6 Possible Cough Remedies for Children

· December 30, 2015
Did you know that chicken soup, apart from being comforting, may also help speed up the recovery process for colds? Its power may lie in its iron and zinc contents.

Coughing is a common symptom of colds and the flu which doesn’t become serious most of the time. People can help treat them with homemade cough remedies.

We all know that colds are more common in cold climates because it’s during this time that our immune system weakens and is exposed to contracting a large number of viruses and bacteria that can affect our body.

In the case of children, it’s very important to see a pediatrician and follow their recommendations to fight colds as well as annoying coughs.

You can also turn to homemade cough remedies that may help significantly relieve the symptoms.

What causes coughing?

Although we mentioned that most of the time coughing is a symptom of colds, it doesn’t always mean it’s caused by this. Coughing happens when viruses inflame and irritate the upper respiratory tracts and cause mucus most of the time.

Coughing in children.

Coughing can be an obvious sign of a cold, an allergy, or a disease that requires more care like bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, or lung cancer. It can appear subtly in children.

In any case, as annoying as it may be, we don’t recommend stopping the cough as soon as possible because it’s the body’s natural response to help clear out the respiratory paths and get rid of microbes, dust, chemicals, or other irritants.

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There are various homemade remedies that may help relieve coughing in children. Discover a few of them here!

Possible cough remedies for children

Chicken soup

This great food for children goes beyond a simple grandmother’s recipe. Chicken soup has become popular because it may help relieve cold symptoms, including coughing.

According to researchers at the Medical Center of the University of Nebraska, the iron and zinc contained in chicken broth may help accelerate the recovery process of severe cough.

Vicks VapoRub

Vicks Vaporub: One of the cough remedies for children.

The classic Vicks VapoRub ointment is a popular remedy to help relieve coughing and other common cold symptoms.

  • Before your child goes to sleep, apply Vicks VapoRub on the soles of their feet and put socks on.
  • You can also massage it on their chest and back.

Honey and lemon

These two ingredients are great for helping to strengthen the immune system and fighting coughs. Lemon is rich in vitamin C and honey is an excellent natural antibiotic. To make this remedy, mix a good amount of lemon juice with bee honey and take a few tablespoons a day.

Read more here: 5 Wonderful Benefits of Lemon Juice for Our Body

Hot chocolate

A study carried out by Imperial College London in the United Kingdom found that chocolate contains an essential component called theobromine, which may help relieve persistent coughing in children after a viral infection.

Marshmallows

This is a delicious homemade remedy children will love. Add a handful of marshmallows to a glass of hot milk and wait for them to melt. Drink before bed.

Banana cream

Banana cream.

This delicious banana cream is tasty and very nutritious. Its delicious flavor makes it a favorite cough remedy for children.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 400 ml of boiling water

Instructions

  • Mash the bananas with a fork or spoon, preferably plastic so that they don’t turn brown.
  • Pour hot water over the bananas, cover them, and let them stand for 30 minutes.
  • Add honey when the mixture is cold.
  • You can strain the mixture in a plastic sieve as well.

How to consume

Every time you want to give your children this cough remedy, slightly heat the mixture and have them eat it 4 times a day.

We hope you enjoyed reading about these possible cough remedies for children!

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