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Back to school cold

My two year old son just started a new daycare/preschool. Even though I knew it was coming, I am still upset by the stuffy runny nose that has started after only one week:( I rubbed coconut oil with lavender and eucalyptus EO on his chest. that seemed to help some, but I am wondering what other natural cold remedies have been helpful to other parents for relieving cold symptoms. Thanks!

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  1. Usually my pediatrician recommends Simply Saline. I keep it on hand and use it when I see signs of a cold or seasonal allergies. You can buy it pretty much anywhere, has no preservatives, and doesn’t burn at all.

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  2. This is a list of what we do… for about a month before school starts we give daily vitamin C and D3. We take away as much sugar from their diet as possible. We start regular weekly adjustments with our Chiro. When a sickness starts up in the kids OR if we are around someone sick, we take EXTRA vitamin D3. When sick, we use garlic oil in the ears. Warm a spoonful of coconut oil and smash garlic in it. Drip a few drops into the ears a few times per day. We eat more garlic and cinnamon and take probiotics. And we also eat local honey during sicknesses or allergies. Good luck – hope that helps a bit. We do everything I’ve mentioned and it really helps keep us all very healthy. If one of us does get sick, it’s usually a quick sickness and doesn’t not last, nor does it get very bad.

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  3. The average toddler gets TEN colds per year. TEN! And that’s just the average. It’s amazing they make it to school at all. I recommend a full 12 hours of sleep each night as well as a nap to really keep the immune system in tip top shape. In addition, frequent hand washing with good old soap and water goes a long way to fight off those germs.

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  4. Any thoughts on the Hyland’s brand cold tablets? They’re marketed as all natural. We use the Hyland’s teething tablets occasionally, so we tried the cold tablets recently. They did dry up the snotty nose when used as directed, but I’m just not sure I’m 100% on board. I’ve also heard that the amber teething necklaces help with all kinds of ailments. We recently doubled up on the teething necklaces, and my son’s stuffy nose pretty much disappeared. Makes me wonder if it was even a cold or just teething symptoms or maybe even allergies for us.

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    1. I remember buying those and then asking my pediatrician about it. He didn’t recommend them due to the ingredient belladonna. Because the FDA doesn’t regulate natural products, the amount of belladonna in each tablet is an estimation and not a set amount. Unfortunately it is very dangerous in certain quantities. Although the chances of your child dying from a tablet are slim, belladonna is poisonous in some amounts so doctors don’t usually recommend them. Here’s a reputable article with more info: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/531.html

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    2. Hi Kristen, There is unfortunately no good scientific evidence that amber teething necklaces work, but there is definite evidence that they pose a choking and strangulation risk. This article has some nice information:

      http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/11/amber-teething-necklaces-pose-choking-hazard/?smid=tw-share&_r=0

      I will say I feel everyone’s pain with colds/snotty noses in toddlers just starting school. The good news is their immunity builds and the years to follow are much easier!

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    3. Thanks for the articles. Stephanie, I’m pretty sure the cold tablets don’t have belladonna in them, but I know the teething tablets do. I did a lot of research before decided to actually use them, and we very rarely do use them and not even in the quantity recommended on the bottle. And now that my son has a full mouth of teeth, I think we’re done needing anything to take the edge off anyway. 🙂

      Also, my son does not wear the amber necklaces around his neck to sleep. He sleeps with them around his ankle in footed PJs, so he can’t get to them. 🙂 I know it might be complete voodoo, but if it seems to work, that’s just as good as actually working, right? 😉 In all seriousness, I have no idea if they work, but he has worn them since before his first teeth erupted, and I don’t want to find out what it’s like without using them! 🙂

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  5. I’ve heard a lot about Vitamin D3 deficiencies. What’s the optimal amount a child should be getting to ward off illness?

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    1. Great question! The American Academy of Pediatrics updated its guidelines for Vitamin D and Calcium ingestion in children in 2011. The new guidelines recommend at least 400IU/d for infants up to a year and at least 600IU/d for toddlers and older children. They also established the upper limits of intake for each age group but further subdivided them. For example, the upper limits for 0-6m infants is 1000IU/d and for infants 6-12m is 1500IU/d.

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