'Tis the season of the ever-changing-Florida-weather, where the skies just can't seem to make up their minds. These quick temperature changes often catch us off guard and I've seen quite a few kids with runny noses and coughs these days. I will touch on a few tips on how to take care of your little ones (or your adult-self ;) with the sniffles.
1. Keep them WARM: Socks, hats, coats. Stay warm both in the house and out, making sure you leave the house prepared as we don't know what the weather will bring these days.
2. NOURISH THEIR BELLIES with hot meals: Soups, stews, roasts, hot cereals, cooked vegetables and warm drinks. Try to get them started on hot teas. Share your chamomile tea with a little honey while cozied up reading books. Cut out sugar, dairy and refined foods as all of these decrease immunity and increase congestion.
3. Stuffy Nose or cough? HUMIDIFIERS with a little added respiratory-opening essential oils (eucalyptus, peppermint, wintergreen, tea tree or thyme) can really help open up airways while they are sleeping. These machines can get pretty mildewy so make sure you clean them out regularly. You can also add a little bowl of essential oils or vicks vapor rub to the bottom of a hot steamy shower. (Don't add to baths or directly on to skin as it can burn the skin. If you do rub on chest make sure to use a carrier oil and test a small spot before applying.)
4. Make sure they are getting a solid night's SLEEP. Sleep = A better immune system. The end.
5. Make sure they get outside (dressed warmly), for a little SUNSHINE, FRESH AIR and EXERCISE.
"The way we treat our children directly impacts what they believe about themselves." -Ariadne Brill
Let's build strong immune systems and teach our children how to properly care for and nourish themselves. It's never too early to start. Call to make an appointment and to find out more about certain herbs, vitamins and dietary recommendations for your child's specific needs.
In soups and teas and everything nourishing,
- Analisa, N.D.