I like to think of an acute illness as the body’s way of telling us something is out of balance. Perhaps a vitamin or mineral level is low? Or the stress level is unbearable? Maybe we’re not getting enough sleep or are spending too much time around unhealthy people? How’s the diet been lately? I think the first course of action is too look for any part in the child’s life which may have contributed to the cold. Once any issues are identified and remedied, if possible, the next step is to reframe the cold as being something to have gratitude for instead of something to be feared or to fight against.
After all, it serves as the alarm bells going off to let us know something may be out of balance. Only then we can focus on helping the child feel better. When a child has a cold, there are a number of ways to help them feel better and perhaps shorten the length of symptoms. These include vitamins C and D, probiotics, homeopathic remedies, tumeric/curcumin, L-Lysine, monolaurin, elderberry, ginger, garlic, echinacea, or oregano oil and are available as teas, oils, capsules, dissolvable tablets, or as powders. I never recommend that a child take all of these, although I have personally used all of them on myself at some point. Every treatment plan I create for a child is individualized for the child and family based on age, ability to severity and length of symptoms, financial considerations, and other parameters. The dosing or “serving size” for each treatment or supplement is also individual for each child and thus is purposely not listed here. Of course rest and providing plenty of healthy fluids also goes a long way.