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Coughs, Colds and Runny Noses

By Janet Marshall

Advanced Diploma Naturopathy. Diploma Nutrition.

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Coughs and Runny Noses are so common in children and are usually caused by respiratory tract infections (such as a cold). If your Child is in Childcare you are no doubt experiencing these ailments on an ongoing basis which is completely normal. Their little immune systems are building an armoury of antibodies to combat infections in future years. According to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, children have an average of 6-12 respiratory infections a year. Coughing can continue for up to 6 weeks after a viral illness has ended (post-viral cough). If your child has a temperature or your are at all concerned that your child needs professional medical advice please see your local Doctor. Please also see LOW IMMUNITY.

Remedies

Aromatherapy

Use aromatherapy for creating a calming environment. A sache of Chamomile leaves, Lemon balm or Lavender can be placed in a stuffed toy or in the child’s pillow light.

Melotonin

Ensure the room is as dark as possible as this encourages the production of melotonin, the brain's sleep hormone. If the child is frightened of the dar, use a night light.

Magnesium

Magnesium 250mg for children aged 2-12 30 minutes before bed has a relaxing effect.

Diet

In the evening include: bananas, turkey, dates, figs, milk, wholegrain crackers or yogurt as these food increase tryptophan which promotes sleep.

Reviewed by Janet Marshall 25 February 2015 references
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This document has been developed and peer reviewed by a KIDS HEALTH Advisory Board Representative and is based on expert opinion and the available published literature at the time of review. Information contained in this document is not intended to replace medical advice and any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.

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