There’s reason to be alarmed if your kids seem to always be coughing, no matter what medication (prescribed by their pediatrician) they take. Luckily, there are easy-to-prepare natural remedies to help you address your kids’ endless coughing without nagging them to take their cough medicines.
Most parents actually have qualms giving over-the-counter cough medicines to kids on a prolonged basis. Give the chemicals a rest and opt for natural cough remedies that work. Many of the ingredients you’d find in your cupboard are actually good at combating what ails your kids. Add garlic & onions to chicken or vegetable soup to make the little ones who are plagued with cough feel better. For older kids (definitely not for those under the age of one year), drinking honey with grape juice may help treat stubborn cough.
If your child is Asthmatic or if the coughing comes with other symptoms, pointing to bronchitis or sinus infection, prompt medical attention is imperative. Kids with gastrointestinal reflux, likewise, need medical attention. Most of the time, the persistent coughing may be triggered by frequent exposure to airborne pollutants. Give your allergy-prone and Asthmatic kids lots of water always, especially when they are incessantly coughing.
Older members of the family who also experience occasional cough & colds may drink juice extracted from onions with some honey twice or thrice a day. Aniseed may also be effective in treating hard, dry cough. Grown-ups with bothersome cough that won’t go away may try chopping up garlic cloves; mix with a teaspoon of honey and consume.
Avoid second-hand smoke, as well as foods that may tend to increase mucus production, like deep-fried foods and dairy products. Have jasmine oil? Inhale after putting a few drops in your handkerchief for aromatic relief. Drink tea to promote respiratory health and even stimulate mental clarity. Look for organic lemon echinacea teas or those made with organic licorice root or slippery elm bark to promote throat health and strengthen your immune system. If you have time to brew your own tea, get about six sage leaves, crush & add to boiling water then add a teaspoon of honey. Let the sage be infused, take out the leaves and enjoy your sage & honey tea for cough relief.