Parents have a lot to deal with when it comes to handling common kid ailments. And without a knowledge of all-natural cures that are proven to work, we turn to prescription medication as a crutch for small aches and pains. It is important to consult your doctor if a cold lingers, or for larger medical issues. However, nature has provided many remedies that have been used effectively for centuries. Brushing up on a couple all-natural cures will give you alternatives to the dangers of synthetic prescription drugs.
Coughs and colds.
Go to any park with children climbing on play sets and you get a breeding ground for the common cold. Having a remedy on hand to ease recovery from a cold is a life-saver for any parent. What natural remedy to choose? Mayo Clinic suggests honey to help relieve congestion as well as soothe a sore throat. (Only use as a cough remedy for children over the age of 1.) To administer a honey remedy, mix 2 tsp of honey with 1 tsp of lemon or grated ginger into hot water. Allow to dissolve and cool before serving.
Gargling with salt water can also soothe a sore throat. Add a tsp of salt to a cup of water and let it dissolve before gargling. Some children are unable to gargle effectively and find the experience unpleasant, so you may prefer honey over this option.
Many ear infections do not need prescription drugs for effective treatment. As the pain of an earache can often be diminished through a warm and cold compress. Place a cold compress on the ear for 10 minutes and then alternate to a warm one. Or, if you prefer, just one type of compress can also help reduce pain.
For a herbal remedy, consider using tea tree oil as an ear drop to ease the pain of an earache. Tea tree oil is a well-recognized, effective anti-inflammatory and antibacterial solution.
The complaint is a common one in any household with children. Stomachache causes can range from acid reflux, to indigestion, to gas, or constipation. If you have already ruled out possible food allergies and have consulted with your doctor, try adding ginger to your family’s diet. Ginger has been a long-time cure for nausea and is well-known to aid digestion. Another option is CBD oil. Recent studies have been looking at CBD as a treatment for various gastrointestinal issues. You can find CBD oil in the Portland area through sites like this one, or do a search for dispensaries in your city.
If you child has a toothache, the common cause is childhood cavities and decay, which should be looked at by a dentist. However, if the dentist appointment is a day away, you still have some long hours to get through until your child can find relief. There are a couple of solutions you can try. Have your child rinse their mouth out with salt water (1 tsp of salt in 1 cup of water). They should swish the solution in their mouth for approx. 30 seconds. Salt is able to help bring down swelling, and thus alleviate some pain. Peppermint tea has some numbing properties. Steep 1 tsp of peppermint leaves in a cup of hot water and for half an hour. After which, have your child swish the tea around in their mouth for 30 seconds or so.
Headaches in kids can be a symptom of stress, hunger, a need for a healthier lifestyle, or other triggers. So while it is good to think of cures, you need to also be thinking of what might be causing the headache. If it is a sinus headache, with pain around the cheeks and eyes, lavender aromatherapy can help to relieve the pain. Diffuse lavender oil in the room, or have your child sniff the oil at intervals.