Natural & Effective Cold Home Remedies for Kids

Home Remedies are alternative cold treatments to help keep your kids little one comfortable when he or she gets sick.

Cold and cough home remedies for babies and kids and that’s when the idea for this post struck me. My dear friend whose 3 years has recently joined play school has been complaining about cold and cough almost every week. It pains her when her doctor prescribes antibiotics for chest congestion, cold and cough whenever she takes her daughter to him. Colds are not usually serious, but they can make your children miserable, and as a parent, all you want to do is help them feel better and maybe help everyone get a decent night’s sleep.

Kids suffer from even a small change in weather. The most common ailments from which the kids suffer is viral cough and cold. Try these home remedies to treat the ill health conditions in order to boost the immunity of your kid.

Cold Home Remedies for Kids


A cool-mist humidifier goes a long way in relieving dry, stuffed up nasal passages by adding moisture to a room. G.K, a Philadelphia mom of two boys, five and seven, says, “I’ve got a humidifier in each of their rooms and turn them on at the first sign of a cold. Helps every time. I just have to remind myself to clean them after each use.” She makes an important point, here. While a humidifier can help relieve congestion, mold and mildew can build up and be sprayed into the air if not cleaned properly each and every time.

Chicken Soup

Grandma was right when she prescribed a cup of chicken soup for a cold-and the good news is, whether it’s homemade or store bought makes no difference. The steam helps loosen congestion and the broth hydrates. Studies have also found that the chicken and other ingredients in the soup actually have an anti-inflammatory effect-a very good thing, since inflammation causes coughs and stuffed-up noses.

Ginger Lemon Tea

This ginger lemon tea recipe from Good Girl Gone Green uses easy-to-find ingredients. Just like with the ginger tulsi tea, talk to your pediatrician if your child is under two. Children under age one should not eat honey, so definitely do not give this to a child under one year.


Keeping your child hydrated is essential to flush out germs, so push such drinks as water, fruit juices, herbal teas and broth. Jell-O is another option as are cooling, soothing ice pops. Milk is okay, too; that it thickens mucus is a disproven old wives’ tale.


To quiet a cough, offer kids ages 1 or older ½ to 1 teaspoon of honey as needed. But don’t give honey to infants. They can develop a condition called infantile botulism. Use 1 to 3 teaspoons of warm, clear, liquid such as water or apple juice instead.


Onion’s pungent cousin contains allicin, a compound which has been known to have anti-bacterial properties. The only problem you might face is getting your kids to eat it. Try mincing the garlic very finely and additing it to a light pasta sauce at dinner time to avoid its detection.