natural cold remedies that are safe for toddlers and pregnant women
Influenza is a viral disease that is more common in winter.
Because it is a viral infection, antibiotics are not effective.
The main symptoms include tiredness and weakness, a runny nose, body aches, headache, high fever and a chesty cough, some of these symptoms can be confused with a cold but can be distinguished because the intensity is usually much higher in the flu virus.
Some people may experience a sore throat and swollen glands but this symptom will be less severe than the other ones. If you have the flu, these symptoms tend to come quite suddenly and are very intense, especially the body aches.
Although most people feel better in a week time, the general feeling of weakness and cough can last up to 3 weeks. For lingering coughs, have a look at this homeopathic remedies.
Both colds and flu have have different stages where the person will experience different symptoms. It depends where you are in the process that you can start to look into these homeopathic remedies to get relief.
Homeopathic remedies are completely safe for toddlers, pregnant women or elderly people.
Look at the different stages below to find the best remedy for you.
During the first stage, you definitely know you are coming down with something, either you start to feel very tired, with a headache or you simply starting to sneeze. Your temperature may shot up at this point!
Aconite: symptoms may start after the exposure to cold wind, dry cold weather or exposure to drafts while in a perspiration. Sudden onset of high fever and feeling very restless and anxious.
The patient is worse at night. Although face may be red and flashed, on rising up from the bed the face becomes pale. Face alternating red and pale. The patient may be very thirsty for cold water.
Ferrum-phos: the feeling of tiredness and can hardly move about and pains in the joints which are worst by any movement.
Sore bruised pain in the body. Wrists ache and loss the power to grasp. May have the fever but not as hot as Belladonna or Aconite. The face may be flushed.
Belladonna: symptoms are sudden and very violent, developing a very high fever[39.9C] where the patient is very hot to touch and looks very red on his face and may be delirious with the fever.
Although the patient is burning hot, he may have cold hands and feet. The patient may have red glassy eyes and dilated pupils. Pains are throbbing and burning and the patient is not usually thirsty. He feels worse in the afternoon.
Sometimes, these remedies manage to abort the whole process and other times, they help with the initial symptoms.
However, if more than 24-48 hours have passed since the first symptoms it is unlikely that the above remedies will help. If symptoms remain after the first 48 hours, the following remedies will be more helpful.
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Cristina Villacorta is a homeopath dedicated to helping everyone to find better health with homeopathy from her clinic and online worldwide via Zoom. She is also conducting a study in chronic recurrent illnesses in children. She writes blogs aimed for people who want to self prescribe homeopathy to improve their health. To keep up with her posts, follow Cristina on Facebook, Pinterest and subscribe to her blog.