It’s so heartbreaking to see your child struggle with illness. This year’s flu virus seems to be pretty horrible, because it comes with bad cough and fever that leaves every toddler and adult bedridden.
Any mom knows that life with sick kids is not very beautiful, and all you want is to take away their pain and discomfort so they can run around the house doing silly things.
The main and most important thing in helping your toddler fighting with flu is to keep their symptoms in check while until they get over this illness.
So, to keep flu symptoms in control, offer relief from nighttime cough with natural syrups:
- 3/4 cup of organic, raw honey
- 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
- 2-4 tablespoons of organic lemon juice or raw apple cider vinegar (I used lemon juice)
Optionally, you can add:
- freshly grated ginger
- chopped garlic
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
How To Prepare:
1. If you are making the syrup without any optional adds, simply blend all ingredients.
2. To use, simply give it a good stir and serve either at room temperature or gently warmed.
But if you choose the add-ins, follow these steps:
1. Place 2 tablespoons of chopped garlic or 1/2 cup sliced onion or grated ginger in a clean container. Cover with 3/4 cup honey and allow to infuse for at least 8 hours.
2. After 8 hours, add the olive oil and lemon juice to the mixture.
3. Strain the syrup, pour it in a clean jar and store on the counter to use through the duration of an illness. (For longer-term storage, place in the fridge. It should be good for 4-6 weeks).
4. To use, simply give it a good stir and serve either at room temperature or gently warmed.
Before taking your child to sleep, you can rub his chest with Vicks Vaporub. Another effective solution is to apply a generous layer of Vicks on your toddler’s feet and put on a pair of cotton socks.
In order to break out the fever, you can replace Vicks with the following remedy based on white vinegar:
1. In a saucepan or kettle, mix equal parts of white vinegar and water then warm it a bit.
2. Take a pair of cotton socks and soak them in the warm vinegar mixture.
3. Put the vinegar-socks on your child’s feet.
4. Repeat the procedure when the socks are dry.
5. At the same time you can put warm vinegar compresses on your child’s chest.