Every year my 7 year old and I get a nasty cough in the fall that hangs on. I've been getting it since I was a little girl and it's only gotten worse--2 years ago I got mild pneumonia. This year I'm bound and determined to avoid it for me and my little girl. Last year I succumbed to antibiotics and Delsym at night for both of us. This is my plan below...anybody have some more ideas or advice?
- Green pastures butter/cod liver oil pills. I take two and she takes one a day.
- Vitamin C powder by NOW foods. (I don't give this all year for us.) About a 1/4 teaspoon a day for her and I take about double that.
- Child's chewable probiotic daily. I take an adult one all year
- Last year I did not allow her to drink milk--which she loves. We're drinking raw goat milk now. I'm hoping the good outweighs the bad for this one.
- Warm mist humidifier every night. We keep our house about 67 degrees here in Colorado.
- Bundling up outside. For myself I'm trying to breath some cold air outside everyday. I'm hoping this strengthens my lungs to it. (I like hormesis!)
When we get a cold:
- I am a fan of Vick's on the bottom of the feet with socks and a little on the chest. I have no idea if it actually works.
- Steam breathing with boiled water in sink and towel tent every night. We both do this already when coughing.
- Homemade cough syrup First time to try this. Going to use local, raw honey.
- Lots of water drinking to keep hydrated and loose cough.
I don't know what else...I would love to know what others people recommend or do. Please critique my plan and thank you.
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on October 12, 2012
at 12:07 AM
Getting my D3 blood level up to 80 ng/ml has completely eliminated my asthma symptoms and I haven't had a cold in 3 years.
I recommend Carlson's Solar D Gems. You can't get enough D3 from CLO, unless you are willing to deal with a seriously non-physiologic level of Vitamin A. I tkae 6,000 IUs and test my blood level every 6 months.
When I am stressed & feel a cold coming on, I zap it with 40,000 IUs of D3 for 3 days (less, of course for a child!) Works like a charm.
More info at www.vitamindcouncil.org
on January 13, 2013
at 05:21 AM
Just an update from my question above.
D3 for myself and kids I believe has kept us cough free. We have not had a cough so far all season. Fish oil and probiotics I think helped too.
on October 11, 2012
at 05:50 PM
I don't think I get hit as hard as you on this one, but my lungs do seem to be one of my weak spots, and every few years get a case of bronchitis that will not move on.
Sounds like the two of you might also have "cold air asthma". I don't normally get asthma, but in winter if I ride my bike without a mouth cover like a scarf I start coughing and wheezing like crazy, and have to pull over after even minor hills.
To at least deal with the symptoms when I have them acupuncture has helped a lot. Herbalists versed in Traditional Chinese Medicine can prescribe herbal tea infusions (I'm going to be honest, most taste horrible), the one I tried near the end of one of my bouts did clear out my lungs and stop the cough pretty quickly, I have no idea what was in it. There was another infusion put together by ND that at least seemed to help my lungs work better, I know it had marsh mallow, and I think it had slippery elm, but I can't remember the other two herbs, you might want to search the interwebs or meat with a naturpath and see what they recommend (that herb mix tasted lovely, and did lessen the cough, but not in the dramatic way the Chinese herbs did).
It could just be brought on by the cold dry air for the two of you, but have you had your house tested for mold, and/or tried using a HEPA air filter in case it is being caused by irritants inside, since people also tend to spend more time inside in the winter?
on January 10, 2013
at 12:31 PM
Copy and pasting from another thread i answered about colds, but alot will apply here
there are tons and tons of tricks to helping you ward off a cold, or prevent them, the best way for future reference is to have an arsenal ready at the first signs of symptomps and deal with them accordingly. Some of these i recommend are :
-Raw Sidr Honey -Raw Manuka honey -Vitamin C -Vitamin A -fresh ground turmeric in warm milk
-Black seed oil (internally and rubbed on chest and back and feet) -Wild Oregano Oil - higher carvacrol the better. -Echinicea Tincture - 1:1 ratio of Root and leaf. -Elderberry Tincture or Syrup (be aware of brand you are choosing)
-Yin Chiao (chinese remedy to stop a cold) and Zong Gan Ling (when the cold takes place). You can supplement either with gan mao ling as well.
-Homeopathically - a bit more tricky as its very symptom specific but Ferrum Phosporicum 6x taken every 1-2 hours will help with inflammation and fever, alternate it hourly with Nat Sulph 6x which is the principal remedy in tissue salts for influenza. Also you can consider taking a dose of Anas Barbariae 200c , once. The big brands sell it as "cocculine" but i prefer using ones locally made by a trusted homepathic company since 1868! A good remedy to have on hand is Aconite 30C, which you should take at the first sign of flu, with sudden onset and no clear symptomps.
If your chest bothers you , you can pour boiling water in a bowl add a few drops of tea tree oil (higher the terpinen-4-ol the better) and peppermint and eucalyptus (optional) essential oils and inhale briefly to give cooling relief. You can use this in your humidifier as well if it allows.
Neti pots are also fabulous and you can use a light solution of manuka or sidr honey to flush your sinus as a POTENT natural anti biotic..
dont forget the ultimate cure, BED REST!
These tricks should help you stay armed for your next flu attack! link|edit|delete|flag
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on January 10, 2013
at 12:04 PM
In addition to the usual vitamins, magnesium, iodine, etc. if you or your kids are exposed to colds/flu, you might want to try elderberry syrup (or extract pills), they're usually sold as "Sambucus" - there are several brands, some have objectionable ingredients such as fructose, so check the label. The syrup form is great for sore throats.
Elderberry is a potent antiviral, so as long as the infection isn't bacterial, it can help. If it is bacterial, look at oregano oil/olive leaf extract, coconut oil; sometimes bronchitis tends to be bacterial.
on January 10, 2013
at 06:57 AM
I would also suggest the vitamin D3. I would aslo look into some magnesium. A quick search on lung issues like asthma/COPD show that magnesium helps relax the lungs and allow them not so swell up. Magnesium will reduce the inflammation and it is a vitamin that we just dont get much of from our food anymore since we have depleted it from the soil.
Could there be another type of food that you eat- besides the milk - that might trigger your immune system to go amuck? Maybe in some fruit, where you are getting to much fructose - since that is a huge kick to the immune system?