Does your kid have a cold?
An estimated 1 billion people all over the world suffer from allergies, and right now my son is no exception. His doctor told us that it was just that time of year and it is just common to have colds during these times. So if you or any of your love ones are experiencing coughing, have a runny nose and a sore throat, here are some remedies and some foods that you can eat to help fight this.
1) Vitamin C and D
Taking Vitamin C daily could reduce the possibility of catching the common cold. It is one of the most known cold remedy. Research reveal that people with higher amounts of vitamin D may have a reduced risk of catching colds.
2) Add some garlic to your diet:
Garlic is one of the known cures for colds. It is usually added to chicken soup or even made as a drink with raw crushed garlic.
Studies show that honey does not only help prevent colds but also may help to calm children’s coughs and help them sleep better. But this is not recommended for babies younger than one year old, because of the risk of botulism. Regular intake of honey may also promote the development of cavities.
4) Eucalyptus Steam Inhalation or Vick Vapos rub Inhalation
This was done to me by my mother whenever I had a runny nose when I was little. She would put a small amount of vapor rub on a mug with newly boiled water and using a makeshift funnel out of a piece of paper, she would let me inhale the fumes. Just a few seconds afterwards I could already feel the easeness of breathing. A steam inhalation with eucalyptus oil may help to ease breathing.
Unfortunately my son has G6PD (more about this on the next post) so I can’t give him any menthol because it is one of the things that is prohibited for kids who have G6PD.