These. Are. The. Worst. Scratchy, irritated throats throw everything off! Your kids eating habits will likely change, their voices might start sounding like they’ve been smoking three packs a day for twenty years…sore throats make for miserable kids. Check out these amazing hacks to bring your children some much-needed relief!
Heat one cup of water in a small saucepan over medium heat; add a tablespoon of good-quality honey. Once warm (but not boiling) add a splash of lemon juice and a little sugar to taste. Honey is an absolute natural miracle! It’s not only jam-packed with antibacterial properties, but it’s also acts as a hypertonic osmotic–this means, basically, that is has the power to draw water out of inflamed, irritated tissue. Because of this, it’s been used for ages as a sore throat remedy! Drinking this mixture twice a day will knock out that sore throat in no time!
In between meals, ask your kids to sip warm liquids–a great option is Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup! The high salt content (let’s be frank, it’s some salty soup) is great for zapping bacteria while the warmth will help sooth inflammation! Really, any of your child’s favorite warm liquids will do a good job in making them feel better–hot chocolate with a drop of peppermint essential oil is a great idea too!
Ice Ice Baby
Just as much as warm liquids are awesome, cold foods are great too! Now, you can go out and buy your child’s favorite popsicles, you can opt for a pre-made medicated ice pop…or you can make your own! All you need is a cup of lemonade (homemade with high-quality lemon juice is best, but store bought will work too), and of course, 2 tablespoons of honey. You can freeze them up as is, or you can add a few packages of a sore throat tea–there’s a great one from Traditional Medicinals called Just For Kids Throat Coat Tea. Just make it according to package instructions and mix it in before freezing!
Even as grown human beings, we despise congestion–but knowing that your kid can’t breathe is so much more stressful. Thankfully, you’ve got some great congestion-busters laying around your house right now!
First thing’s first, get your child drinking tons of fluids–water, obviously, is a great start. You can offer them any fruit juices they might like, but avoid dairy products like milk and milkshakes–dairy increases mucous production and will only make your kiddo’s congestion worse. Obviously for younger children we suggest picking a spill-proof sippy cup that they can carry around all day, but for your older kids (middle schoolers and teenagers) consider a CamelBak water bottle! And this should really go without saying but we’ll say it anyways–SODA DOESN’T COUNT AS A FLUID! Avoid it!
Okay, so most people turn to Vicks Vaporub for relief without realizing that it doesn’t actually help with chest and sinus congestion. We know, that seems crazy, but it’s true. While grabbing that little blue tub of goo isn’t going to do much good, you can throw together a soothing rub of your very own. All you need is coconut oil and any of nine essential oils proven to relieve congestion. They are…
-Tea Tree Oil -Lemon Oil
-Eucalyptus Oil -Rosemary Oil
-Peppermint Oil -Thyme Oil
Just mix up one (or a few) of these oils with your coconut oil and apply to your child’s feet, back, chest and neck.
Bath bombs were, undoubtedly, one of 2016s most popular fads–before long every mom-blogger, diy-er and youtuber had their own recipe for their favorite bath bomb.
And what do you know–we do too.
While there are no toys, rings or glitter in our bath bombs, they do hold something pretty amazing–complete congestion relief! What’s even cooler, you can make these from what you’ve probably got laying around at home, or from dollar-tree finds! Here’s how to make them:
-1 Cup Baking Soda -½ Cup Cornstarch
-¼ Cup Epsom Salts -30 Drops Eucalyptus Oil
-10 Drops of either Lavender or Lemon Oil
Super easy–mix everything together as quickly as you can and pack into a standard ice cube tray. Let them sit overnight, and in the morning you can treat your child to a hot, relaxing bath by popping a few into the hot water!
BODY ACHES AND FEVER
Nothing breaks a Mama’s heart faster than seeing her child hurting! With what you’ve got on hand, you can make a fast acting pain-relief compress and a fever reducer!
Taking a standard washcloth, moisten it and stick it in the microwave until it’s warm-to-hot. Place it in a ziploc bag and wrap the bag with a clean tea towel! It’s that easy–this will relieve muscle pain related to not only cold and flu, but also for menstrual cramps and more!
A super simple idea: mix together one part rubbing alcohol to two parts water in a strong, ziploc freezer bag. Keep it in the freezer and watch the magic happen–the alcohol keeps the water from freezing solid, allowing it to become super chilled! Wrap it in a clean tea towel and apply to the back of the neck (for migraine headaches) or onto the forehead for fever relief! (Also, if you have essential oils on hand, you can apply peppermint oil directly to the skin for instant cooling!)
Making A Permanent Compress
If you’re looking to make a more permanent solution that you can keep on hand at all times, (and won’t leak water everywhere!) check out this DIY for tube-sock compresses!
-Beans, Rice, Oats (Uncooked) -Tube Sock
-Sewing Kit (Optional) -Essential Oils (Optional)
You know where we’re going with this! Take your filling (uncooked beans, rice or oats) and add them to the tube sock! Either sew it up or tie it off, and pop it in the microwave or freezer!
What’s even cuter is you can use character socks with your kid’s favorite superhero, cartoon, or sports team!
If you’re willing to take this to the next level, we recommend making two–one blue sock, one red sock. In your blue sock (this’ll be the “cold” sock), add your rice and peppermint oil, and seal it up! In your warm sock, you can add lavender or cinnamon oil. Microwave it any time you need!
Of course, it’s important to keep an eye out for your child’s sickness to become something more serious–at that point, it’s definitely time for a doctor visit!