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Cold Remedies for Kids: 4 Natural Products to Alleviate Symptoms

By (view all posts by Susan.Yoo-Lee)
at 9:55AM Monday October 17, 2011
under Shop Smarter

Once your child gets back to school, you'll start to notice that he or she may get sicker more often.  Being in close quarters with other children contribute to that.  By the time, one child's symptoms start to get noticeable, it's too late.

Colds are contagious the first three days after initial exposure.  That's why sometimes the entire family is sick together.  The cold usually starts out with a sore throat, followed by a runny and or stuffy nose, and sometimes a mild cough will be present.

When your child starts to get cold symptoms, make sure it's not the flu because a lot of people get the two confused, including myself (is it a cold or flu?).  The cold should go away within a week, but if not, you'll need to make sure it's not a bacterial infection.  If it's bacterial, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics (honestly speaking, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't for my family).

I remember when I was a new mom, I took my daughter in for a cold and we sat in the doctor's waiting room for 45 minutes and another hour in the actual room they assigned us.  By the time the doctor came around to see us, all he said was to give her Motrin or Tylenol if she felt uncomfortable (this was the same case for the flu as well).  If your child is under 4, it's no longer recommended to give your child over-the-counter cold and cough medicines.

After wasting time, lots of energy and money ($20 co-pay), I decided to use homeopathic and natural products to relieve cold symptoms for my child.  Not only did it save me time, energy and money, it was very effective.  Plus, I like do things naturally when I have the option to do so.
Below are four effective products under $7 I always have ready to go in our medicine cabinet that worked for my children.

Boiron Coldcalm - When I notice an onset of cold symptoms, I immediately give my daughters these tablets.  Even if one isn't sick, I will give it to both of them.  For us, it has worked really well.  After the first day, my sick child will almost be back to normal and my un-sick child will stay that way.  It's good for sneezy and runny roses, sore throat, headaches and other common cold symptoms.  Sold at Vitacost for $5.99.

Hyland's Cold Relief for Kid's with Zinc - An all in one cold relief medicine.  It's natural and safe.  Plus, it comes in a strip form, so it's very easy to use.  I usually give these to my children when the cold has progressed.  Works great for runny nose, sore throat and any other cold symptoms your child may be experiencing.  If you're looking for a quick fix in a strip, this is it.  I buy mine at Whole Foods but many mainstream drugstores like CVS and Rite-Aid sell it, too (check the store locator).  Currently sold at Super Supplements for $4.89.

Ubimed Cleanoz Preservative-Free Saline Solution - This saline solution is always great to have on hand, especially if you don't feel like making some at home.  We have packs and packs of these.  Whenever my daughter feels like her stuffy nose is getting the best of her, she will spray the saline solution in her nose and blow her nose afterwards (for my younger one, we will use the aspirator to suction out the mucus).  I've done it when I was sick and it's such a relief.  You can buy it directly for $6.99.

Boiron Chestal For Children Cough Syrup - With some colds, my children get constant coughs.  So we use this cough syrup to alleviate the symptoms they experience. It relieves coughs and loosens chest congestion.  Since it's honey-based, it's definitely soothing and my children like the taste, too.  You can purchase it for $6.85 on

With anything, there is trial and error.  My friend is a naturopathic doctor and she gives me tons of samples when she receives them, so I've been lucky enough to test them out without having to spend a dime.  Some work better than others and interestingly, works differently with each of my children.  Cold season can be a stressful one, but if you have a game plan, it shouldn't be a difficult one.  Being prepared is being savvy!

What are some things you do to help your child get through his or her cold?