As if a runny nose, fever, or even a migraine wasn’t bad enough during this cold/flu/allergy/pandemic season, in most cases, sufferers experience a restless, dry cough – one that can keep you up at night! So, what can you do? Here are 5 simple home remedies to get rid of a cough that doesn’t want to go away.
Push the fluids.
When your body is fighting cold-related symptoms such as a fever, it loses more water than usual.
Step your fluid game up to both coat your throat and prevent dehydration.
Tip: Opt for oral rehydration solutions consisting of a mixture of water and salt that helps replenish necessary fluids and electrolytes.
Try a spoonful of honey.
Studies show that honey is better than cough medicine for relieving a restless cough.
Even better? It’s gentle enough for kids. “In a comparison of honey, DM, and no treatment, parents rated honey most favorably for symptomatic relief of their child’s nocturnal cough and sleep difficulty due to upper respiratory tract infection.
Honey may be a preferable treatment for the cough and sleep difficulty associated with childhood upper respiratory tract infection,” according to the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.
Tip: For children ages 1 to 5 give half a teaspoon. Meanwhile, ages 6 to 11 can consume one teaspoon. But never give honey to babies younger than 1; they can get botulism, a rare poisoning caused by toxins from bacteria typically found in honey.
Moisten the air.
Try a cool-mist humidifier, which can add moisture to the air, easing coughing and congestion due to