10 Home Remedies to Keep Cold Away From Kids

Use basic humidifier with Eucalyptus, lavender or frankincense oils in kids’ bedroom to keep upper respiratory tract moist and clear. Ensure adequate sleep, put saline water drops in their nostrils and use Anu Thailam ear drops. Add nutmeg, cinnamon, cumin, ginger in foods. Eat warm, moist food and listen to grounding music during bedtime to boost immunity.

As a parent of two school-aged kids, I’m well versed at battling the incessant stream of viral and bacterial invaders these kids bring home. At any given time, you can walk into a classroom and it seems at least a quarter of the kids have a runny nose or cough. To counter this, we use antibacterial goods and the bugs get stronger (and that doesn’t do anything for viruses). Then, we get the family flu shots (which is a very funny concept given the rate of viral mutation) and everyone still gets sick. So how do we proceed?

Strengthen your child’s immune system

Lowered immunity is a state of Vata imbalance. So much of the practices in boosting immunity have to do with Vata reduction.

10 Ayurvedic Tips To Prevent Cold In Kids

Here are my top 10, in no particular order:


I use a basic humidifier at night in the kids’ bedroom to help keep their upper respiratory tract nice and moist, which is how it likes to be. This helps their membranes do their natural protective job and keeps them from having too many dry boogers that they go digging for with dirty little fingers (reduced exposure).  Sometimes I’ll put a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil (see more below), or a piece of camphor in the water. Just clean out the humidifier every few days with a rinse of white vinegar.


The body systems usually regenerate when we are asleep, including the immune system. Even though we have a decent “bedtime” for the kids, it’s not uncommon for the little critters to stay up late, or resist a nap. When I see that they are with the first signs of a cold, I really try to curb my own Vata to be able to prioritize sleep for the kids (and myself).

Natural Saline

Although the aerosol spray type looks cool, they usually have more preservatives and propellants in them, so go for the simple squeeze bottle. The saline helps to break down congestion, and moisten the mucus membranes. Basically, this is the kid version of the Neti pot.

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