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A parent’s guide to effective sore throat remedies for children

9th Jan, 2020

All hell breaks loose in a parent’s life when their child contracts cough. However, occasional cough doesn’t always mean that there is a problem. Cough sometimes occurs as a reflex to protect children by removing thick mucus, irritants and infections from their throat and upper respiratory tract. Most common cause for cough is common cold and flu due to viral infections. Antibiotics don't help with coughs caused by viruses.

Fortunately, there are quite a few natural ways you can try at home that don’t involve using harsh chemicals. 


Here are some things you can do to help your child get relief from cough in a safe manner:


Honey

Honey is a time-honoured and effective cough suppressant. Add a spoonful of honey to lukewarm water and give it to your child. If your kids think it tastes too boring, you can also drizzle some honey in a bowl of fresh fruits and sprinkle some black pepper on it. Your child will gobble up that bowl in no time. 


Staying hydrated

An important thing to remember when your child has a cough is to keep giving them liquids to drink. Drinking lukewarm water clears and soothe the itchy throat. It also helps to thin out mucus, which makes it easier to cough up. However, in order to stay hydrated, don’t give your child simply anything! Make sure that your child doesn’t consume any caffeinated, aerated drinks.



Cough Syrup

While picking a cough syrup for your child, be sure to get one which is chemical-free. Cofsils Natural Cough Syrup is a good option, since it is made from natural ingredients like honey, tulsi, haldi, banapsha and mulethi. It also has a soothing effect on your child’s throat and helps relieve chest congestion. 




What to avoid?

To ensure that your child recovers quickly, you must ensure that your child doesn’t have any cold beverages. They cause throat irritation and may end up aggravating the cough. Don’t send your child to school if the cough is very bad; not only will your child not get the much-needed rest, there are also chances of spreading the infection to other kids.  Avoid intake of oily and excessively sweetened food products. You should also avoid giving them curd and buttermilk, as they may aggravate the cough. 


When to see a doctor?

If your child’s cough persists for more than 3 weeks, or if there are some serious symptoms like high fever, severe chest congestion, coughing up blood, it is a sign that you should take them to the doctor.