It seems that so many people have been wrestling with coughs this Fall. Enterovirus, which is evidently a typical virus in the fall and winter, seems to have a more intense respiratory impact this year, with some young children needing to go to the hospital.
I tend to jump on any runny nose, sniffle, body ache, or low low grade fever (99.5), and I mean pounce! I wrote a blog a couple years back on how I behave during cold and flu season, you can check it out here. The first time my daughter complained of a sore throat or cough, I was perplexed. My only memory as a child was mom giving me Sucrets, and plopping me in front of the TV. Ummm, no, that wasn’t in my game plan. I did a little reading about coughs and colds and the various OTC remedies only to find that there were a few folks that I really respect questioning their effectiveness for children under the age of 6.
In true form of my “get down on it” attitude I must have Googled and surfed the web one night looking for a cough remedy for my daughter. I have zero tolerance for watching my daughter be sick. It makes me nervous and I just don’t like seeing her uncomfortable. I’m very hyper aware of first signs and symptoms. What I created is some sort of hybrid of what was in my cupboard, and whatever anecdotes I found on the web or in my naturopath reference books. I have seen this soothe a mild cough for my daughter to allow her to sleep, and calm any tenderness due to post nasal drip. For the pregnant woman who is looking for more natural, old fashioned remedies this might be of interest.
Tea with Lemon and Manuka Honey
Typically I use chamomile or ginger tea. 1/4 to 1/2 lemon squeezed. Generous 1-3 teaspoons of manuka honey (I wait until the tea is steeped before adding the honey). If I use ginger tea, I am generous with the honey. I call it my magic tea. Why manuka honey? Well it is touted has having antibiotic properties. Not sure if that is true, and I’m no researcher, I just feel that if I’m using it medicinally, why not grab the one that is marketed as such….my guess is regular honey will do the trick just as well.
Is it the only thing in my bag, not at all. But I truly love this tea. There is just something about a warm cup of tea when you are starting to feel sick….it is comforting and holding it makes your feel loved. Perhaps that is part of the cure.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 12 MONTHS ARE ADVISED TO NOT HAVE HONEY, READ A THOROUGH EXPLANATION BY DR. ALAN GREENE HERE.
Alisa B. Donner, MSW, LCSWCo-Founder of Pregnancy Awareness Month, and Mom to an Amazing Wonder
DISCLAIMER: If you or your child has a history of asthma and has a cold or flu that seems to be focusing on their chest/lungs, please contact your medical provider to learn more. Or if any cold/flu that you or a family member has that persists and doesn’t get better, in fact gets worse, well, its time to call your doctor. I’m not a doctor, just a mom that is sharing some kitchen table wisdom that I use in the early early stages of colds with myself and my family. This is not a medical blog or website, and we are not providing medical advice. Please use your common sense and talk to your health provider about any health concerns for yourself or your family.
Alisa B. Donner, colds, coughs, Dr. Alan Greene, enterovirus, manuka honey, natural remedies, Pregnancy