5 Summer Cold Remedies For Kids

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Being a nerdy nurse and all, I am often asked to pass along valuable information. Often times it is information, but not very valuable. Other times the information has value, but I can’t bring myself to write anything about it worth reading. And honestly the 2 keep coming back here have me over a barrel, and I want to entertain you if at all possible… or at least avoid boring you to tears too terribly often.

This is NOT Medical Advice

It should be noted that I am not a physician, nor do I play one on TV. And since I’m not a doctor I cannot diagnose or dispense medical recommendations. I also don’t play a nurse on TV. I do that for real… but if you’re looking for a star for your new medical drama/comedy that could change. This nerdy nurse isn’t above that, I assure you. And just be clear: you, or anyone else, are not to take this as the gold standard for anything of or relating to colds or of remedies thereof, or any other ailments that may caused increased secretions and generalized discomfort. This is useful information being shared by one caring person on on the blogosphere. who just happens to be a nurse, and you should always consult your doctor for any medical needs.

With that in mind, and since I was asked very politely to share this with you, here are:

5 Summer Cold Remedies for Children

Many people assume the common cold is an illness people catch during the fall and winter months. There are several colorful phrases we can associate with assuming, but for times sake lets just know that in this case they are wrong.The truth is a cold is a virus that is prevalent during every season, year round.

Remedies for the Summer Cold

1) Make sure you drink a lot fluid and increase intake of Vitamin C.Increased hydration will help your body fight the virus off more quickly. Vitamin C will help shorten the length of a cold. Try drinking cold drinks such as orange juice or grapefruit juice

2) Pick up a pack Kids-EEZE soft chews. They target coughs and sinus congestion, the main symptoms of a cold or hay fever. It comes in delicious summer flavors like grape!

3) Try using a humidifier. These are great in the summer time because they do not add any additional heat to the room and it cleanses the air.

4) Honey is one of the best remedies if you’re having a sore throat along with a cold. Try adding honey to every day meals such as pancakes or to your ice tea.

More effective lying flat in a bed

5) Get plenty of rest. Whether you are sick or not, a good night’s sleep will always improve a person’s overall health.

Lets just add one more to this list. Actually lets just add this one to your daily list of life duties: Wash Your Hands! Make your kids wash their hands! Stop the germs from going any farther.

Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for this post. I have not personally tried the Kids-EEZE product and you should always consult with your child’s doctor before giving them any new medications..Please also note the the FDA recommends against giving children under the age of 2 over-the-counter cold medications.

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7 comments
Glowworm McGlow
Glowworm McGlow

I would probably add 2 things:
Cold remedies really shouldn't be used in children age 6 and under.... :) It is no longer recommended. Actually Kids-Eeze notes this on their product. :)

The other thing would be that if parents are using humidifiers or vaporizors, they should be cleaned well every day per instructions to prevent mold, which could cause other problems. 

Good post! :)

Jade
Jade

Britney such a great information. I have two kids, one is 10 and the other one is 8 years old. I will take seriously this piece of advice from your article.

Arains
Arains

Thanks for the great tips! I have a 3 year old!

Adriana
Adriana

I'm pretty happy to see that, even if I am not a kid, I still do almost all the stuff above :D I love fruits, I'm eating an apple as I type, I drink a lot of water, I sleep enough, I wash my hands when I get inside the house and as many times I feel necessary, I use honey to sweeten my tea and besides all that, I go for a run in the nearby park almost every morning :D

I don't use a humidifier, my room is pretty humid in the morning, I have some trees just outside my bedroom. But I really don't know and maybe someone can tell me, why do we need the air to be humid? How does it help?

The Nerdy Nurse
The Nerdy Nurse

thank you for the additional information. Noted!

I did know you are supposed to clean humidifiers, but was not aware of the children under 6! Thank you for informing us :)

The Nerdy Nurse
The Nerdy Nurse

Glad I could share them. Basic stuff that most people know, really, but it's always good to have this sort of information reinforced.

The Nerdy Nurse
The Nerdy Nurse

Humidity in the air does several things.
1. Help to relieve congestions, dry throat, and kin
2. Decrease the amount of dust/pollen floating in the air which will help with any seasonal allergies that may be exacerbating your cold symptoms
3. You an also add medicated vapors to the steam to help break up congestion

-most of these are purely for comforts sake, since the virus does have to run it's course, but it will help you to feel better and get back to your routine sooner.

according to the epa:

"Humidifiers are commonly used in homes to relieve the physical discomforts of dry nose, throat, lips, and skin"
http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/humidif.html