My kids (ages 8 and almost 3) were both home with me all summer. Then they returned to school and daycare in mid-August. Just one week after my youngest returned to daycare, she was sick with a cold. Needless to say, I wanted to relieve her cold symptoms quickly and keep the rest of our family from getting sick.
I quickly started feeling the initial signs of a cold too — not surprising since my daughter is always in my face, on my lap, and in my arms. This started on a Friday evening and we had the long Labor Day weekend to snuggle and get better.
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Of course my oldest also ended up getting sick because the kids played together all weekend. Thankfully there are lots of home treatments to relieve cold symptoms in children. Below are some things I did that really helped to relieve cold symptoms and kick that cold out of our house quickly.
3 Tips to Quickly Relieve Cold Symptoms
Please note: I am not a doctor. None of this should be considered medical advice. These are simply things we have tried that have been helpful for my family. Be sure to do your own research and talk to a doctor where appropriate.
1. Naturally boost Vitamin C consumption
We don’t normally drink a lot of juice, but when we do it’s 100% fruit juice. This is a good source of vitamin C so one of the first things I do when anyone in our house has the initial signs of a cold is make sure all of us drink 16 ounces of fruit juice throughout the day to get that vitamin C boost.
2. Naturally kill germs around the house
When cold germs strike, I spray an all-natural antibacterial spray on door knobs, light switches and on blankets to help kill germs around the house.
I had extra incentive to keep germs from spreading throughout the house because my husband had a half marathon to run in just 8 days. Having him catch this cold would not be great for him having a successful race finish.
3. Naturally aid in sleep
At nap and bed times I made a mixture of 1 drop lavender essential oil with some sweet almond oil in the palm of my hand. I spread this mixture on my kids’ chests. Plant Therapy has a line of KidSafe essential oils. Lavender is one of those oils that is considered kid safe when diluted. Lavender is known to help with sleep and relaxation.
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My daughter’s cold was virtually gone after 6 days and mine after 5 days. My son only showed symptoms for 2 days! I credit this most to increasing his fruit juice intake before he even showed symptoms. My husband never caught our cold and he had a successful race.
While drinking lots of water is also super important, I didn’t highlight that specifically because we always drink lots of water — not just when we are sick.
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