As we navigate through the winter season in Kerala, it’s crucial to stay vigilant, especially with the persistent threat of viral infections, including COVID. Let’s explore some updated home remedies to keep you and your family healthy.
1. Honey – Nature’s Sweet Solution: Despite sounding quirky, honey remains a reliable ally in managing cold and cough symptoms. Numerous studies affirm its efficacy for both children and adults. Taking 2.5ml of honey before bedtime can reduce cough frequency, ensuring a restful night. Remember, always opt for pasteurized honey and refrain from giving it to infants under one year.
2. Steam Inhalation – A Breath of Relief: Research continues to support the benefits of inhaling humidified air in relieving nasal congestion and sore throat. While the exact mechanism remains uncertain, steam inhalation likely aids in the drainage of nasal secretions. Caution should be exercised with children under two, but those above can safely use steam under parental supervision.
3. Salt Water Gargle – Ancient Wisdom, Modern Benefits: Revisit the age-old practice of salt water gargling for its scientifically-proven merits. Employing osmosis, this technique helps flush out pathogens and soothe inflamed mucous membranes. In Japan, this practice is so ingrained that it contributes to their resistance against respiratory infections. Embrace it as a powerful preventive measure against airborne infections.
4. Hydration – A Fluid Defense: Don’t underestimate the power of staying hydrated, especially during fever episodes. Drinking plenty of fluids aids in maintaining hydration, crucial when the body temperature rises. It also helps in softening secretions during upper respiratory tract infections. Encourage children to consume more fluids, even with a simple cold.
5. Over-the-Counter Medicines – Cautionary Measures: While common fever medications like Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, and Mefenamic acid provide relief, they don’t cure or alleviate all cold symptoms. Beware of over-the-counter antihistamines, particularly for children under six, as they may lead to sedation. Always consult a doctor before using cough syrups, nasal decongestants, or other medications, especially for children, considering dosage based on medicine type and body weight.
Stay well, stay informed, and share these tips with your loved ones. For personalized advice, consider consulting a doctor through the Dofody app anytime, anywhere. Here’s to a healthy and resilient new year!