This post was last updated on June 25th, 2017 at 08:33 pm
Ahhhh spring. I love it, I really do. But with this season comes allergies for my poor son. What’s crazy is neither my husband or I get allergies. I feel so bad for him because the biggest symptom he gets is a cough. Yeah, he sometimes has a runny nose, but man the cough is the WORST. Not only does it probably make his throat hurt, but it interrupts his sleep. Ours too! I am in no way against medicine and we do give him Claritin as needed. However, sometimes I just want to soothe his cough naturally without giving him all the medicinal ingredients.
I have done so much internet scouring and have found that there are so many websites that say so many different things. It is hard to determine what works best so, luckily for you, I have tested many of them and have come up with a list of 5 ways to soothe a cough naturally. Now, the title of this blog post might say for kids, but guess what? They can work for adults too. You’re welcome. 🙂
- Vick’s Filter Free Cool Mist Humidifier – This humidifier is by far the best we have tried. The cool mist helps to soothe the throat and the vapor rub packs that it comes with can help with sinuses too, so it is two-fold. The best part about it, is that it is filter free. The filters in other humidifier’s can get so gross, trust me on that! If you do get this humidifier (why wouldn’t you?!?!?) don’t forget to order extra vapor pads.
- Honey – This is one of those things your great great great grandma would have told you to do. Normally one of those things I think is total b.s. However, I have found that honey really works. A tablespoon right before bed does wonders.
- Shower – Let the water run pretty hot for a while before you let your kid get in. The steam from the shower will help to soothe the cough if you let them stay in for about 10 minutes or more. You might get a little hot, but to get some extra sleep will be totally worth it.
- Thyme Tea – I will be honest, I could not get my son to drink this because, as you may have read last week he tends to be a picky eater. However, I have used this and will continue to do so. It tastes great and soothes my throat instantly.
- Zarbee’s Cough Medicine – Don’t let the name fool you. This medicine is chemical free and made with dark honey. My son takes this now and drinks it with no problem. It really helps a lot at nighttime.
So, there you have it. I recommend even a combination of more than one of these. We usually do the Zarbee’s and the humidifier now, but all of the above ideas have worked for us. What have you done to help soothe your kids’ cough?