An intense cold virus has been floating around my community. Kids (and some adults) are having intermittent bouts of coughing, sneezing, nausea and sore throat. Each round is relatively short lived, but each round returns again and again. Both neuro-typical and atypical kids are really struggling with self-regulation of mood and behaviour.
My own son had been shoring up quite well, but two nights ago, his breathing was so strange it reached into my subconscious, woke me, and triggered me to bring him into my room. The next day he was well again, but last night was a whopper.
He had fallen asleep happy and reasonably well, but shortly his breathing shifted to the previous night’s sandpapery sound. He woke coughing, then screaming. He was panicked and, in some moments, even in terror. I did my usual “big cough” trick, which is to incline his upper body by either raising the head of the bed or angling pillows. (Steaming the room is also a huge help, but I had nothing to steam the room with. I was too outrageously tired to create a bed and sauna in the bathroom.)
Despite this, shortly after falling asleep, the symptoms again flared. My heart just tore when his terror set in again and again. I wondered, too, how my neighbours were going to cope with all the noise. As for me, I felt utterly incapable of being up half a night for the third night in a row. I decided to buy cough syrup.
There was one problem: I could not buy cough syrup. I have no car and, I suddenly realized, no key for our complex’s nighttime gate. Oh. While holding my panicking child and meditating on who I might dare phone at 130am to ask for cough syrup, it occurred to me to Google ‘homemade cough syrup’.
I found magic!
Minutes after my son took this remedy, he was asleep. He slept for several hours, coughed once, then continued sleeping. I’m blown away. The simple version?
1. Take a 2″ piece of ginger. Peel and finely grate.
2. Squeeze out its juice. You’ll get about 1/2 tsp.
3. To the ginger juice, add 1 tsp honey.
4. Mix thoroughly.
5. Offer 1 tsp each morning and evening.
My son complained that the remedy hurt his mouth, but when I explained that it would help his cough, he very willingly took the second spoon.
Here is the gentle video from which I learned this technique:
As we head into winter, bookmark this tip! And let’s all remember to take our echinacea and/or elderberry juice.
For another remedy for general sickness and/or coughing, click here.