Child Tips: 2 Natural & Simple Ways To Deal With A Cold

Health & Medical Blog

Colds may be common, but that does not mean you have to accept them. You do not want your child to feel the symptoms for too long, and you may be wary about some of the commercially-sold medicines with questionable ingredients. Do not worry, as there are a few simple and natural remedies for a cold that you can try.

A Spoonful of Honey & Cinnamon

The secret behind this blend is the two main ingredients, which contain strong antibacterial properties. Cinnamon, for one, has several bacteria-killing contents like cinnamaldehyde that should help eradicate the pathogen making your child sick. You should know that cinnamon is good for more than a cold; it is also good for things like diarrhea or infections. So it is a good idea to keep some in your home.

The other ingredient that you should pay attention to is the honey that contains flavonoids and phenolic acid. These active compounds help make honey a strong cold-killer, which a study recently pointed out. The study concluded that taking 2 ounces or 4 tablespoons of honey a day may reduce the duration of your child's cold by two days.

So sprinkle some cinnamon over a spoonful of honey and have your child take it 4 times a day. Remember that this remedy does not supplant your doctor's advice.

The Vitamin D Method

Everyone is aware that vitamin C helps fight colds, but not many are aware of the power of vitamin D.

Vitamin D helps create hundreds of antibacterial peptides in the body that attack everything from viruses, fungi, and bacteria. You can get vitamin D from the sun, but most people spend much of their time indoors. The amount of time you need outside depends on your skin pigmentation. Slightly tan skin needs around 15 to 20 minutes of sunlight, whereas dark skin may need around 6 times that amount of time.

Others may take a shower after they come from outdoors, which removes the vitamin D that your body produces when you are exposed to the sun. It is estimated that around 85 percent of United States is deficient in vitamin D.

Do not fret because the following super foods are high in vitamin D and may help your child:

  • Eggs from cage-free and organically fed chickens
  • Raw milk
  • Lard from foraged hogs
  • Fermented cod liver oil
  • Organ meat

For more information, contact Kitsap Children's Clinic LLP or a similar location.


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