Winter is Coming! Help Your Kids Deal With A Sore Throat Naturally.

7 Sep

It’s terrible when our kids are ill, but bugs and viruses are common when children are young and just building up their immune systems. Sore throats are common companions to coughs and colds and can be really uncomfortable. We don’t have to bombard our kids with medicines and antibiotics though, there are plenty of natural and effective ways to help your kids deal with a sore throat.

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Soothing honey

Remember that Mary Poppins said “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down”? Well honey is one of nature’s great medicines. It is not only soothing for a sore throat, but it also has antibacterial properties meaning that it is healing on the way down. Kids will love this as the majority of children have a sweet tooth. The consistency of honey provides the throat with a protective barrier, helping stop infection. 

Popsicles aren’t just for summer

If your child has a sore throat, they will be instantly cheered up by the prospect of a popsicle. They are an effective home remedy for sore throats. The ice is soothing and can help treat both the feeling of irritation at the back of the throat, and also help reduce inflammation. 

If life gives you lemons…

…make homemade lemonade. Lemons are fantastic for sore throats, they have antiseptic properties and are packed with vitamin C. For grown-ups gargling with a little lemon juice (and possibly some whiskey) is recommended. But kids aren’t tip-top garglers and definitely aren’t allowed whiskey. Instead make a simple lemon syrup (equal parts sugar, water and lemon juice). You can water this syrup down for an instant vitamin C boost that your kids will love. 

Sore throat lozenges

Sore throat lozenges are perfect for kids, especially in fruit and berry flavors. These can also really help if your child has a cough too. They enjoy the sweetness and the lozenge is actually relieving the symptoms of a sore throat. Lozenges should only be given to children over the age of 5 to avoid choking hazard.

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Essential oils

If you have an oil burner, put a few drops of eucalyptus and lavender oil in. These essential oils will not only make your house smell lovely, but they help relieve the symptoms of a sore throat. Add them to a humidifier, oil diffuser or into a carrier oil such as coconut oil and gently rub on your little one’s feet.  Relief will be on its way!

Most of all, kids love cuddles and a bit of couch time when they are feeling poorly. A movie, the blankets and some quiet time can work wonders for your little ones. Take advantage of their still down time and grab your snuggles!

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