A sick child
by, 11-23-2008 at 08:57 AM (513 Views)
We're missing church today. I hate missing church. But we are, because one of my children isn't feeling well. We're lucky to have a church that broadcasts on the internet, so I can still sort of join in, but I will sorely miss the fellowship. Anyway, motherhood beckons me today.
I decided that there's no time like the present to share with you some of my favorite "frugal" home remedies for basic illnesses. I don't like to run to the doctor for every ache and pain, so in cases like this, where average cold symptoms are present, we take care of things at home.
SORE THROAT: Sore throats can be tricky, so I recommend seeing a doctor if you are not sure what you're dealing with. A sore throat that is worse in the morning and gets better later in the day is usually caused by post-nasal drip (ick factor: snot leaking down into your throat all night) and can be fixed up nicely with a spoonful of pure honey. It tastes good and is good for you, too. Honey has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, making it a super food in my opnion.
Ginger tea and salt water gargle also help sore throats.
RUNNY NOSE / STUFFY NOSE: Here I recommend a purchase. I don't advocate cold medications. I think that most of them are a huge waste of money. But a runny or stuffy nose can make for a miserable child. Two things I highly recommend are Breathe Right Nasal Strips and Vicks Vaporizer liquid. Running the vaporizer helps clear the nose and also helps calm a cough. Nasal strips open up the passage ways in the nose and allow a child to breathe better, especially at night. Soft hankies are a must, too. Forget the Puffs Plus. Get some washable, reusable hankies. They're softer than toilet paper and more economical than Puffs Plus. Just make sure you have enough on hand so that they can be used while others are being washed.
Be sure the sick person drinks lots of whatever. The drink isn't as important as the AMOUNT of liquid. Be flexible and patient here.
Get the person into sunshine if possible. Even a sunny window. It feels good and is a mood lifter, too.
Most of all, wait it out. Colds can last a week or two. Keep the person comfy and cared for and the duration will feel shorter, at the very least.