Has your family been attacked by the cold or flu virus yet this school year? Mine has just been hit. 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.
Natural Cold and Flu Remedies for Kids
Wet Sock Treatment
- At bedtime wet white cotton socks with very cold water.
- Wring them out.
- Put them on your child’s feet.
- Cover with wool socks. Both Fox River Mills, and Wigwam manufacture wool socks for kids in the USA.
- Put your patient to bed.
- 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 one of America’s oldest apothecary manufacturers. 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 Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Company Calendula Salve.
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. Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Company Calendula Salve has worked wonders on their sensitive skin! All of Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve 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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