It is often a common complaint from parents that their children have frequent episodes of cold and cough, even twice within month and multiple times in a year. This not only disturbs school routine of children but also affects their general health. Frequent use of antibiotics or ibuprofen is definitely not a solution for this.
Since there are more than 100 viruses that triggers the common cold, it’s no wonder, that young kids falls pray to continual round of sniffles, sneezes,cough and fever as they have immature immune system.
Children start to get colds after about 6 month of age when the immunity they received from their mother fades and they have to build up their own immune system.
One or two episodes of cold per year is not a bad thing, as it clears out the system.
Not every cold needs to be treated, since the body’s natural reaction to the cold virus is a healthy response. Consider treating a cold, If the symptoms are lingering for long and significantly disturbing the child. Persistent cold often leads to further complications like ear infection, throat infection etc;
Homeopathy offers very safe, natural and effective solution for frequent cold in children. It’s a holistic way of treatment which not only gives relief from cold but also reduces its frequency and intensity by improving immunity.
Following are frequently used homeopathic remedies for cold in children:
Aconite: this remedy is suitable for cold that comes suddenly, often with fever, restlessness, and thirst. Particularly, In case where, child catches cold due to exposure to cold wind.
Allium cepa: the common remedy for cold is effective when the child has profuse, flint, burning nasal discharge. The nasal discharge will irritate the child’s nostrils, causing pain from simply wiping his nose.he also tends to have raw, tingling sensation in nose, causing violent sneezing.
Nux vomica: this remedy is more suitable in children with runny nose specially during morning, after waking, symptoms get worst in cold, open air. They will also be irritable and cranky.
Pulsatilla: one would want to consider this remedy for the cold that is worst in the evening. The discharge from the nose will typically be yellow or yellow-green, often obstructing the nose. Symptoms get better in open air.
Other remedies includes, Rhus tox, Drosera, Heper sulph, etc; above list of remedies are use during acute episodes of cold. However, self medication is not advised.
Homeopathy is a holistic way of treatment. In cases like frequent and persistent cold and cough, homeopath selects the medicine on the basis of thorough detail symptoms, cause, physical and psychological characteristics of child, etc; such well selected remedy gives complete relief from cold and also reduces the frequency and intensity of reoccurring cold complaints by improving immunity, promotes healthy growth of child.