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Old 01-24-2008, 02:32 AM   #1
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Question Homemade Decongestants and/or Cough Suppressants?

Anybody ever make their own home remedies for congestion, runny noses, and coughs??
Everybody in the house is sick right now

With three sick kids (3, 7, 10) and wife sick as well, we ran thru the Nyquil fast and it didn't even make a dent. For the three year old all I can ever find is the fever reducer stuff, doesn't do a thing for the runny nose or cough and I hate feeding them cough drop after cough drop all day.
It's not like I have never had to deal with sick kids, I became a stay at home dad in 01 so the wife could pursue her dream of starting her own gardening business, and I didn't join on with her until last year. I still do most of the housework, cooking, etc. but this is the first time I have had to deal with everyone being sick at the same time!!

Help!!

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Old 01-24-2008, 03:08 AM   #2
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Maverick2272,
Sorry to hear that, when my kids were young, I bought a nebulizator and was great to cope with Michigan Winter colds. Unfortunately, I gave it away many years ago.
If this is a significant problem, let me know, I can check with my friends to see if they still have the machine to ship it to you.
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Old 01-24-2008, 03:16 AM   #3
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Its funny that you should mention that, seems like the cold start hitting in November and up until mid March/April at least one person in the house is sick. Its just cold after cold, and we always thought we were just passing it round and round to each other. Now I am wondering if I need to start thinking about a better filter on the furnace and maybe getting the ducts cleaning. Maybe even a humidifier?
Its an old house, so dust is a constant problem for us. We used to have flooding in the basement, but solved that and ripped everything out so I know its not mold, well pretty sure its not. Maybe I should start checking seals and piping in the kitchen and bathroom as well.
Funny thing is, I am the one with the weakened immune system (diabetes) and I seem to be doing better than everyone else. Thank God for that at least! LOL.
I will have to look up what a nebulizator to see what it is? If you think it helps I will be glad to get one...
I will try most anything right now!
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Old 01-24-2008, 03:24 AM   #4
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Maverick2272,
A nebulizator is just a compressor that vaporizes water plus any soluble medicine you add and sends it via nose and mouth to your body. Do a google search for a more detailed explanation. This was very helpfull when my kids were young.
Relative to your home, you should clean the heating ducts (specially the return ducts) and install a humidifier (the nebulizator is basically a personal humidifier). I have also an electronic filter -was installed before I purchase this home- that I am very happy with but probably replace next year for a non-ozone producing unit.
I will check with my friends and let you know if I can ship you the unit before the end of the week.
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Old 01-24-2008, 03:41 AM   #5
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That is so very generous of you! Don't you want any money for it? I will at least pay for the shipping but also am more than happy to pay whatever they are asking for it.
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Old 01-24-2008, 04:37 AM   #6
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Phase 1 - chicken soup. Science has so far proven it doesn't have anything "specific" that makes it work ... generations of grandma's will spit in the eye of science because there IS something in chicken soup that DOES work! Well, if nothing else - it can't hurt (unless you're allergic to chicken).

Phase 2 - a cup of hot lemonade with a teaspoon of honey. You could also do hot spiced tea with honey or hot Dr. Pepper with a slice of lemon. This might tie back to the chicken soup cure - drinking hot liquids helps break up chest congestion in cases of colds and flu.

A hot water humidifier and a glob of Vicks ... Vicks has menthol, menthol is a natural bronchodilator - makes breathihng easier (back in the old days, doctors prescribed menthol cigarettes for asthmatics - they were called asthma cigarettes). Or, heck, just rub some Vicks on the kids' chests - body heat will vaporize the menthol!

Hot chicken soup, hot lemonaide with honey, a good chest rub of Vicks - not a cure (that takes 3-5 days and mother nature in most cases), but it will certainly help the symptoms!
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Old 01-24-2008, 10:02 AM   #7
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Got the chicken soup, but not the grandma - maybe thats the missing ingredient ;)

I have been giving them hot fluids, but nothing specific - I have spiced tea and honey so i will start that, and may go out for some lemonade as well for the kids, if I can get myself up cause now I am sick, although the oldest did go back to school today.

The wife uses the vicks rub constantly, I dont think it helps but I dont stop her either. I saw the Vicks machines at the store a couple of weeks back that put the stuff into the air, but the wife poo poo'd it for monetary reasons. Well she is in bed and I am not, so when I got out I just might over-ride her veto and get one!

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Old 01-24-2008, 10:10 AM   #8
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I know an old Gypsy recipe that works (and I have tried it), get a dinner plate, and put sliced onions on it, then cover it with honey and leave it stand overnight.

pour off the (now liquid) honey into a bottle and use that as cough/sore throat medicine.
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Old 01-24-2008, 10:13 AM   #9
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When my kids are sick I run the humidifier in their room and plug in a SudaCare Children's Nightime Vapor Plug. These things are great and seem to really do the trick!! We found them in a local drug store. Here is a link a site with information on them.

SudaCareĀ® Children' s Nighttime Vapor-PlugĀ® Mini Waterless Vaporizer
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Old 01-24-2008, 10:24 AM   #10
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Michael's right on with his recommendations. If you use the spiced tea, add a squeeze of lemon, as that helps cut the phlegm.

For adults, I make a hot toddy with a cup of spiced tea, squeeze of lemon, tablespoon of honey, and a shot of good sippin' whiskey or brandy. The liquor helps one sweat out the fever and get some sleep.
I don't think it would hurt to add a teaspoon of whiskey for a child, but these days that's pretty well taboo, I guess.
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