We are in the season of the common cold, sniffles and aches and pains. Children can be fit and running around one day and coughing, sneezing and lethargic by the next day. A good diet all year round is vital for all children, but a helping hand of foods rich in vitamins and minerals during a cold can help immensely.
Keep them hydrated:
Lots of liquids are essential to keep the body hydrated. This will help to remove waste products from their system.
Try honey and lemon:
Honey and lemon is excellent for a sore throat and if you add a little fresh orange juice and warm water it is a tasty drink for most children. See this link for honey and lemon recipes for your child.
Chicken soup is hot and tasty. It helps to clear mucus and also hydrates the body. Here is a tasty chicken soup recipe for children. If like me, you are not very good at making soups. Try this recipe which is simple and easy to make chicken stew that children will love. You can add extra ginger and garlic whilst the stew is simmering.
Fruits and vegetables:
They are a good source of vitamins and minerals that fight off colds: melons, berries, citrus fruits, kiwi, tomatoes, broccoli, peppers, cauliflower are all excellent foods , full of vitamins and minerals.
Here is a link to some great information on helping your child get over coughs and colds.
Give ginger-root tea.
Here’s a powerful one to try:
Grate a one-inch piece of peeled gingerroot.
Put it in a pot with two cups of cold water, bring to the boil, lower heat,
and simmer five minutes.
Add one half teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more or less to taste)
and let simmer one minute more … Read the full article here
Hope they stay cough free, but there is no real cure for a common cold. All we can do as parents is let the cold resolve – which is normally between 7 to 10 days. Do you have any recipes that you use to ease the symptoms of a common cold? Do share.
Have a great day.