Flu and cold

November 15
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My kid is not feeling well I think he caught a cold in yesterdays football match. What are some home remedies to make him feel better?

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pegasuspepper1 avatar

Whether your child has a bellyache, stuffy nose, or fever, these safe, home remedies can help him feel better fast. You should only treat symptoms if they are causing discomfort or interrupting sleep. If your child’s illness worsens call the Doctor. Use the following tips to treat your kid accordingly:

For a Fever

  • Make sure your child gets plenty of rest and drinks lots of fluids.
  • Put a cool, damp washcloth on her forehead.
  • A lukewarm bath, after a fever reducer is given, may help bring her temperature down.
  • Dress her in a light layer of clothing. If she gets the chills, offer her a light blanket.
  • NEVER give your child aspirin for a fever. It has been linked to a potentially fatal disease called Reye Syndrome.

For a Sore Throat

  • If your child is one-year-old or older, honey and a splash of lemon juice can help naturally soothe a sore throat. Never give honey to a child younger than 1, as it can cause infant botulism.
  • Children 5 or older can try gargling with salt water. A ½ tsp of salt and one cup of warm water should do the trick.
  • A cup of warm tea can be soothing. Peppermint tea works as an expectorant to help break up mucus and chamomile tea can help stimulate the immune system. Try sweetening it up with a little honey.
  • Consider adding a cool mist humidifier to your child’s room to help moisten the air and help relieve pain caused by a sore throat.

For a Cough

  • Honey and lemon juice also works as a natural suppressant for a cough, but again do NOT give honey to a child younger than 1.
  • A steam bath or simply sitting in a steam-filled bathroom with the doors shut can help loosen nasal and chest congestion and make it easier for a child to expel built-up mucus. Adding a few drops of sage or eucalyptus oil to a steam bath will also help open up the chest and soothe a cough.
  • Use a humidifier to keep the air moist and clear.
  • Vapor rubs or balms containing essential oils such as eucalyptus or sage can also help loosen nasal and chest congestion.

For a Headache

  • Tension headaches can be felt as a tight band around the head and are usually brought on by stress or anxiety. Massaging your child’s neck and shoulders can help. Increasing magnesium-rich foods in the diet may also help prevent tension and migraine headaches.
  • Sinus headaches are felt around the eyes and cheeks. Try using lavender and eucalyptus oils to relieve congestion. These essential oils should not be used directly on the skin but mixed into a carrier oil.
  • If your child is complaining of pain around the eyes, he may have an eyestrain headache from reading, too much screen time, or other activity. Encourage breaks and make sure he is working with plenty of natural light.
  • Make sure your child is eating well-balanced meals throughout the day to avoid headaches caused by low blood sugar.
  • Make sure your child is drinking plenty of water to avoid dehydration and headaches.

I hope you find the above tips helpful.


AnswersUp_90488703 avatar

There are several home remedies that you can try to help your child feel better when they have a cold:

Encourage them to get plenty of rest. This will help their body to heal and recover more quickly.

Offer them plenty of fluids, such as water, juice, and broth, to help thin out mucus and keep them hydrated.

Use a humidifier or take them into a steamy bathroom to help loosen congestion.

Use saline nasal drops to help clear out their nasal passages.

Use over-the-counter cold medications to reduce symptoms such as fever, cough, and congestion.

Make them a warm drink, such as tea with honey, to soothe a sore throat.

Offer them chicken soup, which can help to reduce inflammation in the respiratory system and make them feel better.

It's important to remember that colds usually go away on their own within a week or two. In the meantime, these home remedies can help to alleviate your child's symptoms and make them more comfortable. If your child's symptoms are severe or persistent, however, you may want to consult a healthcare provider for further evaluation and treatment.

Lifeisgood avatar

Here are some home remedies that may help alleviate symptoms of the common cold and flu:

Stay hydrated - Drink plenty of water, juice, and clear soups to help loosen congestion and prevent dehydration.

Rest - Getting enough rest is important for allowing the body to recover and fight off the infection.

Warm liquids - Drinking warm liquids such as tea with honey or lemon can help soothe a sore throat and relieve congestion.

Steam - Inhaling steam from a hot shower or a bowl of hot water can help to open up the nasal passages and relieve congestion.

Nasal irrigation - Saline nasal irrigation using a Neti pot or saline spray can help to clear the nasal passages and relieve congestion.

Use a humidifier - Running a humidifier can add moisture to the air, which can help relieve congestion and soothe a sore throat.

Over-the-counter medications - Over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil), or naproxen (Aleve) can help to relieve pain and reduce fever.

Chicken soup - Chicken soup can help relieve cold symptoms, the steam from the soup can help open up the nasal passages and the broth can help soothe a sore throat.

Garlic & Echinacea - Eating raw garlic can help boost the immune system and fight off the infection. Echinacea is a herb that may help boost the immune system.

Vitamin C - Taking vitamin C supplements or eating vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables can help boost the immune system and reduce the duration of cold symptoms.

Zinc - Taking zinc supplements may help shorten the duration of colds.

It's important to note that these remedies may alleviate symptoms, but they will not cure a cold or flu. It is also important to consult a healthcare professional if symptoms worsen or last for more than a week.


There are many home remedies that may help alleviate the symptoms of a cold in children. Here are a few examples from well-known home remedy books and articles:

Chicken soup: According to a study published in the medical journal Chest, chicken soup may help relieve cold symptoms by reducing inflammation in the body. Chicken soup is also easy to digest and provides much-needed hydration and nutrients for a sick child.

Honey: Honey has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for coughs and sore throats. According to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, honey may be just as effective as over-the-counter cough medicine for reducing coughing in children.

Saltwater gargle: Gargling with salt water can help relieve a sore throat by reducing inflammation and loosening mucus. To make a saltwater gargle, mix 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water and have your child gargle with it for 30 seconds before spitting it out.

Steam inhalation: Breathing in steam can help relieve nasal congestion and make it easier for your child to breathe. You can create a steam tent by having your child sit in a bathroom with the shower running on hot water, or by placing a bowl of hot water in front of your child's face and having them breathe in the steam.

Rest and fluids: Rest is important for helping the body fight off a cold, and fluids are essential for preventing dehydration. Encourage your child to drink plenty of water, herbal tea, or other fluids to stay hydrated and get plenty of rest until they feel better.

It's important to note that while home remedies can be helpful for relieving cold symptoms, they should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment if your child's symptoms are severe or persist for more than a few days. If you're concerned about your child's health, it's always best to consult a healthcare professional.

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