Like all kids returning to school, mine have brought home the germs. It never fails. Healthy pretty much the entire summer. First day back, sick! I swear it’s like the kids all greet each other with a big sloppy kiss and then lick every surface inside their classroom.
Melia (4) has had a sore throat the last week. Started out as a cold. As with everything, it is always worse on Friday night. Saturday morning I took her to the Minute Clinic at CVS (love that these exist!!). Negative strep test so we assume it’s viral. Literally 24 hours later, fever and throat so sore she can’t swallow and refuses to take medicine.
Let me just say last night was a pleasure (*sense my sarcasm*)! It was one of those fun nights they don’t tell you about before you have kids. If they did, you probably wouldn’t believe them anyways…so it doesn’t matter.
My poor baby was beyond miserable! So was I. There was nothing I could do for her. She just kept crying, even after passing out from exhaustion. Having both Tylenol and Ibuprofen in her system wasn’t touching the pain! It was torture to see her that way and feel so helpless.
So I did what any good mother would do (I use the term good lightly here). I took to Facebook!
There were lots of nurse friends and other mom’s that quickly offered their home remedies for sore throats. I just wish I had asked earlier, when Melia would have been more willing to try some of these. Regardless, I felt I would share the list. It will now be in my “bag of tricks” for the next time. I at least won’t feel so helpless.
Home Remedies for Sore Throats:
- Magic Mouthwash – This can apparently be done as a prescription, or you can make it at home. I’ve since done some research. I found a great “mom approved” recipe that seems easy and perfect for the next time I need it. It’s essentially a mixture of Milk of Magnesia and Children’s Benadryl. The link above breaks it down to how to mix it.
- Honey – Apparently it has antibacterial properties. It has been shown to speed up healing time. I know I’ve used this before with my son when he had a really bad cough. Just 1-2 teaspoons straight up. My son loved it. I think it really just coats their throat more than anything. I’m not sure it really helped his cough much. It was more the feeling he was getting a treat. But I guess if they feel like it’s helping them it’s worth it!
- Marshmallows – I had a couple of people tell me to put a marshmallow in her mouth and hold it there. As she swallowed it would provide relief. Again, I think this is just coating their throat to provide a barrier to relieve the pain.
- Rock Candy – One of my best friends says her family swears by it, always has! Who am I to argue with eating rock candy lollipops?! I just happened to have some in my pantry left over from her birthday party this summer. This was the one and only thing my daughter would try. It was also the most she had “eaten” (or swallowed). I’d say it worked like a cough drop to coat her throat a bit. Relief was short lived, but she didn’t have very much of it. Maybe if she continued it would have been better.
- Warm Jello – You would basically mix the jello and water (not boiling as the box directs). Mix it together in a cup. Instead of chilling it, put it into the microwave about 30-seconds. Add a teaspoon of honey. Mix and drink. It will help coat their throat.
- Essential Oils – I really know very little about them. However, I know they are really growing in popularity. Apparently the best oils for a sore throat are tea tree, sage, eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, lemon, garlic, and ginger. It seems there are ways you can do a sore throat rub, inhale them, or gargle. Definitely something I will research more.
As a mom, there is nothing worse than seeing your kid sick. A sore throat is so hard when they are little! I hope this list will help improve your “bag of tricks” as well.
Any good home remedies that were missed?