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Hi everyone.

My 15 month old had a heavy cold which has gone. But he still has a runny nose constantly and a slight cough. When he coughs he sounds very congested. I am a bit confused about which herbs to use to help dry up the mucuous- are they the ones called expectorants or will that make it worse since they "loosen mucuous"?

What has worked for you? Are there any brand name formulas you have tried? I am also open to homeopathics.

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Homeopathics you might try -do you have a book? or a kit?

HERBS FOR KIDS brand herbs are good tasting tinctures made for specific purposes-Respiratory ones & allergy ones,etc
www.herbsforkids.com

Vit C tablets or sodium ascorbate specifically ,disolved in some liquid.

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Well, when mucous is present, you really want to keep it running..... The mucous is a symptom so instead of treating that, go to the problem...his immune system. I second the sodium ascorbate. This form of C is safe to use over a long period of time, its in powder form so easy to use, and it will kill the virus in his system, and keep his immune system boosted.
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Thanks for the replies. Can you suggest where I may buy sodium ascorbate?
also does vitamin C in food help equally or would he need to eat large amounts?

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I would go with slippery elm (in porridge, water or Thayer's cough drops), licorice root or marshmallow root tea for soothing the throat/respiratory tract. I also use peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils in a cold air humidifier for the duration of the sickness.

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Raspberry leaf and Elencampane (both infused in tea) work well for drying up mucous lining

Ginger will also help in getting rid of excess mucus.

Other good herbs for babes (or adults) with runny nose/cough/cold include:

red clover
colt's foot
mullein
sage

A ginger tea with any of the other above herbs loaded with fresh lemon should help immensely. Echinacea can also be added but my thought is that it's best used during the first few days of a cold.

A little olive oil or herb salve with a drop of eucalyptus, pine or peppermint oil and rubbed under nose can both sooth the irritated area (from nose-blowing) and help clear the airways a bit.

He should not be having any dairy or sugar right now. Both those foods cause congestion.

Hope your son is well soon.

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I get mine at a health food store --It is salty tasting -
NOW brand -
about $9 a big bottle.

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Again, Jazzmommie has it. I order my NOW sodium ascorbate thru my health food store. They don't have it on the shelves. It is amazing! When dd has something coming on, I give it to her and she is FINE the next day. Highly recommended!
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