It’s always a stressful time when your children are under the weather – and, in my experience, illness often raises its head on a Friday night, a bank holiday or any other time you can’t get to see a doctor.
From cuts and scrapes to bruising and bloody knees, roaming toddlers and active children often end up with a few of these!
On top of that, you may have to deal with insect bites, upset tummies, headaches, and general coughs and colds.
Here are some remedies for minor aches and ailments that might just be useful for your children to ease your little ones’ pain.
Scratchy Sore Throats
Even as adults, when we get a sore throat it can feel like someone is scratching away inside our mouth, so imagine how horrible it is for kids.
To ease a sore throat the natural way, try using lemon and honey. Honey is great for soothing soreness and lemon acts quickly to dry up congestion.
Try a tablespoon of honey on its own or mix together a spoonful of each and heat in the microwave for 20 seconds until lukewarm.
Please remember though to not give honey to children under a year old.
For small insect bites, you can try over the counter medicine or opt for a natural remedy. Both coconut oil and baking soda are both known to stop that annoying itchy feeling. And the fewer times kids scratch the bites, the less likely they are to get infected.
If you are using coconut oil, simply rub it onto bites.
If you are using baking soda, mix a teaspoon with water to make a thick paste and then apply it to the bite. Baking soda is alkaline, and therefore it cancels out the acidic swelling that bites cause.
If your child has a minor illness such as diarrhoea, a cold, sore throat or a fever, you may want to invest in the services of an online doctor.
This works well if you are busy at work, the surgery is closed, or you cannot secure an appointment that day with your local doctor.
Online doctors enable you to consult a GP, ask medical questions and even send photos of the issue your child has. This is a good way to get advice and give you peace of mind.
Online Doctor subscriptions also enable you to keep a password protected clinical record of all your child’s current and past medications.
Cayenne pepper for nosebleeds
If your child has a one-off nosebleed, you can try treating the bleed with cayenne pepper spice. It sounds like it might burn, but it doesn’t! Cayenne pepper is a spice that acts to clot blood.
If your child has a nosebleed get them to hold their head upright and then carefully pinch the nostrils together for a few minutes. Then, using a cotton ball, dab the inside of the nose with the spice where the bleed has occurred.
You can also put a teaspoon of cayenne pepper into a glass of water and get them to drink this too. However, if your child has frequent nosebleeds, please do go and get checked by the doctor for any underlying conditions.
Do you have any home remedies you swear by to treat minor ailments when your children are under the weather?