Thursday, November 15, 2012

Home remedies for common ailments

Being a nazi mum, I am one of those who is not very into medication and would always question the use of antibiotics, side effects of medication given and if they are steroid based. I must add that I have a PD who respects my preference and so far, Dumpling has only taken antibiotics twice in her life. 

We do take administer the prescribed medication but I draw a line at piling her with 5 - 6 different cough and cold meds. Even with fever, we have so far stuck to just Paracetamol without using any Neurofen and just sponging her down and keeping her hydrated and cool. 

We do use some simple home remedies and here's some to share:


  1. Crush a few slices of ginger and seep it in hot water. Add honey and lemon. (. Ginger is known for its antioxidant properties while honey is known for its soothing healing properties. Some replace ginger with turmeric but I find it hard to get the little ones to take anything with turmeric in it.)
  2. Make Chuan Bei Snow Pear Soup to help dispel and thin phlegm (I do this on alternate days)
  • 1 tablespoon of sweet almond and bitter almond each
    (南杏, 北杏) 
  • 1 tablespoon of Fritillaria Bulbs “Chuan Bei Mu” (川贝母)
  • 1 - 2 honey dates
  •  1 snow pear cut to 1" cubes
  • Wash well
  • Place all into double boiler and add in 2 - 3 bowls of soup and bowl over 4 hours minimum 

Sore throat

  1. Tomato juice (The brand "Just Juice" works for us because it is salty. The salt in it usually helps me fight against the start of a sore throat.)
  2.  Starfruit juice with salt (for the same reason as above)  
  3. Manuka honey with a dash of lemon juice


  1. Chicken Broth with loads of onions, garlic and served hot to aid the nasal congestion
  2. A few drops of Eucalyptus oil on pillow case OR add it to a basin of hot water and breathe in steam.
  1. BRAT diet: 
  • Bananas
  • Rice (we cook porridge)
  • Apples (we steam ours and mash them)
  • Toast 
The above helps to bind the stools but if it is a stomach virus, it will take a few days to ride out. It is important to also continue to hydrate your child along with any oral hydration to replenish the loss of electrolytes (we have tried isotonic drinks before). Additionally, do note that with the intake of bananas, you may see visible black fibre in stools which are usually less than a cm long. These are normal. However, do approach your PD if you are concerned - I did ask about it initially as they looked like worms! LOL

What are your simple home remedies? Do share!'s Talkative Thursdays 

Disclaimer: These are some simple home remedies which have worked for us and are by no means meant to replace medication or a need for medical advice. Please do discuss with your PD / GP for further advice. 


  1. Hi, great to know another mum who is careful with medication :) My kids' PD is even more daring, he didn even give us fever med, haha, he is all for no medication if the parents choose to. Thankful for him!

    If it's bacteria infection, for young kids or those who has medical problem, eg, allergy, it's best to take antibiotics to prevent complication. But when they have developed stronger immunity, yes, can challenge the doc whenever he prescribes an antibiotics :)

    I have gained lots of confidence for not giving them med. They don't take med at all, no fever med, no cough med, etc, when they have the common flu and cold stuff. They are med-free kids for 2 years, hehe.

    1. Wow, med free for 2 years is impressive! We do administer paracetamol mainly 'cos she doesn't feel well and you can see that she is lethargic. But for antibiotics, I do not like it when there is clearly no need to but the doc gives as a "just in case / standby". So I learnt to question and ask from early on.

  2. Good for you!
    We followed the doctor's advice because we were too scared not to. Sometimes I think my daughter had more pills than food!
    I wish we had taken a stand as you did.
    My daughter is 11 years old now and doing great, but when I think of all those pill and syrups she took, I regret it.

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