Sep 08 2010

Got any tips to ease cold symptoms in your kids?

We're heading into cold and flu season. Uugh! Doctors say that there are some simple ways to ease cold symptoms in your kids, such as having them sit upright to ease breathing, using a humidifier and using a bulb syringe to remove mucus (gross!). Got any tips that have worked for you when your kids are sick? Share 'em here!
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8/30/2010 3:15:43 PM
Emi Makohus United States
Emi Makohus
well... i actually AM a kid. My mom has made me do this odd trick when i have a bad to get my criculation flowing. Right beor you go to bed, soak some thick, wool socks in freezing cold water & put them on your feet. It always made me feel fresher when i woke up. Smile hope this tip helps!
8/30/2010 8:22:29 PM
Kandis United States
Cant do better then soup chicken noodle. God Bless
8/31/2010 1:23:54 AM
v United States
for the sore throats my mom (i am 27) would put lemon and honey in a small saucer/cup and it will ease the sore throat Now my 6 year old daughter says, 'remember when grandma put the lemon and honey for my throat, can i have that?' it works everytime.
8/31/2010 6:24:49 AM
Susanna hegyi United States
Susanna hegyi
According to a good friend, she takes a spoon, adds honey, then a crushed clove of garlic, and then covers it with honey.  She tells her kids that they have to take it joyfully, or they'll get another.

I've tried it for myself, and the cold make a dramatic turn very quickly - usually within the day.  If you have a bad cold and take the garlic and honey too much, you will start smelling like garlic, but it's better then a long drown-out cold.  Smile

Garlic has incredibly powerful immune boosting properties.
8/31/2010 11:25:53 AM
Laura Ponthieux United States
Laura Ponthieux
My daughter is in high school uses Vicks on her feet and chest when she is at home.  For during the school or work day, she buys the tissue with Vicks in it.  She will rest the Vicks tissue on her chest which helps to clear out her nasal passage.  She says that it works great and doesn't have the stickly Vicks on her all day.
8/31/2010 4:26:42 PM
Carol United States
A couple years ago, I started using colloidal silver when I got the worst case of the flu I had ever had.  After only 4 days, I was back to work!  Since then, I have beat every cold and flu because as soon as I feel that scratchy or dry throat I take some extra doses of silver.  I currently take 1 teaspoon per day as maintenance, adding more doses throughout the day if needed.  You can safely take up to 7 doses (teaspoons) per day, and NO, YOU WON'T TURN BLUE!
9/1/2010 2:35:05 AM
Valerie United States
From experience.... garlic, garlic, garlic. what I did was make some chicken noodle soup with at least 1 or 2 cloves of garlic in it (real garlic, not powder) I kid you not, my cold was gone within 2 days!
9/1/2010 2:35:06 AM
heather abregana United States
heather abregana
I swear  vicks shower soothers work wonders! Put it on the floor of your shower and take a nice hot shower!! It will clear up the mucus in your head and chest and relax your body.Also use a humidafier, if you dont have one, keep a pot of low boiling water on the stove.!
9/1/2010 12:40:11 PM
Rachael's Meme United States
Rachael's Meme
What works for me. As soon as I get that little  tickle in my throat I gargle with warm salt water then immediately start on E-mergency. It's a powder packet full of lots of vitamins and nutrients. Just mix with a little water. You can take up to 4 @ day. Gives me a boost of energy and helps relieve my symptoms sooner. Also take about one a week before the cold season starts to boost the immune system.  
9/1/2010 10:44:38 PM
Joshua United States
My mom usually makes me gargel hot salt water to help my sore throat, for the rest we would just blow our noses until there was nothing left.
9/2/2010 3:46:16 AM
Cheryl Frost United States
Cheryl Frost
Vicks lovers try ~ Peppermint oil, clove bud oil, or spearmint oil.

All it takes is one drop on each temple or defuse it in oil defuser.

I had lung/BREATHING problems and was told I WOULD NEVER BE OFF OXYGEN and not live but 6-9 months. Well this is what I used and lots of prayers.
9/2/2010 8:47:06 AM
Robin Jones United States
Robin Jones
I use Young Living Essential Oils.  Diffuse RC, which is a blend of several oils including peppermint, cypress, lavender, eucalyptus and more.  Also use Ravensara.  You can also apply to the throat,neck, chest, back and feet.  So many great things with essentail oils.  I would not use Vicks because of the petroleum in it.  You can simply use the oils straight or put them in almond, jojoba or vegetable oil prior to applying if your skin is sensitive.  Thieves oil is good for infection as well as melaleuca.  Good luck and thank you for serving at K-Love! Robin
9/2/2010 1:47:59 PM
cecilia banuelos United States
cecilia banuelos
When my kids have a sore throat I give them 1tsp of honey with about three trops of lemon. I give it to them three times a day. The honey helps coat your throat and the lemon kills the infection. It works really good right away. Ican see the difference within one day. My husband in the other hand hates the flavor but, I make him take anywaySmile I hope this tip helps. god bless, cecilia
p.s. honey is not good for infants.
9/2/2010 11:58:10 PM
Hannah Thomas United States
Hannah Thomas
not sure if this would work for kids, but it does for teens and adults.  Get a large mug, pour a little lemon juice in it, then fill it with water.  put it in the microwave and warm it until it's steaming, then put as much honey in as you want.  Stir and drink while it's warm.  The honey soothes the sore throat, and the lemon juice helps to clear the nose.  hope this helps!
9/3/2010 4:59:07 AM
Kathleen Schaertel United States
Kathleen Schaertel
The best thing to help soothe a sore throat is crunchy nachos or potato chips. Someone told me it's because it scrapes the gunk off the back of your throat. I'm not sure the reason, but it almost always works!

PS Mentholatum is better than Vicks because you can put it around a chapped nose and it does not burn!
9/3/2010 10:00:56 AM
Jamie Wagne United States
Jamie Wagne
Hi Kelli - Just a couple of things. People may feel that things with dairy products are helping them, but any and all dairy produces more mucus for your system to deal with.  So stay away from ALL dairy.  Good old chicken broth or chicken soup - the best you can get (organic or truly homemade is best), but even good old Campbells helps too.  The plug in thing is great - just make sure it is plugged in some place close to the bed if it is a large room. Or it doesn't make any sense to plug it in right next to an open door or window where all the vapors will disappear. And very important is Vitamin C and ZINC.  Good quality Echinacea also helps if you start it right away.  Won't help that much if you wait. Water, water, water and NO SWEETENER.  Absolutely NO sweets.  Each & every one takes away from your immune system. More questions - check with your local health food store - the one that sells organic foods.
9/3/2010 3:10:13 PM
jason United States
Bulb suction and chicken noodle soup.
9/4/2010 1:56:20 AM
Heather United States
I have a co-worker that swears by using Vicks vapor rub on your feet and wearing socks to bed.  I tried it with my toddler last winter, and it worked like a charm!
9/4/2010 7:03:34 AM
Jean-Luc United States
Personally, sleep eases it best. . . But, mmm, chicken noodle soup is pretty scwheet when you have a cold!
9/4/2010 5:53:58 PM
Lance Doyle United States
Lance Doyle
Take your kids to the Chiropractor for an adjustment.  Also, vitamin D can prevent the contraction of a cold/flu.
9/4/2010 10:57:19 PM
Sherrill Salom United States
Sherrill Salom
Ok..yeah, homemade chicken soup is THE BEST. The Vicks Shower soothers work, as well as the Vicks kleenex. Like the lady above said, take 'em to school, or stick in your pocket. You have the great smell with no mess.
But the best... bar none, and I've done ALL of the above remedies...drink peppermint tea 3x a day with 3 capsules of standardized echinacea w/each cup, available at Walgreens/Walmart/Target. At the FIRST SIGN of a sore throat or cold, break out the peppermint tea. Kids like it too. DO NOT USE SUGAR of any kind!! Kills the white blood cells, and they are the ones that kill infections. This really works well, believe me. Vit C too, and Vitamin D, but take Vit C in between echinacea. This will work, I promise you.
9/5/2010 4:15:33 AM
Marty United States
I'd rather answer the question:  How can we avoid colds and flu?  The best way I know is to eat the recommended 9-13 fresh, raw fruits and veggies every day.  That's a lot, but we have found a way to get them the easy way by getting them in capsule and soft chewable form.  We do eat a lot of them, too.  The capsules just bridge the gap between what we eat and what we actually need.  Here's a doctor who recommends them.
9/5/2010 9:17:35 AM
Natalia Wesner United States
Natalia Wesner
take a nice hot shower. Wear socks. Chicken noodle soup. And get to bed early.
9/5/2010 9:01:42 PM
Caroline United States
When we have colds, earaches, or start coughing, we go see our chiropractor & she adjusts our back & neck. And our colds are gone!Smile
Also, the earaches, & coughing have subsided & eventually go away, without any medications!!Smile
9/7/2010 4:25:31 AM
Tammy United States
We use echinacea whenever we feel like we are coming down with something. This is an herb that you can get from a local food co-op. This herb comes in a liquid as well as a pill form.
9/7/2010 6:07:25 PM
jennine minervini United States
jennine minervini
I spent the last 14 months traveling between the east and west coasts for business. Every two weeks I was on an airplane. My doctor suggested taking vitamin c d and zinc eveyday. On the first sign of a cold I doubled the dose. I never missed A flight. I was stranded due to bad weather but I wasn't sick.
God Bless
ps hot water with lemon sooths a sore throat
9/9/2010 1:59:08 AM
Corban United States
Heard you on the radio the other day and heard Vicks mentioned. They Do make cherry flavored Vicks for kids. But I use it anyway. Mmm, smells pretty good.
9/9/2010 1:59:18 AM
Lisa United States
Mix equal parts (1cup) local honey and cider vinegar and 2 cups warm water. Mix it well and keep in a container in the fridge. Take a medicine cupful every day, twice to three times  a day if you get sick.
9/9/2010 7:02:04 AM
Corban United States
My bad! Forget the above. It was cherry Mentholatum.
9/10/2010 4:42:55 PM
Jenny Yeagle United States
Jenny Yeagle
There is an battery operated nasel clearer that my daughter says is marvelous.
9/10/2010 10:01:59 PM
Melissa & Justin United States
Melissa & Justin
We have a one year old who came down with a cold recently, and in desperation because she had SO much mucous that she was having trouble breathing, eating, or drinking, despite all the 'normal' treatments for babies and toddlers with colds, we decided to try out Hylands' Sniffles N Sneezes 4 Kids for her (at a 2 yr old dose as she's ALMOST 2), and it worked WONDERFULLY. It doesn't make the cold go away, pretty much eliminates the symptoms, it's homeopathic and is safe for ANYONE over 2, unlike most cold medications which are not safe for anyone under 4!
9/11/2010 3:31:59 AM
Katie the freshman college student United States
Katie the freshman college student
For the past several years I had chronic allergetic rhinitis, which basically means that all throughout the year almost every year I suffered from severe allergies, making it difficult to breathe most of the time. I'm not talking asthma, or throat swelling, or anything like that; I'm talking clogged nasal cavities, costant drainage in the back of my throat clogging my throat, the inability to breathe through my nose, having to sometimes consciously thinking about breathing in order to be able to breathe, knowing exactly where every tissue box in every classroom was, so on and so forth simply because of mucus. I'm talking whenever something goes wrong instead of saying 'dang it!' (or it's alternatives), I would say 'Boogers!' Other people thought that I was just being cutesy and childish with my word choice, when in reality I said 'Boogers' since they were the worst curse of my life and more horrible than the vast majority of people realize. I was a young, healthy, bright student with a vast ammount of potential - but I had to struggle in order to breathe.
So let me tell you, I know many different allergy medicines - the over the counter medicines and the doctor prescribed medicines - much more than anyone on the planet ever should have to know. Something that every parent should know about allergy medicines - decongestants, anti-histamines, and everything else - no matter which type, no matter which brand, your child has an unfortunately high probability of suffering from the following things:
- the allconsuming desire to curl up in a ball and go to sleep, no matter what is happening and no matter what needs to get done
- the inability to get a good night's rest (because virtually every allergy medicine contains stimulants which interfere with the body's natural sleep schedule, even when your child takes melatonin pills (a natural supplement that people who travel by airplanes on a regular basis for business trips take to reset their body-clocks in order to go to sleep) before laying down in a quiet, dark room with their eyes closed on a comfortable mattress in order to get to sleep)
- a feeling as if they want to get done things, but the inability to actually get their things done, almost as if they are trying to move through molases. (which in itself is very fustrating)
- the inability to have will to do anything. I know without a doubt that allergy medicines must have some sort of chemical in them that affects the part of the brain that creates human will. Your child may entirely lack their will and seem to not care about anything after taking allergy medicine.
- a fogginess in their thoughts that is entirely uncharastic of them

I say these things in order to inform parents that they should think twice before ever giving their children any allergy medication. I lived in the greater Houston area - the allergy capital of the world - for my entire life, until about a month ago when I went off to college in a different area of Texas.

The only thing that I have found that always works every time at clearing out my sinus cavities and enabling me to breathe entirely easily, even without affecting my will and thoughts, is Vicks Vapor Rub and the off-brand versions of this product, which are less expensive. Yes, it smells a little funny. No, you SHOULD NOT put it anywhere near the inide of the nose or near the mouth - it specifically says not to on the label for good reasons. The best places to put vapor rub is the very bottom of the chin away from the mouth and away from the nose, as well as on the sternum area of the chest (the area where people wear medium-length necklaces, so not choker neclaces but not long necklaces either).

The bottom line is that medicated chest rub, or vapor rub, will help your children breathe esily after about 5 - 15 minutes without causing any of the negative side effects that come with the allergy medicine that you take orally (pills) and that also come with allergy-relief nasal sprays.

Vapor rub most likely saved my life. I am free from allergy medicines and their negative side effects. I can breathe freely and easily now!!!!!
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