With the kids back in school, and the seasons shifting, we are bound to welcome the cold and flu into our homes again through our little carriers, our children. So I thought I’d share some of my favorite remedies to help ease the pain while the cold/flu runs its course. Disclaimer: I am not an M.D. (although as a Persian Momma I often do take that role and dispense unwanted free medical advice (which has happened to prove great so far!)).
For common colds/flu and associated coughs and even croup (khoroosak خروسك) here are my four favorite products that I always have on hand:
- Saline Nose Drops or Sprays Because small children can’t gargle (gherghereh قرقره ) saline solution like adults, I find that this not only helps with moistening and disinfecting the nasal passages, but it passes through the throat as well and acts as a fairly good substitute for the gargling. This helps with strep throat (aanzheen آنژين) as well.
- Humidifiers Running a humidifer helps keeps the nasal passages moist and alleviate cough. Just make sure to properly clean your humidifier as recommended by the manufacturer to avoid bacterial growth on it.
- Vicks Baby Rub Rubbing a little bit on the chest and back helps with their breathing and cough.
- Vicks Vapo SteamThis is a miracle worker and a little bit goes a long way. A few drops of this in the medicine cup of your humidifier helps with congestion and cough.
With post-nasal drip (aab rizesheh beeny آبريزش بينى), it’s best to keep your child’s head elevated with a small pillow.
Hope this helps and that your little ones stay healthy!