Cold and Flu Remedies for Kids – Five Natural, American Made Goods

Natural Remedies

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, February is one of the peak cold and flu months. Has your family been attacked by the dreaded flu virus yet? Mine has just been hit, and of course, the kiddos are the first ones with symptoms. Nothing makes me feel more helpless than when my kids are sick with a virus.  Here are some of the natural ways I keep my kids safe and comfortable while helping them fight their battle with the cold and flu viruses.

At Home Cold and Flu Help

First sign of sickness = “wet sock treatment” at bedtime
Yes, I said wet socks. When anyone in my family shows the first sign of a cough, fever, stuffy nose, it’s wet sock treatment for them that night. Just follow these 5 easy steps:

  1. At bedtime wet white cotton socks with very cold water.
  2. Wring them out.
  3. Put them on your child’s feet.
  4. Cover with wool socks- like these really cool sock monkey wool socks made in the USA by Fox River Mills.
  5. Put your patient to bed.
  6. In the morning the socks will be dry. Repeat for at least 3 nights.

My daughter cannot stand wet socks on her feet, so I wait until she is already asleep and then I put them on her. Sneaky mommy! The cold socks are said to increase circulation and strengthen the body’s immune system. Check with your doctor before trying the wet sock treatment as some existing medical conditions might not be compatible.

Use J.R. Watkins Menthol Camphor Vapor Rub to help relieve congestion from cold and flu

In business since 1868, and located in Minnesota,  J.R. Watkins is America’s oldest apothecary manufacturer. J.R. Watkins Menthol Camphor Vapor Rub is 95% natural and paraffin and petroleum free. Menthol Vapor Rub works wonders when rubbed on the chest and back of my kiddos when congested.  Rubbing some Vapor Rub on the bottom of your kiddos feet before putting on the wet socks in the “wet sock treatment” will also help with coughing. I have no clue how, but it works!!

Cool fevers down with the help of Thermal Aid Bear

I am a firm believer of letting fevers run their course as it is the heat of the fever that kills the cold and flu virus. I keep a sharp eye on my kiddos when they spike a fever and will not medicate unless it reaches a dangerous high. Thermal Aid Bear is a great natural way to keep kids comfortable without medication. Simply keep Thermal-Aid Bear in the freezer. Take him out when a fever strikes, and Thermal-Aid Bear becomes a cool comfort to a sick child.

Soothe chapped, irritated skin with Kevin’s Closet Sweet Lemongrass Calendula Body Rub

My kiddos get sore, irritated patches under their noses and around their mouths practically all winter long. Runny noses from cold and flu make these dry patches even more painful. Kevin’s Closet Sweet Lemongrass Calendula Body Rub has worked wonders on their sensitive skin! All of Kevin’s Closet products are organic and Eco-friendly.

Use an Herbal Animals eye pillow to help relieve a headache or insomnia and to help your cold and flu patients relax

Herbal Animals are the neatest little buddies ever! We have recently adopted Abra K Zebra. Abra’s lavender scent is known to relieve headaches and aid in relaxation, and he was originally meant to be used as a “sick buddy”, but his cuteness instantly made him my daughters new BFF.

Are there any natural items or remedies that you use when your kids are sick? Please share your cold and flu remedies!

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Post by Tracey Hanson

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  1. I'm intruiged by the “wet sock” treatment – I've never heard of that, it's certainly worth trying.
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  2. Arrgh! The wet sock treatment gives me the creeps/chills just thinking about it. I think I'd rather be sick! Our favorite tricks, also Made in the USA, are chewable orange Vitamin C tablets and the pressurized saline spray to loosen congestion.

  3. These all sound great! Well, maybe not the wet sock because I'm weird about stuff on my feet, but why not give it a try? It might work.

  4. md kennedy says:

    I have never heard of the wet sock treatment – not even from my grandmother who was the “queen” of home remedies! I’ll try it on my self next time I feel under the weather.

  5. Maryann D. says:

    All of these natural remedies are wonderful and I would like to try them. We try to get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids when ill.

  6. Interesting post. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on natural remedies.

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