To cure children's cold the most effective (and natural) remedy is the saline solution, ideal for dissolving the mucus
Saline washings are the most effective remedy for colds in children.
In fact, in the first months of life the young are able to breathe only through the nose, while up to two years they are not able to blow it on their own. For this reason, especially when they have a cold, even a mild one, children experience the accumulation of mucus in their nose with discomfort. The feeling of discomfort and discomfort then increases when I am in lying position, that is during sleep or feeding, causing serious problems.
To ensure the well-being of the little ones, it is therefore essential to free the blocked nose with natural remedies. The washes allow the elimination of mucus, scabs and phlegm, cleaning the nasal cavity in the best way, avoiding the proliferation of viruses and bacteria. Saline is one of the most used remedies. You can buy it at the pharmacy, in practical single-dose bottles or prepare it at home, by dissolving salt in a pot of water boiled over a fire.
The operation is quite simple, although children often don't like it very much and find it hard to stay still. In any case it is necessary to spread the baby and tilt its head to one side, then insert the tip of the vial or syringe into the nostril and spray the liquid gently but firmly. The operation must be repeated for each side and, if the child is very small, a nasal aspirator may be useful to totally remove secretions and mucus.
The saline solution remains, according to experts, the best remedy to treat the little ones struggling with colds. According to research by the Australian University of Brisbane and the Belgian Ghent University, nasal sprays, antihistamines and anti-inflammatories, should never be given to children under the age of 12.
"We found no evidence to support the use of other common treatments or home remedies – the experts explained – from humidified air to echinacea to herbal probiotics to vitamin supplements. Parents concerned about their children's well-being could alleviate symptoms with irrigation and saline, a treatment that has no side effects and can be repeated several times. "