Winter Wellness For Kids with Coughs and Colds
Natural Relief for A Chesty Cough in Children
There’s nothing worse than listening to your child coughing and sneezing, it makes you feel so helpless. Thankfully, there are natural remedies that can help relieve their symptoms. It can be that when you collect them from creche or school they are coughing or sneezing, especially at the start of the school year. It’s a good idea to have a couple of things in the cupboard for these times.
ForTuss Otosan is ideal to help relieve coughs and is suitable for a dry or productive cough. It tastes good too which is important for kids. I love that it’s suitable from one year of age as there is very little for this age group. It’s suitable for the oldest member of the family too! It contains Manuka Honey, renowned for its anti-microbial properties.
Elderberries are a natural source of vitamin C and Zinc
Elderberries are traditionally used to help with respiratory problems there’s lot of supplements. Biocare Children’s Elderberry Complex is one option, it’s formulated for children aged three and above. It has a fruity flavour and can be taken straight from the spoon, or mixed in food or drinks. Elderberries are a natural source of vitamin C and zinc.
To help support immunity, top up on vitamin D, as it’s antiviral and supports immunity. BetterYou Vitamin D Oral Spray Junior is a great option for kids as there is no struggle swallowing large tablets or chewing unpleasant tasting pills. It is easy to administer, a simple spray onto the inside of their cheek. Most parents love this product as there is seldom any argument. Choose between the infant or the junior depending on the age. And of course, don’t forget yourself, you need to stay on top of your game. You can choose between the 1,000iu or the 3,000iu BetterYou Vitamin D Oral Spray.
Dairy products can contribute to excessive mucous production
A healthy diet is important, and not always easy to achieve with young kids. Aim for three main meals in a day, try to avoid giving them sugary snacks to keep them going between meals. Ideally snacks could be some natural yoghurt with a little bit of fruit. A small amount of cheese, eggs, or meat slice on a wheat free cracker. Nut butter on crackers are handy too. Chunks of carrot, peppers, or apple can keep them going between meals. However, keep an eye on the number of dairy products and sugar they eat as they can contribute to excess mucous production and aggravate the problem. If you have a fussy eater you might like to top up their nutrient level with a multivitamin, you could consider BetterYou Junior MultiVit Oral Daily Spray, like the vitamin D it’s sprayed onto the inside of the cheek. My sister's daughter just loved using this spray, she was a fussy eater when she was a toddler, she was thrilled having control over the bottle herself. She sprayed in into her own mouth and asked for the bottle before her mother had a chance to produce it. Happy days for my sister.
Essential Oil Massage can help your child relax
Children can get agitated and stressed with extreme bouts of coughing. Here are a couple of ways you can help relax them. Try a massage on the chest or back area using some Tisserand Lavender Essential Oil blended with Almond oil. The mix I would suggest is 30ml of Almond oil and 5drops of Lavender Essential Oil. This could be part of a bedtime routine helping to relax them and to get them to sleep at the same time and ease the coughing too. Or there's the BetterYou Magnesium Sleep Body Spray for kids. Spray on the back or chest, shoulders, neck, or their legs to help them relax. This has the extra benefits of having magnesium and essentials oils, including Lavender. Magnesium is said to help with respiratory issues.
These are just some of the natural solutions to help you deal with your kid's coughs this winter.
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My 4 year loves BetterYou Junior Multivitamin Oral Spray, she sprays onto her cheek everyday without me having to prompt her