The moment that most parents' dread, your child's first sneeze. Perhaps this was preceded by some out of character crankiness and an elevated temperature. You may want to deny it, but your child is coming down with a cold. But don't panic! In today's day in age, with the overabundance of prescribed antibiotics, you may not know that there are homeopathic remedies that can aid in managing your child's symptoms.
At the first signs of a cold, you can administer Oscillococcinum. This homeopathic remedy is suitable for anyone ages 2 and over. In the form of quick-dissolving pellets, the slightly sweet taste makes taking this fun and easy, no matter the age - this is coming from personal experience. This is especially directed for the onset of flu like symptoms. It should not be used if the cold or flu has already progressed. Looking for something similar for a more common cold? Children's Cold Relief Coldcalm is more geared for relief in Sneezing, Runny Nose, Nasal Congestion, Minor Sore Throat. This is also in the form of pellets that your child, 3 and over, can take easily as these too dissolve quickly.
You may be familiar with the brand Hyland's if you used their products during your child's teething days, I'm sure those days are ingrained in your nightmares - ahem, memories I mean. This sugar and dye free syrup is perfect for your children ages 2-12 who suffer from the common cold symptoms including nasal congestion, coughing and sore throat. Other similar products carried at GoodPill Pharmacy include Zarbee's Naturals Children's Cough Syrup and Children's Cold & Cough Chestal. Be sure to consult the pharmacist to see which is best for your child's age and symptoms. Zarbee's Children's Cough Syrup is safe for children 12 months and older, giving a wider range of use.
All of these natural products have little to no interactions with antibiotics, should your child develop an infection. Remember that the common cold is a viral infection and antibiotics have no affect on them. Should your child develop an infection, sinus or ear infection, these homeopathic medicines can help manage their symptoms while their antibiotics attack the infection at the source. GoodPill pharmacy will help provide the care and instructions in taking these Over The Counter medicines and prescribed medications. Be sure to read our previous post on Tylenol suppositories if your child spikes a temperature during this time.