Whenever a cold strikes one of them, I try to let it run its course, however, sometimes it ends up being an ear infection or sinus infection, in which case the pediatrician usually prescribes antibiotics.
I try to avoid giving my kids antibiotics, or any kind of prescription or OTC medicines, whenever possible, and instead try to ease their illnesses with natural or homeopathic remedies.
I recently read an article in a magazine about some products to try, some of which I already had used, others which I used for the first time.
For instance, using honey or a humidifier to help soothe coughs is something I did often, but the article mentioned products such as Boiron Children's Chestal and Sambucol (elderberry syrup) for coughs and colds--products I never thought to try before.
I actually tried the Children's Chestal and Nature's Way Sambucus on Musician recently, and it really seemed to help.
As I write this, I'm trying the products on Smiley (since of course, the germs easily pass from one of the kids to the other).
I know germs can be "good for you" and whenever kids get colds it just builds their immune system, but if I can find safe products to help shorten the duration of the colds, or lessen the severity, I'd be happy to try them.
Do you have any natural/homeopathic remedies you tend to turn to whenever you or someone in your family gets sick?