Charlie has had a cough over the past week, but last night it turned into a fever, congestion, sore throat and a cough so bad that he threw up three times. I wrote about some of my favorite products to treat coughs and colds here, but I thought that I would share my step by step process for treating coughs. Since cough medicine isn’t approved for younger children, there are many different things I try to give the kids relief.
1) If a fever is present, I administer ibuprofen. I prefer ibuprofen over acetaminophen because it tends to be more powerful and it is also easier on the liver.
2) Feed soft foods like bone broth, chicken porridge, steamed egg and ice cream that are easy on the throat and stomach. If they’re not eating much, you can try smoothies. Keep them hydrated with lots of liquids.
3) Simmer a pot of water with a couple drops of eucalyptus oil all day to ease congestion.
4) Give honey water if your little one is over the age of 1 to treat coughs and sore throats. I warm up water and stir in a little bit of honey — the kids love it. I’ve also made honey lollipops by melting honey on the stove then pouring it over lollipop sticks. If you can get them to take it, apple cider vinegar is the absolute best treatment for coughs and sore throats, but it really tastes horrible.
5) Eliminate dairy. It can increase mucous production, and since I caught the same cold from him, I know that it’s a very phlegmy cold.
6) Eat pureed pear. This is a traditional Korean and Chinese remedy that is used to treat colds and coughs. Simmer Asian pears with water, a bit of honey, and freshly grated ginger (Korean recipe) or almonds (Chinese recipe). It’s supposed to be great for soothing a cough, and my mom swears by it!