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Home Remedies For Cold

What is Cold?

It is often heard and said that a common cold whether or not treated takes the same amount of time to be cured. For many people the use of decongestants and antihistamines provide relief from common cold.  Cold is the most common illness that affects all age groups. As many of us believe, cold weather is not the cause of colds. There are as many as 200 types of viruses that cause cold. The common cold is generally mild with symptoms such as runny nose, sneezes, and sore throat.  The symptoms may last for few days to two weeks. On an average people get 2 to 4 colds per year depending on their immunity power.

Common Cold Causes

  • Viruses especially rhinoviruses and corona viruses.
  • Person to person contact through coughing, sneezing or hand contact.
  • Allergic disorders
  • menstrual cycles

Natural Home Remedies for Cold

Take lots of rest. Children when allowed to sleep more will be able to activate their immune system to tackle the infections.

Drink plenty of fluids - Babies below 6 months of age should drink breast milk or formula but no water since it may create an electrolyte imbalance in the body. An oral electrolyte solution designed for infants may be given.

A saline nasal drops can be sprayed or used in the form of drops in the nostrils to clear out the mucus in the nasal passages.  A homemade saline nasal drops can be prepared by adding half teaspoon salt to 1 cup of warm water should be consumed within 24 hours to avoid contamination.

Vapor rubs may be used for massaging on the chest, neck, and back in babies older than 3 months.

Rest with head elevated for children older than 12 months. When children are sleeping in a slightly inclined and raised position, it clears out the nasal passage by improving mucus drainage. So that children can breathe easily and sleep well. Use the towels to be rolled up and placed under the mattress to provide an incline.

Children below the age of 4 years can gargle with salt water as a remedy for throat sore. Prepare at home the homemade salt water for gargling by adding half tsp to 1 glass of warm water. Squeezing a bit of lemon juice to this solution adds to the soothing effect.

In children below 2 years of age can be induced to nose blow to clear out the nasal passage.

Children can be kept on a steam bath for 10-15 minutes to experience the soothing effect on the nasal passages.

Camphor or menthol can be used in children below 2 years of age for vapors.

Neti pot is widely used in children below 4 years of age that is filled with saline solution to be used to wash the nose. The liquid poured into one nostril will flow out from the other nostril.

Chicken soup, lukewarm chamomile tea, popsicles, and ice cream puddings may give a soothing effect on a sore throat. This can also be given to children above 6 months of age. 

Try resting in a reclining position

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