Common Cold is a viral transmittable disease of the upper respiratory tract that mainly affects the nose, the throat, sinuses, and sometimes the larynx.
Over 200 virus strains are associated with causing the common cold, with rhinoviruses being the most common. The common cold is an airborne disease, meaning they spread through the air during close contact with affected persons or indirectly through interaction with objects in the environment, followed by transmission to the mouth or nose.
Risk factors associated with the common cold include going to daycare, not sleeping well, and psychological stress. Treating a common cold can be severely difficult, especially if it involves kids. Families have spent a lot of money each year on doctor’s visits and cold medications, but the truth of the matter is there is no scientific cure for a common cold.
Some specialists believe that over-the-counter medications can be harmful when given to children, especially if they are under the age of 2, and some popular commercial medicines like Tylenol contain acetaminophen, which can lead to liver damage or failure if taken in high amounts or quantity.
Common Cold Signs and Symptoms
You can experience a combination of these symptoms
- Sneezing regularly
- Nasal blocking
- A runny nose
- Itchy throat
- A cough
- A headache
- Pains in the muscle
- lack of appetite for food
- Soreness in the throat
- Watery eyes
There are several natural treatments that can be just as effective as treating the common cold, with the proper tools and remedies you could not only lessen the lifespan of a cold but also avert your children from catching a cold in the future as well.
Natural Home Remedies for Common Cold
Hot Ginger Tea
Gingerol found in ginger helps relieve congestion in a couple of ways. First, it reduces inflammation of mucous membranes that line the nasal passages and the sinus cavity, and this swelling contributes adversely to the buildup of pressure and congestion. When the inflammation goes down, mucus can flow out instead of getting all blocked up.
Ginger is believed to have enough spiciness that it can just perfectly loosen up built up phlegm. The tea itself is great for you because you’re getting extra fluids, which your body needs badly when fighting off an illness, and inhaling the steam vapors can also help loosen up any congestion you may be expecting.
In making a ginger tea, you will need 6-8 tablespoons of freshly grated ginger root, A pinch of cinnamon (optional), A squirt of lemon juice (optional), A dash of honey (optional), 4 cups of freshly boiled water, A glass jar (at least a quart)
Put the ginger in a 1-quart glass and sprinkle in some cinnamon if you want to use it. Carry the water to a rolling boil, and then carefully pour it into the jar to cover the ginger. Soak for 30-40 minutes, and make sure to cover your jar in other to stop it from evaporation use a towel as the jar may still be quite hot and then pour yourself a piping fresh mug.
Put honey and lemon if you are using them, sip and savor, and be sure to inhale in the steam. Keep the rest of the tea in the fridge for up to a day, and reheat and use as u wish
Honey has been used for fighting cold for years, it may not come as a revelation to some that raw honey can be effective in reducing the lifespan of a cold. Specialists have found that buckwheat honey can help treat a cough because it coats and relieves an irritated throat, and other researchers have found that it can also help sick children sleep well at night. However, if you have a child who is under the age of one, do not give them any honey as it could cause botulism.
Garlic has antiseptic properties that could help shield the immune system against a common cold, and scientific researchers have shown that the elements contained in garlic can function as a stimulator of white blood cells. The oil in garlic also helps open up the respiratory passages, and if taken in soup form it can help flush out all the toxins in your child’s body system and also fight fever as well.
Boil three to six cloves of sliced garlic in a cup of water, and have your kid drink the liquid in a soup form and drink twice or thrice a day.
Cinnamon is well-known to help ease the pain of a sore or dry throat, and it is praised by “naturalists” because of its good healing properties. You can boil a teaspoon of cinnamon powder in a jar of water, mix with some pepper powder and raw honey for extra effect, or you can add a small amount of cinnamon to your child’s food.
The constituent in peppers that causes them to be spicy is called capsaicin and, in addition to numerous other importance, it helps loosen up mucous so you can expel it easily.
Take a bite of the pepper, or just eat some spicy foods. Eating a spicy broth is also wonderful, as you get the fluids, heat, and steam.
Vitamin C is one of the most effective natural homemade remedies for colds because it heightens the production of white blood cells, and can also help stop the multiplication of viruses while reducing mucus and swelling in the nasal passageways.
Foods that surprisingly contains a lot of vitamin C include oranges, cauliflower, lemons, broccoli, strawberries, cabbage, peaches, kiwi, tomatoes, and parsley. You can also take vitamin C in a pill form.
Chicken soup contains a lot of nutrients and vitamins that are important when treating a common cold. Researchers have shown that it can actually lessen mucus secretions, and the carbohydrates from the broth and noodles can help sustain your child’s energy level as well.