As the early mornings and evenings become nippy, and signals for the changing weather, it also brings an alarming increase in flu and cold among children. When your child is suffering from a cold and cough, then along with the child you also feel miserable.
Did you know that as per the American Academy of Pediatrics, over the counter medication used for treating children is not very effective? In turn, these may be dangerous if used frequently in children under 6 years of age. This often leads you to be helpless when you see your child feeling low. But worry not, now you can banish these colds, coughs, and sneezes with the simple ingredients from your kitchen.
Surprised!! Let’s see how we can use these 6 ingredients to keep our children healthy in the changing season without hampering their playtime.
- Milk and Milk Products: Milk and milk products like yogurt and curds are not only rich in calcium and proteins but also a good source of vitamin A. These help in building immunity along with strong muscles. Also, the good bacteria of the curd and yogurt stop the multiplication of the bad bacteria. The good bacteria also help in recovering from an upset stomach.The best way to serve milk is in the form of milkshakes and yogurts topped with fruit and dry fruits like walnuts and raisins.
- Tulsi Leaves: Tulsi also called as the basil leaves are known for their antibacterial, antifungal, antiallergic and anti-inflammatory properties. The health benefits of using tulsi leaves are that it boosts immunity, improves memory, great for the baby’s soft skin, helps to mobilize the mucus in case of a cough and is a good source of vitamin K. It is quite possible that your little one will not chew the leaves when given directly. So you can mask it with food like pizzas, pasta or just mix it in the dough.
- Honey: Honey is again known for its antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Not only this, it also boosts immunity, is a natural disinfectant, good for digestion and an energy booster. Honey can be taken alone or with lemon and ginger. For children aged 1-5 years, half teaspoon of honey 3-4 times a day, helps to relieve a cough. Honey with ginger juice is also considered to be an elixir of flu and cold. Honey can be taken in any form and the children are sure to love it as it is sweet and soothing for a sore throat. Refrain from giving honey to s child less than 1 year.
- Turmeric: This is a natural antibiotic along with antiseptic properties. Thus, it is very good for treating viral infections, especially cold, cough and flu. Turmeric, when added to warm milk, provides instant relief in case of a runny nose and an aching throat.
- Citrus Fruits: These provide vitamin C which is of utmost importance as it improves immunity in children especially against flu and cold. It is best to include fruit like oranges, limes, and lemons in the child’s diet.
- Soup: Have you ever given a thought how a hot cup of tomato or chicken soup works wonders in cold and cough. These hot soups and others like, curry green leaf soup, lemon honey and garlic soup and ginger chicken noodle help to break down the congestion. Also, the salt in the soup and its warmth have a soothing effect on a sore throat.
These ingredients are easily available in our kitchen. While you take care of the eating habits of your child also make sure that your child is getting enough sleep. If your child is not getting enough sleep, her immune system will become sluggish and will not be able to fight the bad germs making her an easy victim to fall ill frequently.