Surprising Natural Cold and Flu Remedies for Kids

Nature Cold and Flu Remedies

Has your family been attacked by the cold or flu virus yet this school year?  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

Use the Wet Sock Treatment

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. Both Fox River Mills, and Wigwam manufacture wool socks for kids in the USA.
  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.

Apply a menthol rub to help relieve congestion.

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!!

Soothe chapped, irritated skin.

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 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.

Invest in an American made air purifier.

During the winter months, air in our home gets stale while germs, dust particles, and other air pollutants are trapped. Invest in an American made air purifier to ensure that the air you and your family breathe in your home is clean all year long.  The made in New York Intellipure Ultrafine air purifier is the only air purifier on the market that combats all three air pollutant categories- Micro-organisms, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), and Particles. Intellipure air purifier users have noticed overall improved health; better breathing, less snoring, allergy relief,  among other benefits. Read my Intellipure Ultrafine 468 review here. 

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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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  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.

  7. Judith Martinez says:

    The lemongrass calendula body rub sounds incredible!

  8. ellen beck says:

    I have heard aall but the wet socks. I mean I am middle age and have never ever heard of it. Its worth a try though and cant hurt although I would put a towel or bag over them too or it woud make for a messy bed.

  9. I;ve never heard of wet socks. Sounds counterintuitive, but I might try it!
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  10. last “cold” season we discovered that Zinc works wonders for us. So we all start taking it even before the cold starts and if usually kids were sick at least twice a month ( I blame it on school of course) or sometimes more this year –nothing at all.

  11. That is the craziest thing I have heard. Wet socks?! okay I am so going to try this. I have done some crazy things to avoid/heal but not wet socks…yet.

  12. Melissa Hilton says:

    these are fantastic! i will have to try them!

  13. Tamra Phelps says:

    Wet socks? That’s completely new to me! I don’t know if I could stand it, lol. I have a horrible cold right now…& I’m using lots of Vitamin C. I might have to try the wet sock thing.

  14. Thanks! So helpful!

  15. Thanks to you, my baby was sick.

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