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1. I always recommend managing fever with a warm bath. Dip cotton socks in cold water. When you take the child out of the bath, put lavender oil on his or her feet, then the damp cotton socks, then wool socks, and then bundle him or her up. The heat will then be drawn out of the child’s core and into his or her extremities so it can break. The wool socks stay warm as they get wet and pull the heat into the legs.

Dr. John Edwards – USA


2. Cough – my oldest child used to be prone to a bad cough with whatever virus/cold/bug he got. Thankfully, after cutting dairy from his diet, and with regular chiropractic care, those coughs are now few and far between. The good thing is that I found a few remedies that are amazing:

a. Mullein tincture
b. Planetary Herbals Old Indian Syrup for Kids (I am never without this in my medicine cabinet)
c. This homemade syrup was the ONLY thing that helped a bad cough/cold that went through our house a few years ago (I wish I knew who to give credit to for this!):
1/4 tsp. ginger (dried), 1/4 tsp. cayenne, 2 Tbsp honey, 2 Tbsp water, 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (mix thoroughly and take as needed. Refrigerate up to 2 weeks)
d. Raw, local honey to soothe sore throat/cough
e. Eliminate dairy from diet when congested/coughing
f. Chiropractic adjustments

For infants, what I would do is breastfeed and take extra vitamin C and echinacea (to pass thru the breast milk to the baby). Also hot steam, humidifier, keep it flowing. The cough is probably just from the drainage happening. Usually a cough is the last symptom.

Sarah Holland – USA


3. This may not work for everyone, but we have used baths with mustard powder with great success for lingering cold/cough/stuffy nose when a person is no longer feverish. This is to be used only when the person does not have a fever any longer. Add about one-half to three-quarters cup of powdered mustard to tub of water, pour it as tub is filling up. The water has to be on the warm side, above body temperature. For a sitting bath we have it at about 102F, for standing, soaking water has been up to 104F. Stay in that for about 15 min or according to your tolerance. When standing, the soaking legs are to be in the water as far up the calf as possible, this depends on the amount of water in the tub. Skin turning pink is normal. Keep the door to the bathroom closed to trap the steam. It is an excellent sinus cleanser. Once person is out of the tub, have PJs ready and blankets and quickly dry off, clothe, and wrap in blankets. Some perspiration is expected. We sit and watch a video or read a book for 20-30 min while wrapped in blankets to keep the heat in the body. Usually have results within 24-36 hours. For stubborn colds I have repeated this on the 3rd night from the first bath.

To decrease night-time coughing, we have had great success by putting drops of good quality Lavender essential oil into the water of the humidifier (we just have a ceramic bowl with warm water on top of a candle warmer). I have not researched why, but we found that Lavender essential oil works the best for us. I used it in the hope of helping my son to sleep during a cold, but he ended up with truly great sleep due to minimal to no coughing. I tried Eucalyptus but it did not work. So, I am convinced it is the Lavender and not the steam that makes the greatest difference. This has been a life-saver for us because there is no safe cough suppressant medication that can be given to a child under 4 years of age.

Tatiana Sonnenberg – USA


4. Coconut oil and garlic salve! Blend 1/3 cup of coconut oil to about 6 -8 cloves of garlic. Rub on baby’s chest and on the bottom of the feet. It’s amazing!

Alison Abromovich – USA


5. For older kids and adults (or younger kids if they will drink it), at the first sign of something coming up – drink this anti-inflammatory tea two to three times a day. 1 heaped tbsp of fresh chopped ginger (or paste) and 1/2 tsp turmeric with a cup of water- boil for 5 minutes, strain, and drink warm. You will feel some relief within half-hour. Give plenty of warm fluids and water as it helps to flush out phlegm and keep nasal passages moist. Rest is essential. For cough – honey and pepper helps. Amrutadi is used for many common ailments in ayurvedic medicine (it is generally not palatable for young children).

Padmini Purushotam – India


6. Colds – A drop or two of oregano, lavender and rosemary essential oils together works best rubbed under the feet with a carrier oil at the first signs of a cold. If it is full blown cold, these help manage the discomfort – add eucalyptus and peppermint too to the mix and rub some on the chest. Certain essential oils are not recommended for babies and very young children and check specific dilution. Check too if you have any medical conditions. Humidifier/diffuser is a must have to breath easily in the night. Ensure it is wiped clean and air dried each time as it collects residue and some can also attract mold. Distilled water is recommended. Prop head and chest up on pillow to manage the coughing.

Using fresh chopped onion is an ancient remedy that helps absorb bacteria and prevent sickness passing on to others, and it helps you breathe better while sleeping (especially if you don’t have a diffuser/humidifier. Place an uncovered plate or tray of chopped onion in your home near your sleeping area or in the room where you spend a lot of your time. To get the most benefit, don’t run a fan or humidifier in the same room. To break up the phlegm in the chest, eat soups with plenty of onion, garlic and squeeze lemon into it. Grate a small piece of onion, squeeze the juice into a spoon, add lemon juice and honey, stir, gulp and wash down with little water (works with young kids too).

Hydration is very important, however, be wary of suggestions to keep children hydrated with soda drinks or sugar-based popsicles – it is actually giving food (sugar) to the bacteria, and the infection will grow faster. Avoid cold foods.

Fevers – To even out body temperature, lightly soak cotton balls in lemon (not lime) juice and keep the cotton balls against the bottom of each foot (most easily held in place while lying down by wearing woolen socks with the cotton balls inside). Lemon essential oil might have the same effect. Place a damp cool cloth on forehead and cool it again once it reaches room temperature.

Sangitha P Lorenz – USA


7. When my kids got colds I nipped them in the bud with a drop of saline nasal drops into each nostril twice a day and a good blowing of the nose after five minutes — did the trick.

Shail Silva – Germany


8. A bath can also help bring down temperature. We usually use a thermometer and get water up to 98.6 and just a few inches deep so the child can lay down. When the child starts feeling cold, take him or her out.

Contributor – USA


9. You can get a cough from allergies because the mucus runs down the back of the throat and this can cause sore throat and cough.

Contributor – USA


10. Put breast milk or saline drop up the nose of an infant who is congested, sneezing and wheezing — before suctioning helps.

Contributor – USA


11. Organic raw pineapple juice, raw local honey with lemon, and apple cider vinegar all help.

Contributor – USA


12. For Croup, turn the shower on super hot, close the door and let it steam up real good. Sit for a while in the hot steam.

Contributor – USA


13. Fresh lemon juice or pineapple juice mixed with raw honey works wonders for my son when he gets croup.

Contributor – USA


14. Grapefruit seed extract is great for fighting infection, cold and flu. Colloidal silver can be used instead of antibiotics.

Contributor – USA


15. Cough syrup with honey and onion juice. Liquid calcium helps with the fever.

Contributor – USA


16. Elderberry syrup, Manuka, raw honey, turmeric, fermented cod liver oil, multivitamins and probiotics to be taken on a daily basis.

Contributor – USA


17.For Cough, straight up raw, unfiltered honey, mix 1/8 teaspoon of Ceylon cinnamon and same amount of bee pollen, that should help with fever and pain/inflammation.

Contributor – USA


18. Tea with fresh oregano, onion, raw honey & lemon.

Contributor – USA


19. We elevate the bed a little on one side when our daughter has a cough and I apply essential oils to her feet.

Contributor – USA


20. For Whooping Cough – Look up the vitamin C protocol for pertussis. Everything I’ve read tells us not to take antibiotics because antibiotics only help in taking away the contagious factor but does nothing for the sick person besides weakening the immune system. Also look up Dr. Suzanne Humphries. She has a vitamin C protocol for whooping cough.

Contributor – USA


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