Winters ring with joy and celebrations every year. Children learn a lot during this time of year because they are so interested in the weather.
Though joy is the key to making winters more enjoyable, catching colds makes it a little tedious and irritable for parents. So far, nothing beats cozy, fun-filled evenings so far if immunity is kept in check.
So, no matter if it is about improving immunity or treating common flu or health issues among kids, winter home remedies or recipes can do wonders.
Let’s see how some of these work on the given problems or weak areas:
Sore throats are the most common winter complaint, and they are caused by bacteria and dry weather. It can be unpleasant due to irritation and itchiness. The worst ones can sometimes cause pain while swallowing food. For decades, gargles have been the best solution for this problem.
Turmeric and Salt Water Gargle—a great winter home remedy!
During the winter season, sore throat is a very common problem, especially for children. The best way to treat a sore throat is to gargle with turmeric and salt.
- Take 250-300 ml
- 1 tbsp of Turmeric
- ½ tbsp of Salt
Boil the ingredients in water for five minutes. Once lukewarm, gargle with it three to four times.
TIP: If your child is too small to gargle, you can simply boil half a tablespoon of cinnamon powder or a small cinnamon stick in water for 5 minutes, strain, and keep it aside to be lukewarm. Add some honey and let your kid drink it or be spoonfed it.
Cold and Cough
Cold and cough is another painful set of flu issues that children commonly catch despite taking numerous precautions, most likely due to their less-developed immune systems. Even though it’s not a good idea to take medicine too often, most seasonal illnesses can be treated at home with simple, effective remedies that don’t have any side effects.
Honey Ginger Cough Syrup – Known As a Magic Potion!
Ginger is not just a great herb; it tastes amazing. This syrup is easy to prepare and holds good shelf life if compared to other natural cold remedies, and can be used daily to fight issues like cold and cough.
- 1 large piece of Ginger
- 4-5 tbsp – Honey
Squeeze the grated ginger to extract the juice and store it in an airtight container. Then add honey to make it less spicy (the real ginger pepper taste) and it’s ready to take three-four times a day.
It tastes like sweet-spicy candy your kid will love it.
All the minor cold weather problems lead to the common flu which may include fever, fatigue, body aches, and headaches. Because of the reduced immune response, you are more likely to become ill during the season.
Pumpkin Soup- Natural Immunity Booster!
During the flu season, children suffer from nasal congestion, high fever, and fatigue. Giving medicine is one possible way to control the situation (if unmanageable). However, natural home remedies are always a relief if given at the time the problem starts. Sometimes, these remedies work well with medicines and soothe throat irritation.
Trying winter home remedies would be the best way to start with. As a result, pumpkins are recommended to boost immunity and aid in rapid recovery.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion sliced
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 cups pumpkin, sliced
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp crushed pepper
- 2 cup water
Saute 1 finely sliced onion, 2 cloves, garlic in olive oil. Add pumpkin, ½ tsp salt, and ½ tsp pepper until it changes color (slightly). Further, add 2 cups of water and cook. Blend to make a smooth paste.
Serve hot pumpkin soup sprinkled with black pepper.
When we have a headache, it is extremely appealing to reach for painkillers. However, those painkillers can worsen the health condition of children, trapping you in a vicious circle in which you can feel helpless. These headaches are often caused by chilly air and cold weather where herbal tea can do the spell working.
Coriander Seed Tea – Master of natural cold remedies!
A cup of hot coriander tea may help you to relieve a headache. This remedy is especially effective in the case of cold and flu-related headaches because both help soothe triggered blood vessels in the head.
- 2 tsp of whole coriander seeds
- 1½ cup water
- 4 tsp Honey
Boil crushed coriander seeds in water for 15 minutes, until the water is reduced by half. Add honey and drink it warm.
Golden point – this method relieves almost any type of headache. 🙂
Stomach flu is mainly a viral intestinal infection and is caused by norovirus. One of the ways to diagnose stomach flu is that a kid may have watery diarrhea, vomiting, mild fever, and pain in the abdomen continuously for a few days. It can last from 2 days to even a week. Hence, it is important to take special care of the kids during winter.
Banana – “safe food”!
A banana can help like magic to cure the stomach flu. Consuming bananas can prevent dehydration. The fibre content of this yellow fruit also contributes to hardening the stool’s volume by absorbing extra liquid in the intestines and to better bowel movements.
Slice the banana in small bites and add a little honey to it and it’s ready to make your child healthy again.
Booster Red lentils – When your baby has diarrhoea, he will refuse to eat anything. But he needs to keep his energy levels up, and red lentils can do that.
Best for your infants
Just go by the sensitivity of the situation, when it is about breastfeeding your infant. If you feel like things are under your control; breast milk is a tried-and-true home cure for your child’s illness. Because breast milk has a large number of antibodies, it helps in speeding up your baby’s recovery.
Is It Time to Consult a Doctor
The winter home remedies given above are aimed to treat symptoms rather than the infection.
However, if your child still not feeling better after 2 to 3 days, begins to feel worse, or develops serious symptoms such as persistent high fever, shortness of breath, or extreme weakness and lightheadedness, seek medical attention immediately while using the natural cold remedies as an immune booster.
Finding the right solution to your baby or toddler or kid totally based on mother instinct but surely natural cold remedies brings more help within home. Also, letting them eat healthy food and rest can surely help in keeping these diseases far away.