Ever been too worried about your child's health, nutrition and habits? Do you ponder too much on what your baby's eating and whether if it's absolutely right for him/her? Well, every parent does and what matters more is the amount of love with which you look after them. Probably it's your first motherhood experience, and of course, you want the best kind of care and the right amount of everything.
Read to find out what is absolutely necessary for your divine angel to be in good health and prosperity.
Listed below are some of the most common health issues every parent is worried about and some Natural Remedies for Kids' Colds and other health ailments:
1) Common Cold and Runny Nose: It is estimated that approximately every child suffers from a runny nose and cough at least 4-5 times a year. More than 200 kinds of viruses lead to causing of the common cold and simply cannot be avoided especially by the infants. The most common type of virus is Rhinovirus which causes this among the kids. Antibiotics may often lead to other side effects and thus shouldn't be prescribed merely. Allowing the cold to persist for more than 2-3 days may result in a whitish to greenish colored mucus and cause a nose block. Difficulty in breathing, sore throat, watery or red eyes, body aches, post-nasal drip, cough, and sneezing are some of the symptoms your child might encounter with. Cough suppressants may turn out to be harmful as it could lead to dizziness or maybe restless during bedtime.
Natural Remedies: The rich golden colored honey in your kitchen is the perfect treasure you need at this stage. Recent studies indicate that honey is a better relief to a sore throat than anything else. Boiling a handful of Tulsi leaves with one teaspoon of honey may do wonders to your child's throat. It’s antibiotic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-carcinogenic properties aids in relieving the pain from the throat and reduces a cough. Repeat this twice a day for 2-3 days, and you'll see the difference. Another favorite delicacy for your child could be a hot chicken soup which has anti-inflammatory properties. The warm temperature and soothing effect help in loosening the mucus and could be an immediate solution from the common cold. Saline gurgles with lukewarm water may also act as a quick remedy for throat aches and cough. If a runny nose persists for more than three days, try elevating your child's head with an extra pillow underneath the head. This helps drain the mucus from the head.
2) Body aches: Does your child complain about having severe pain in the calf muscles or joints especially in the evening and night but resolves after a sound sleep by the morning. Usually, this discomfort is nothing but growing pain and not unusual to experience. These pain might occur in the thighs, calves, behind the knee or hands. Nearly 35% of the school-going children have reported undergoing chronic musculoskeletal pain. This kind of aches usually persists in the preschool years and disappears by the teenage when the body is fully grown. Sometimes the pain might be severe enough to wake up the child from sleep. Growth aches may merely result from children running, jumping, climbing or playing during the day. Growing pains may also be related to other factors, such as fatigue, restless leg syndrome, low pain tolerance, or even vitamin D deficiency.
Natural Remedies: There is no discrete treatment for growing pains but having a warm water bath especially before bed-time can induce comfort from the body aches and promote sleep. A gentle massage with almond oil on the affected area may also lead to reducing the soreness in the muscles. Since growth pains are natural, thus gently stretching before your child goes to play and jump may prevent injuries.
3) Ear Pain: Ear pain is typical in children and may be due to ear infection (otitis media), swimmer's ear (infection of the skin in the ear canal). Ear infections may follow the flu or just a common cold. Virus or bacteria are mostly the causes of it. The infection causes inflammation of the Eustachian tube. The tube contracts and fluid grow behind the eardrum, causing severe aches. Children have shorter and narrower Eustachian tubes than adults, so it’s easier for them to get blocked.
Natural Remedies: Placing a warm, moist compress over your child’s ear for about 10 to 15 minutes may help reduce the pain. A few drops of lukewarm olive or sesame oil on the ear in room temperature could cool down the irritation. Drinking warm soup regularly or any other fluids for the body to remain hydrated often helps in re-opening of the Eustachian tube and thereby lower the pain.
4) Diarrhea: Diarrheas is a recurring issue for most children within age 7-8. It might last for 3-4 days but not more than ten days in a row. An infant has diarrhea if they have frequent bowel movements than usual and if stools are less compact and more fluid. Sometimes children with diarrhea have other symptoms, such as fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, stomach pains, cramps, and blood and/or mucus in the bowel movement. Diarrhea can be risky if not looked after properly because it drains water and salts from your child’s body. If these fluids are not replaced quickly, your child can become dehydrated and may need to be hospitalized.
Natural Remedies: Proper handwash and safe food consumption are the best ways to prevent the spread of germs that cause diarrhea. Children with diarrhea must keep drinking an adequate amount of fluids to avoid dehydration. If the child refuses to consume solid food, stews, milk, and occasional saline water or electrolytes could be extremely beneficial. Avoid fruit juices as it may worsen the case. Starchy foods should be continuously provided as it helps in digestion and bowel movement. Examples of such foods are dried cereals, grains, bread, crackers, rice, pasta, and mashed potatoes. Avoiding bean and other pulses, for the time being, may lead to quick solutions.
5) Vomiting: Another common discomfort your child may be facing is indigestion and vomiting. Mostly, vomiting subdues without any such medical treatment especially if a virus causes it. You should never provide medicines without consulting your pediatrician as it could worsen the scenario.
Home Remedies: When your child is vomiting, make her lie on her stomach or side. Doing this will reduce the chances of her inducing vomit into her upper airway and lungs. Try avoiding the consumption of any solid food and encourage your infant to hydrate her/himself by taking electrolyte solution. Plain water consumption with 1/2 teaspoon of sugar is also good for a sore throat and stomach. Make your child stay at home and consume a liquid diet for the next 12 hours.
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