It's that time again. Sick season is rearing its ugly head, trying to take us all down. This year has been tough for many of us as we fought the various cold and flu strains that seemed to last forever. And let's face it, getting sick is terrible. But having sick kids is the worst, and we often find ourselves desperate for ways to help them heal and feel better. Our bodies are germ-fighting powerhouses, but it can take some time to win the battle.
Whenever possible, we opt for natural remedies over prescription medicines with ingredients that can cause short term and long term negative health effects. Did you know it can take 2 years to repopulate good bacteria in the gut after just one round of antibiotics? And then there's oseltamivir (Tamiflu is a brand name) with its laundry list of potential side effects including nausea, vomiting, headache and insomnia. REALLY?? Sounds like a dream…Oseltamivir can also have some serious psychological side effects including confusion, abnormal behavior, hallucinations, mania and self-harm. We can't imagine why do so many doctors regard it as the only flu treatment when there are better, safer options available to literally everyone.
Top 8 Homeopathic Cold and Flu Remedies for Children
Natural and homeopathic medicines were created around the belief that, with a supplemental boost, the body has the ability to treat and heal itself. The following represents our favorite homeopathic cold and flu remedies that actually work.
1. Boiron Oscillococcinum has gained a lot of popularity as an effective homeopathic way to assist your body in relieving flu-like symptoms. It doesn't react with other medications and is safe for ages 2 and up.
2. Chestal Homeopathic Medicine for Cough and Chest Congestion by Boiron is made with real honey and safe for ages 2 and up. The honey coats the throat to calm coughing, and the blend of safe homeopathic medicines helps loosen chest congestion.
3. Hyland's Homeopathic Cold and Flu Tablets are ingestible homeopathic tablets for kids 3 and up that aid in the relief of cold and flu symptoms. Interestingly, these tablets are also useful for relieving pain and aiding the healing of skin after a burn.
4. Sabadil Homeopathic Children's Medicine for Allergies is a non-drowsy homeopathic allergy remedy for kids 2 and older.
5. Maty's All-Natural Baby Chest Rub is safe for babies 3 months and older! The main ingredients are eucalyptus radiata (safe for kids), lavender and chamomile. It's also petroleum and menthol-free.
6. Sinusalia Homeopathic Medicine for Sinus Relief works to relieve nasal congestion, sinus pain and headache due to the common cold or allergies. For kids 6 and up.
7. Zarbee's Natural Baby Cough Syrup + Mucus is a chemical-free cough remedy, safe for little ones ages 2 months and up! Formulated with ingredients including organic agave and ivy leaf, it has no alcohol, artificial sweeteners or dyes.
8. Hyland's Earache Drops provide homeopathic relief of symptoms including fever, pain, throbbing, irritability and sleeplessness for earaches caused by sickness, allergies or swimmers ear. For kids 2 and up.
While these are great options to consider when choosing treatments for your family, it's important to always do your homework. Look into both homeopathic cold remedies and any meds prescribed to you, weigh your options and decide what's best. And as always, get plenty of rest, drink lots of water and give your body good healthy food as fuel! After all, this is the most effective way to fight illness.