Cold and flu season is upon us and once the new school year begins, germs spread like wildfire. Everyone gets sick. Teachers, kids and parents alike. No one is immune. It doesn’t matter how much hand sanitizer we use or how often we wash our hands. Or how we cough into our arms and yell “chicken wing” when the kids forget and cough into their germ spreading hands. We still get sick.
A couple weeks ago my daughter had one of the worst coughs I can remember. One night around 2 am her coughing was so bad that she couldn’t sleep. In fact, the whole house couldn’t sleep.
As much I hate giving my children medicine, she had already taken a 12 hour cough syrup. But it just wasn’t working. So much for modern medicine.
I did what any mom would do. I dragged my tired self out of bed to see how I could help. Despite my foggy middle of the night haze, I was able to remedy the situation and get her back to sleep.
Here’s what I recommend to prevent nighttime coughing:
1. Use a cool mist vaporizer:
The moisture can help decrease the risks or effects of dry nasal passages, sore throats, coughs, nose bleeds, respiratory ailments and more. It’s important to note that a cool mist humidifier will provide better conditions for easing these problems, as cool mist is easier for the body to inhale than warm mist.
2. Warm herbal tea with honey and lemon:
Nothing is more soothing on the throat than a warm cup of tea. The lemon gives your body a little much needed vitamin C while you’re fighting off your sickness while the honey acts as a natural cough suppressant.
3. A teaspoonful of honey:
Honey is a natural cough suppressant that has been used by parents for generations. It’s cost effective, tastes better than cough medicine and it works.
4. Vicks VapoRub:
A topical analgesic cough suppressant that is commonly rubbed on the throat and chest. But have you tried it on your feet? Feet at more porous than other parts of the body which helps it absorb into the skin. This is a quick and effective way to reduce coughing.
Thankfully, we all got a few more hours of sleep before the morning cell phone alarms began to chime. Hopefully, this will help you and your family can get more sleep during the cold and flu season too.