Natural Remedies for Croup & Cough

When that dreaded barking cough of croup started being heard around our community this winter, our little boy eventually caught the bug. Thankfully, we were able to help him out with an assortment of remedies, and the scary cough disappeared after just a couple days.

As with all illnesses, it is my goal to try and assist my family to recovery with stronger immune systems, and fully restored to health as much as possible. (Often- especially in midwinter, it seems- little ones’ immune systems can get “worn down” down from an illness, resulting in susceptibility to further “bugs” thereafter; leaving parents sighing, “We just can’t seem to get well!”)

Many conventional cough/cold medications available for children merely mask the symptoms of illness, and are full of potentially-detrimental ingredients such as artificial colors, flavors, and sugars, among other chemicals. Although they may seem temporarily helpful, they are not necessarily working with the body’s immune system for healing, and may even be wearing it down further (even though the child does overcome that specific illness).

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Throughout the winter, we supplement our diets with regular doses of flavored Cod Liver Oil, hoping the extra vitamin D will help boost immunity. (In the Northwest, we’re highly lacking in this “sunshine vitamin” this time of year!)

As soon as I suspected that an illness might be on the horizon, I also started giving out spoonfuls of my Immune Booster Syrup (from Herbal Nurturing).We’ve also been enjoying lots of homemade bone broth with plenty of garlic.

When the croup cough arrived, I automatically turned to our favorite homeopathic remedies. Homeopath Joette Calabrese explains some of our family’s standard “go-to” options in this interview at Natural Parenting Center, including the croup “triad” of Aconitum, Hepar Sulph, and Spongia. These are usually available in individual vials of homeopathic “pellets” or combined in a children’s cough syrup.

We didn’t notice much benefit from the classic routine of sitting in a bathroom with the steamy shower going, but did see some benefit from keeping a warm mist humidifier on in the bedroom.

(Another reader recommended this cool mist humidifier + hydrogen peroxide method as an alternative!)

Our older daughter, who had a bit of a cough, but no croup symptoms, responded well to my Homemade Cough Syrup (from Herbal Nurturing) full of herbs, as well as a children’s homeopathic medicine for sinus complaints. She also found my homemade Slippery Elm Lozenges (from Herbal Nurturing) to be soothing, as well.

On one occasion, while we were traveling last year, I didn’t have my homemade cough syrup on hand, so I picked up a bottle of Wellness Cough Syrup for Kids. It worked wonderfully for a nighttime cough (not croup)!

We have also given Silver Hydrosol Spray at times, to try keeping infection from worsening (such as when we were concerned that an infection might be starting to “settle” in the lungs), and to boost immunity.

For both children, we saw significant improvement after visiting our chiropractor for an adjustment, the day or two after symptoms began. They felt so much better!

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Are you keeping well this winter?

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12 comments to Natural Remedies for Croup & Cough

  • Amy

    We also had good results from taking our kids on bundled walks in the cold air. I remember on more than one occasion wrapping our babies in blankets and sitting on the front porch swing.

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    Michele Reply:

    @Amy, Yes, the cold air trick did help a bit, too. I’d forgotten to mention that one. Thanks! :)
    Blessings,
    Michele

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  • When my son was a newborn, the steamy bathroom trick worked for him. Another thing that helped was having him sleep in a more upright position. Thanks for the other tips.. I hadn’t heard some of these back then!

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    Michele Reply:

    @Kylie, Yes, absolutely! :) I’d forgotten about that one, since we still have our little boy’s mattress elevated a bit from his reflux issues last year. It does help!

    Blessings,
    Michele

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    Bethany Reply:

    @Michele, I didn’t realize your little boy had reflux issues! That is not a fun situation. :-( Have you had luck treating them naturally?

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    Michele Reply:

    The reflux went away by the time he turned two… we’ve just never remembered to adjust the mattress. :) The best remedy found for him was lots of breastmilk! We didn’t use any other medications. He had a rough time of teething at the same time, too, and we liked the results from Humphrey’s Teething Pellets. He finally slept through the night at his 2nd birthday (and weaned at 21 months).

    Blessings,
    Michele

  • Within the medical community there are several really interesting studies coming out on the use of diffused hydrogen peroxide!! Thank you for reminding me of this. Great information!

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  • Dealing with this right now with my 17 month old. Aconium and Spongia have been helping, couldn’t get the other one locally. Only had a couple bad days and now on the mend!

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    Michele Reply:

    @Beth @ Turn 2 the Simple, I’m glad your little one is on the mend! :)
    Blessings,
    Michele

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  • Stephanie

    We have had success with aconitum, spongia and also lobelia put right on the chest. We also use eucalyptus oil on the soles of their feet. Lobelia and eucalyptus are both expectorants, so it helps get rid of the mucus that usually exacerbates croup symptoms.

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  • […] The natural remedies were stocked in our medicine box, and have worked well. But it still felt a bit like we were waiting it out; that each time we tucked our little ones into bed at night, we just clung to hope that it wouldn’t another long night. […]

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    I know this is entirely off topic but I had to share it with someone!

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