How to Get Rid of Your Child's Cold Naturally
Fall is already here and the days are getting shorter. Soon the weather will get cooler and in a month or so the rain will come. My daughter is already going to pre-k; my son just started attending first grade. Time flies. It seems like only yesterday they were small infants and I was carrying them in my arms. Today they are happily going to their schools every morning. In the fal,l we start to see more illnesses in children. I always get a bit worried when my kids get sick, even though I assist many little clients every day. I think this is just the nature of parenting.
For a child who just started preschool, it is normal to have frequent colds for a few months. Kids develop their immune system when they get sick, and usually after a few months, their body will adjust to the new environment and they will stay healthy most of the time. If your child gets sick too often, you may consider strengthening her immune system. Constitutional homeopathic treatment is known for boosting the body's ability to fight illness.
What do you do when your child has a fever, runny nose and a cough? Your pediatrician examines the child and declares that he/she has an upper respiratory infection of viral origin that should go away in about a week. Here you are at home with a sick child. Now what?
There are lots of things you can do at home in order to accelerate the healing of the disease and prevent complications. The natural medicines will help the immune system to fight the disease more efficiently.
The breastfed babies should be nursed as often as they want. If your child is 1-3 years old, give her 500mg of vitamin C while she is sick. Children older than 3 should be given 1000 mg. The best preparations to use are the ones in powder form, which can be mixed with juice or water.
Echinacea drops are also a wonderful natural remedy. Natural stores carry the drops made especially for children without alcohol. Use the dosage indicated on the bottle. Do not give Echinacea for more than 5 days in a row.
Now you are ready to give your child some homeopathic remedies. Homeopathy is safe, does not cause any side effects, and can be effectively used at home by parents to treat simple acute illnesses. You can use the homeopathic remedies concurrently with the conventional medicines. In order to choose a correct homeopathic remedy, one has to indentify the symptoms of the child and then pick up the remedy that matches those symptoms. Observe your child carefully. Is the child lethargic or restless? Is she perspiring? Does she want to eat or drink? Is she anxious or frightened?
In children the cold usually starts with a violent response of the immune system. The child's body mounts a strong defense to the immune attack. At this stage you can use the following remedies:
Aconitum napellus is used for colds that come suddenly. The child has a high fever, she is restless, even frightened. Often she wakes up at night frightened, crying inconsolably, sometimes with a dry cough.
Belladonna is useful with the rapid onset of cold, like in Aconite, but with the main symptom of high fever. The head is red and throbbing, the arms and legs remain cold. The heat is burning--you touch your child and feel the heat of her body lingering in your hand.
Ferrum Phosphoricum is useful at the first sign of illnesses with high fever with no other characteristic symptoms. The child looks pale and weak compared to the intensity of the heat in Belladonna-type illness.
Pulsatilla nigricans-- if there is a profuse bland, yellow-white discharge. The child is whining, wants to be carried around. She feels worse in a stuffy room and better outside. The child is not thirsty.
Mercurius Vivus--if thre is a profuse discharge from the nose, like in Pulsatilla, but the color is more yellow-green with a foul smell. There is increased salivation, especially at night. The child sweats profusely, but there is no relief from the perspiration. She feels too cold and then too warm. This type of cold is usually associated with a sore throat or sinusitis.
Kali Bichromicum--useful in the later stages of colds with thick green nasal discharge, forming sticky crusts in the nostrils. There could be postnasal discharge difficult to hawk out in the morning.
Homeopathic remedies are readily available in health food stores. They are sold in different potencies. The best potency to use at home is 30C. Give only one remedy at a time. Depending on the intensity of the symptoms, give your child the remedy once every half an hour or once every few hours. Stop giving the remedy when symptoms improve significantly, and resume the remedy if the child gets worse again. After giving a remedy, you should observe symptom improvement in about 6 hours or after the night's sleep. If a remedy does not work, switch to another one or call a professional homeopath.