If you're a parent, one of the most challenging times is when your child has a bad cold. Children get colds all the time and there is sometimes no way to avoid them. Naturally, you will want a cold to pass very quickly because it can make your child feel lethargic and even feverish. They may even have no appetite as well. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make your child more comfortable when they have a cold. Here are some of the best natural remedies that you can try.
Hydration Is Key
The best liquid your child can drink when they have a cold is water. However, even though water is the best choice some children may not want to drink it. The next option is fruit juice. You can add some water to the juice or give your child the juice on its own. Instead of store-bought fruit juices that may contain a lot of sugars, the best option is to make your own fruit juices at home. This way you can be sure it only contains natural ingredients.
This is a long-standing remedy for colds that should not be dismissed. Depending on what you put in the soup it can go a long way to help your child get the vitamins they need. At best, chicken soup can help prevent your child from becoming dehydrated. Try to get your child to take small servings of the soup even if they have lost their appetite.
Saline drops are a great way to relieve nasal congestion when your child has a cold. This solution of salt and water can be used with a dropper to pour the liquid into your child's nostrils. The saline solution will break up the mucus, making it easier for them to clear their nasal passages.
Use a Humidifier
Using a humidifier is a great way to relieve your child's congestion. Having a humidifier in the room can make it easier for your child to breathe. Make sure that you clean the humidifier before you plug it in. Otherwise, you could spread germs throughout the room.
Taking care of your child when they have a cold can be taxing on you as a parent. You can try one or a combination of the remedies discussed here to get your child feeling better. However, if they develop a high fever it is best to call your doctor just to be sure that there are no underlying conditions.
Contact a pediatric care office for more information.
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