly nourished durning a cold or flu, there is NO need to get vaccinated or take medications that suppress congested sinuses, a fever, or coughing. All of these uncomfortable symptoms are actually way in which your body works to elimnate waste products &/or help your body get through a cold or flu. It's best to avoid medications that aim to suppress helpful processes such as fever, coughing & a runny nose.
At first sign: Zinc drops or lozenges boosts immune system
Vitamin C with bioflavonoids fights viruses & strengthen immune system
Collidial Silver: good for viral infections, promotes healing, antibiotic properties
Elderberry Syrup: for upper respiratory infections & headaches, antiviral properties & reduces flu symptoms. Relieves coughs & conjestion. Enhances immune system function. Increases perspiration, lowers fever, soothes the respiratory tract, & stimulates circulation. 1 cup fresh or dried elderberries, 3c water, 1/4 c of honey. Place berries in saucepan & cover with water. Simmer over low heat for 30-45 min. Smash berries, strain all through a fine mesh strainer & add honey. Bottle & store in frig. 2-4 tsp 4xs daily.
Eucalytus Oil: relieves conjestion- 6 drops in 2 cups boiling water, place towel over head & inhale or add drops in a warm bath
Avoid Dairy & Sugar- these are mucus forming foods
Acidophilus-replaces friendly bacteria
Lemon juice & honey blended with hot water: coughs & sore throat
Honey: promotes energy & healing, natural antiseptic, kills bacteria, & soothes a dry cough
Garlic (raw): chopped up & add to tsp of honey or spag sauce. up to 8 cloves a day. contains compounds that may prevent bacteria from invading tissues & boosts immunity. exerts an antibaterial effect est. to be = to 1% of that of penicillin
Onion syrup: slice raw onion, drizzle honey over it & leave overnight. Next day take 2 tsp of juice every 2 hrs. For phelm conjestion.
Ginger: fights inflammation for sinus, useful for fever with chills, headache, nausea, vomiting, breaks up conjestion, brings out good sweat, eases muscle aches. 1/2tsp ginger powder in 1c boiling water, covered 10 min. Add honey, give 4x's daily(dont over steep, becomes spicy)
Peppermint: usefully for chills, diarrhea, nausea, reduces fever, breaks up conjestion. Drink 2c daily. Headache, few drops of EO on warm wash cloth & place on forehead
Green Tea: stimulates the immune system (do not drink with milk, may bind with beneficial compounds, making them unavailable to the body.) Green tea is to be the most potent antioxidant.
My favorite books to refer to is Naturally Healthy Babies & Children by Aviva Jill Romm & Herbal Remedies for Children's Health by Rosemary Gladstar.
I hope this info will help. I have an 8 yr old & know many other moms who are into natural & holistic remedies. We do not give our children anything over-the-counter. This info is for adults & children with no chance of harmful side effects.

Sydney - posted on 01/20/2010

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All of these moms are the same remedies that I use, however one other good thing to use is to Boggie Wipes, you can get em at walmart or walgreens, they are saline wipes, and amazing and do not dry out little noses.

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Saline drops or saline mist in the nose helps thin out the mucus. Run a humidifier or vaporizer while they are sleeping and Vick's Baby Rub can be rubbed on their chest, neck, and the bottoms of their feet.

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Tylenol or motrin. I used the vicks plugins, because b/f misunderstood when I asked for the humidifier, but they worked just as well. I also slept with her on my chest in the recliner for the first couple of nights because she was looking for comfort and I knew that I'd be up and down all night if I didn't....that also helped her breathing since she was in an elevated position. I also used the saline drops. My daughter didn't have much of an appetite for the first couple days(partially due to the stuff nose)....but I gave her a lot of juice/water to keep her hydrated(it's all she really wanted anyways). Other than that their isn't much else you can do but give lots of cuddles.....my baby just wants mommy to hold her(and noone else will do) when she doesn't feel good. Sorry your little one is sick....I hope he/she gets better soon.

Lauren - posted on 01/20/2010

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I used vicks vapouriser for the room when my little girl had cold she was all bunged up and her breathing was bit funny but it helped her after about 2 nights. Have to have it on an hour to be able to fill room though but i had mine on most of day! xx

Jennifer - posted on 01/20/2010

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kids shouldn't have cough syrups or anything like that. The best things I do for my kids is give them tylenol/motrin for the achs and pains. Turn on the cold mist humidfier, and for the coughing, I rub unkers(if you don't have this in your area, use vicks) on the bottom of their feet, then cover them with heavy socks. I know the last one sounds a little strange, but it works everytime. If you have a really little one, then you can also put saline drops in their nose and wait a few minutes and use a bulb syringe to suck out the snot. If you do this make sure you do it before a bottle then wait at least 1/2 hr. after the bottle to do it again or you could make her vomit.

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