Kids are very strong and with a tremendous ability to heal themselves, as they do not carry as much as emotional and mental stress as we adults do. They sometimes run up and down the stairs with a fever and running nose and still have lots of energy. If your child has no history of asthma or severe allergies there is no reason to panic. Try to help them naturally.
I have been treating my two kids 8 and 12 y.o. with natural remedies such as hot compress, teas, massage with essential oils and acupressure. They hardly get sick and if they do get colds, it only lasts for couple of days with mild symptoms.
As soon as you notice the first symptoms such as lack of appetite, low energy, mood swings, slight headaches, gas and sore throat, begin a preventative approach. Cut or reduce all sugar, from simple sugars to complex ones. Reduce or cut dairy foods and processed food. Stay with oats, whole grain bread and cereal, lots of soup ( lentils, chick peas, squash, vegetables, and chicken soup, if you eat meat). This initial approach will give energy and nourishment to your kids and help strengthen their immune system. It is also important to consult with your Doctor if the symptoms persists.
What to do when kids get colds or flu
Most important is to give them comfort and make them feel very special. read stories, massage their bodies, talk to them, draw uplifting pictures, write in big letters “I LOVE YOU”. Hydrate them regularly by offering home made teas and lots of water.
Kids loves to be cuddle and listen to soft music. Choose quite activities and lots of REST
For fever symptoms
Monitor the fever so it does not get higher than 37.5C
Apply warm compress
Soak a flannel or towel in warm water and place it on forehead and feet to help cool down the body
Hydrate- Offer a sip of water every half an hour, or if they can drink a full glass of water, every hour it is also great.
Beginning symptoms of sore throat or congestion
Gargle with 1 drop of tea tree, 1 drop of lemon in one glass of warm water 3-6 times daily. You may also use celtic sea salt 1/2 tsp in one glass of warm water.
It is beneficial to heat rice milk and sip slowly for more soothing relief 2-4 times daily.
Direct inhalation by applying one drop of Lavender or diluted Tea tree in the palm of hands and inhale deeply. It prevents the germs from descending down the bronchus to the lungs.
Inhalation through vapor- Add 2 drops of eucalyptus and rosemary in a bowl of hot water, cover head with a blanket and breath in the warm steam. Clear germs from throat and upper airways.
Echinacea tincture and vitamin C, preferably a natural form such as camu berry powder are also helpful during the acute stage.
Good luck with flu season!
The information above is intended to educate not to cure. Please consult with your physician or professional health care specialist.