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Natural Cough and Cold Home Remedies

If you are trying to live a healthy lifestyle, you are probably making good choices about what you eat. One of the goals of eating well is good health, however, everyone gets a cough or cold once in awhile. These home remedies will help you avoid the doctor and over the counter medicines and help to get you on the road to recovery as quickly as possible.

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Drink Lots of Fluids

Drinking lots of water or hot tea will help to keep you hydrated and sooth an irritated throat. Try to avoid milk and drinks containing caffeine, such as coffee and cola. Instead, try an herbal tea made with ginger. Ginger is known to be a natural decongestant and gentle pain reliever. Peppermint tea is also a good choice. Peppermint can help control a cough.

homemade cough syrup

Use a Humidifier

A humidifier will add moisture to the air and help make it easier to breathe. Place one in the room where you sit the most during the day and then move it to your bedroom when you go to bed. The steam from a hot shower will also help to open clogged nasal passages.

Use a Nasal Rinse

If you suspect you may be getting a sinus infection, then a nasal rinse will help keep your sinus passages open. You can buy over the counter nasal rinse kits, but you can also make your own natural solution at home very inexpensively.

Mix 1/4 teaspoon non-iodized salt, 1/4 tsp. baking soda, and 8 ounces of warm distilled water together. With a bulb syringe filled with the solution, lean over the sink with your head tilted down and your mouth open. Squirt the nasal rinse solution into one nostril and let the solution drain out the other nostril. Keeping your mouth open will prevent the solution from going down your throat.

Even doctors recommend this home remedy for preventing sinus infections. Using this solution twice a day at the beginning of a cold will greatly reduce the chance of further infection.

Natural Cough Remedies

Gargling with warm salt water will help control stubborn coughs. Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon salt in a cup of warm water and gargle with it several times a day until your cough symptoms subside.

A sore throat and cough can also be soothed with a hot tea made from fresh lemon juice and honey.

You can make homemade cough syrup by combining 1 cup raw honey, 1 tsp. fresh grated ginger, and the juice of one lemon together in a saucepan. Simmer on low heat for 15 minutes. A teaspoon of this homemade cough syrup is a great home remedy for kids since now it is recommended that over the counter cough syrup not be given to children under 4 years of age. Just keep in mind that children under the age of 1 should not be given honey.

Eating Right

When you have a cold there are foods that you can eat that will help you recover more quickly. Make sure you are getting lots of Vitamin C by eating food high in Vitamin C, such as oranges.

Try to avoid high fat and processed foods as much as possible. Eating unhealthy foods can actually slow the recovery process. Foods with high fiber content such as oatmeal, whole grains, and fresh vegetables are all good choices.

Plenty of Rest

There’s no denying that just resting and getting lots of sleep is the best home remedy of all. It is hard in this day and age to get the extra sleep we need when we are not well, but not only does getting enough sleep help our body to heal itself faster, it also helps keep us from getting sick in the first place.

Jen Atkins is a copywriter with Mountainside Medical Equipment in Marcy, NY. Well-versed in marketing, Jen enjoys researching and writing about current health-related topics and sharing information about medical supplies with Mountainside Medical’s online community.

Potty Training: 5 Tips That Stick!

Raising a child can be a challenge, but one challenge, in particular, that many parents find to be a headache is potty training. Yes, while your child is going to eventually learn how to use the potty, many parents either often find themselves rushing their child, starting too early or doing the wrong things.

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While it’s a great thought to think about no more diapers or wipes, here are five things that you should keep in mind when trying to teach your child about the potty:

potty training1. Bring out the Bribes

By now, you probably already know that your child loves anything that tastes good. With that being said, be sure to bribe your child when it comes to the potty. Whether it’s giving them a piece of candy, or their favorite snack, be sure to offer this as an incentive when they finish using the potty. If you have a hard time getting them to use the potty, also consider using this as a bribe to get them to sit.

2. Make a Game of It

Many experts will tell you that potty training a boy can often be harder than training a girl. For those that need to train their boys, consider making a game out of it. One game, in particular, that is fantastic is by simply throwing some Cheerios in the potty. Have your child use these pieces of cereal as target practice and watch them get a kick out of it.

3. Praise Them

A child isn’t going to learn how to use the potty overnight. In fact, it can take months. While there are going to be times when your child has an accident, it doesn’t mean that you can get frustrated with them. Instead of focusing on the stressful situations, try to remember to praise them every time they do something good.

TIP: A great way to praise your child is by giving them a sticker. By giving them a sticker, you can have them either place it on a board or let them wear it on their shirt for the day.

4. Watch the Schedule

If your child is older than two years old, you’ve probably realized by now that your child goes to the bathroom on a regular basis. Take that schedule and try to place your child on the potty when you think they are going to go. If you can’t figure out their schedule, try placing them on the potty every 60 to 90 minutes. The key here is to get them to go so that you can praise them.

5. Be Patient

Whether it’s waiting for cues that your child has to go, or you have to bribe them each time, you have to realize that your child is going to take a certain amount of time before he/she gets used to it. What you have to understand is that some children are going to catch on very fast, while others can take months until they grasp the concept. Hopefully by using the tips above, your child can master the potty in no time! Best of luck!

The Five Minute Bedwetting Guide

Bedwetting isn’t a highlight of childhood. Or parenthood. But it’s something that most families have to deal with. Here are some tips to overcoming bedwetting and making the process easier for the whole family.

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When is bedwetting a problem?

Up to the age of 5, bedwetting is considered completely normal. There are some things you can do to increase your child’s odds of staying dry, such as avoiding any sugary or caffeinated drinks after dinner and having them urinate twice during the hour before bed. And there are some things you can do to make nighttime cleanups quicker, such as using waterproof bedding and pull-ups. But you probably don’t need to start a bedwetting treatment just yet.

However, if your 6-year-old is still frequently wetting the bed (not just having an occasional accident) the chances of them reaching dryness without intervention are much slimmer. In fact, the spontaneous remission rate for bedwetting is only 15% a year, meaning that if your child wets the bed currently they’ll probably still be wetting a year from now.

What causes bedwetting?

A variety of factors can lead to bedwetting. Most of the time it’s simply that the child’s brain has not yet learned to respond to the sensation of a full bladder. Sometimes bedwetting is caused by stress triggers. Sometimes it has a medical cause.

Stress triggers for children are often the result of family changes such as the birth of a sibling, the death of a family member, or parental fighting/divorce. Starting a new school or moving can also be a major stressor for children.

Probably the most common medical cause of bedwetting is constipation. Sometimes children can be constipated without them or their parents realizing it. If you think this is the problem, make sure your child eats lots of fibrous fruits and veggies. Other medical causes include sleep disorders (the child is a “deep sleeper”), urinary tract infections and juvenile diabetes.

How do you treat bedwetting?

Bedwetting alarms have the highest success rate and lowest relapse rate of any bedwetting treatment. Typically, a moisture sensor is clipped to your child’s underwear so the alarm can go off as soon as wetting occurs. Over time, this will condition your child’s brain to respond the feeling of a full bladder. This speeds up the process your body naturally uses to overcome bedwetting.

The three main types of bedwetting alarms are wearable alarms, wireless alarms, and bell and pad alarms. With bed and pad alarms, children lay on a moisture sensitive bad that goes off after they wet. Because this type of alarm can’t be clipped to the underwear, its response is delayed. These alarms are no longer recommended, though parents who used them as a child may prefer them.

Wearable alarms are the best for deep sleepers as they sound and vibrate, which will wake just about anyone. Some light up too, for good measure.

Wireless alarms are best for children who don’t want to wear an alarm. Parents have the option of an alarm with dual receivers, so they can put one in their child’s room and one in their room. This allows parents to wake up with their child to take care of any nighttime cleanups.

Austin Sheeley is a passionate blogger who spends his time researching and writing about health care, specifically enuresis. He is an online producer for the bedwetting alarms supplier

Dining out with Toddlers

It is no secret that toddlers are not fun to take out to eat. In fact, many parents avoid taking their one- and two-year-old’s out to dinner, and for good reason. There’s nothing like having a toddler melt down in the middle of a restaurant.

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While there is no way to guarantee you will have a stress free meal, there are a number of ways that you can make dining out with your toddler a more enjoyable experience, both for you and your toddler.

When you have young children, only take your family to a family-friendly restaurant. There are definitely restaurants that welcome families more than others. It is much better to hear the children chattering away at the next table then having the young couple on a date at the table next to you staring at you as you try to get your children to behave.

When you are looking for a family friendly restaurant, look for a restaurant where the tables are not really close together, and make sure they have high chairs and booster seats to accommodate your children. Some restaurants are more prepared than others to seat young children.

Make sure the restaurant offers a children’s menu. Not only is the food on the children’s menu inexpensive, it is also more likely to be food that your toddler will eat. If your toddler is very picky about what he or she eats, either feed him before you go out and let him snack at the restaurant, or bring a snack for him to eat at the restaurant while you eat. Bringing a snack is also a good idea if your child is hungry and you will have to wait very long for your meal to be served.

Bring activities for your toddler to do at the restaurant. Many family-friendly restaurants have children’s menus that your child can color on. You can always bring a coloring book and crayons from home too.

Toddlers have a hard time sitting in one place for very long. It is a lot to ask to have them sit through ordering, waiting for the meal to be served, and then eating. After you have ordered your meal, take your toddler for a walk, either around the inside or outside of the building. Many family restaurants offer antiques or other interesting displays that are made just for this purpose.

Don’t go out to dinner during the busiest times of the day. When restaurants are busy, you will have to wait longer for your food, and the server may be less patient with you than if there are less customers to serve. Be easy on the restaurant staff, and they will be much more likely to do what they can to accommodate the needs of your family. Your toddler also won’t have to sit and wait as long. If your waiter goes out of his or her way to meet your needs, make sure to leave them a generous tip.

Try to plan your outing around your child’s best time of the day. It probably isn’t a very good idea to go during your toddler’s nap time or to keep your toddler up at night too late so that you can go out to eat. Lack of sleep is a sure recipe for a toddler melt down.

Honestly, it isn’t much fun to take a toddler out to eat. That doesn’t mean that a parent should suffer, however, and stay at home until their child grows out of their terrible two’s. With a little planning ahead of time and a plan of action at the restaurant, it is possible to take a toddler out to dinner and even enjoy the meal.

Fall Toddler Craft: Thumbprint Leaves


This fall craft is similar to a thumbprint leaf craft my older boys did a couple of years ago at library story time.
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The craft they did at the library used a photocopy drawing of a tree and ink pads, but this craft uses construction paper and craft paints instead. This craft is great for toddlers and preschoolers, but suitable for older children also. When I showed my older boys what their 2-year-old brother had made, they told me they made the same thing in art class in first grade.


  • Construction paper (blue, brown, green)
  • Craft paint (yellow, red, orange)
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Paper plate

If your child likes to paint, he will love this craft. Pour a little of each paint into a paper plate.

thumb print leaf craft

Using the scissors, cut the shape of a tree with branches from the brown construction paper. You can draw one first if you like, but it does not have to be perfect. If your child is older, they can do this part themselves. You will have to help your toddler. A preschooler might be able to cut out a shape you have traced for them.

I cut out a green strip of construction paper for “grass”. You can add as many details to the picture as you wish. We used a blue piece of construction paper for the background and then used a glue stick to glue on the grass and tree.

Next comes the fun part. Let your child dip their fingers in the paint and make “leaves” around their tree you have just made. This craft just takes a few minutes to make, but with toddlers you can only keep their attention for a few minutes anyway! And they are so proud of what they have made.

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