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Sharing with you my favorite tried and tested natural cough remedies for kids. I find these very effective especially when given at the first sign of cough and cold like sneezing and stuffy or runny nose.
One of the hardest things in motherhood is when the kids get sick. It never gets easier! My two kids have asthma and I have noticed that common cold and flu trigger an attack so I go to great lengths to protect them from viruses but you know how it is right? It doesn’t matter if we cover them from head to toe or use all the antibacterial products in the world, germs will find their way into our children’s system. So we just keep them healthy as best as we can and if they do catch the bug, we do our best to lessen the number of sick days and help them recover as soon as possible.
The Best Natural Cough Remedies for Kids (and Adults!)
One of the best thing to do when the kids have cough or cold is to bring up their liquid intake because it thins out the mucus. Warm or cold juice also works but choose natural ones and avoid juices laden with sugar.
Pei Pa Koa is a popular Chinese herbal syrup but they also come in candy form. A favorite cough remedy in many parts of East Asia like Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines. Pei Pa Koa is made from a blend of herbs including ginger and honey and can help provide kids relief from cough, cold, sore throat and hoarseness of voice. Tastes good too! I got this from Watsons PH but you can also get them through Amazon HERE.
I use Lavender and Eucalyptus essential oils alternately at home because of their therapeutic effects. Both can help loosen mucus and I find using a diffuser at bedtime it really helpful in giving my kids a good night sleep because it helps lessen the coughing. I use a regular humidifier and just add a few drops of oil to the water but you can also use diffusers with cute animal designs which your kids will love.
Honey, Lemon and Apple Cider Vinegar Tea
This by far is my favorite way to get rid of phlegm and mucus. I’m not very comfortable giving my kids medicines each time they have cough and cold so as long as it is not accompanied by other symptoms such as fever and chills, I avoid reaching out for medicines and give them honey, lemon and apple cider vinegar tea instead. I also take this myself whenever I feel the onset of a flu and it really helps alleviate or ease the discomfort. So easy to make too!
You will need
- Ginger Infused Honey
- Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar (with the “mother”)
- Lemon or Calamansi
Put warm water in a mug, add 2 tablespoons of honey, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (with the mother!) then add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. I give this to my kids twice a day. I think this is one of the most effective cough remedies for kids to use at night so they get a good night’s sleep.
Why it works?
Lemon is loaded with Vitamin C that can help boost the immune system in preventing bacterial and viral infections. Honey is a great cough suppressant and can help soothe irritated throat. The apple cider vinegar will help kill viruses and bacteria by alkalizing the body. It also thins out the mucus and loosens the phlegm making it great remedy for dry cough. It is also very important that you get the one with the mother (which is actually a colony of bacteria) which acts as a probiotic, giving your kids a boost in their immune system to shorten the number of sick days.
Regular honey works fine but I used the ginger infused variety. Honey by itself is effective in reducing cough but with ginger, it becomes an even better remedy because of the presence of the bio-active substance in ginger which is gingerol which helps fight respiratory infections. It also gives the honey a mentholated taste which can help relieve itchy throat.
I’m using a locally made one but ginger infused honey is also available on Amazon. You can check the price HERE.
These are the cough remedies that I trust for my kids but most importantly, these should be paired with plenty of rest. It is also very important to remind kids to wash their hands often and cover their nose and mouth when they sneeze or cough to avoid the bug from spreading.
What’s your go-to natural cough remedies for kids? Share them with me in the comments!
Disclaimer: I am not a health practitioner, please seek professional medical advice from your doctor.
A family lifestyle blogger who left her corporate job in Cebu for a slower life in Iligan City, Philippines. Healthline – Best Mom Blogs 2017, ESCooped – Cebu’s Top Family Blogger 2016, Top 10 Blogs Voice Boks Comedy Edition, Bloggys 2015 – Finalist, Family and Relationships Category, featured on BlogHer.com and HumorWriters.org. Jhanis also works as a Freelance Writer/Content Creator and manages a small farm house decor business when she’s not taking naps.