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Treating Colds for Littlies


  • I love Kiwiherb! Finding something that worked so well, and was safe for my daughter when she was at an age where she couldn't have all other medicines, it was such a great help! And now I use nothing else
    – Alyssa Francis-King
  • I'm not often inspired enough to go seek out a brand's Facebook page just to give them my positive feedback - in fact this is the first time ever. I just wanted to express how much I love the children's cough syrup, it's always worked wonders on my kids - it's now taken to the next level with the inclusion of the syringe which is long enough to reach the bottom of the bottle - hurray! It's always been the bane of my mum-life trying to reach the medicine when the bottles have run low with syringes that aren't long enough - thank you!
    – Melissa White
  • Absolutely love baby balm. My 6 week old had flakey, dry skin and nothing I had tried was helping until I tried baby balm. Her skin is so much better. I can't believe how fast it worked. Thank you Kiwiherb!!!
    – Alex Lazzaro
  • Brought a bottle of children's chest syrup and it works like magic no more coughing during the night. Also my son loves the taste
    – Philippa Quigley
  • My wife and I have been using this product for years and they are amazing and work fantastic!!! We have the all the children's stuff including the echinature, chest syrup, throats syrup and the De-stuff!!! Absolutely amazing products We love them
    – Craig Hume
  • I brought a bottle of De-stuff for my 11 month old daughter yesterday who has had a runny nose for the last 5 days, I've been wiping her nose constantly but after 2 doses of De-stuff I've only had to wipe her nose twice today. I wish I'd known about this sooner. I will be using this straight away in the future
    – Melissa Bayne
  • On Sunday we bought De-Stuff for our 3 year old daughter who has struggled with a cold all week. After 2 doses of it, along with the Chesty formula, she slept so well that night and woke up looking and sounding so much better. Now almost 3 days later her cold is all but gone. I wish I had have found out about it sooner.
    – Bridgette Robinson
  • Received a bottle of children's chest syrup to trial and what can I say it's magic in a bottle!! After a single dose they didn’t cough the whole night which meant a better sleep for everyone after two days they were so much better and they liked the taste which is great, can't wait to try more of your products
    – Daniella Bhagat

Treating Colds for Littlies

Treating Colds for Littlies

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Asti Renaut

Asti Renaut (BHSc. Comp Med, BA, Adv Dip Nat, Adv Dip Herb Med, MNZAMH)

Asti Renaut is a degree-qualified medical herbalist and naturopath with over ten years clinical experience. Asti practices in Christchurch, New Zealand, treating a wide range of health issues. She especially enjoys working with infants and children, and finally has one of her own to practice on! One of the cornerstones of Asti's practice and philosophy is the importance of education and sharing information. She believes that empowering clients to understand their own bodies and health, and giving practical tips and tools to use from the garden and kitchen are just as important for wellness as qualified professional care. 

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We all have specific memories of having colds as a child, and the remedies Mum or Dad or Grandma used to help us get better; some are good, some not so pleasant. Lemon & honey drinks, minty chest-rubs, eucalyptus oils dropped onto a hanky or dabbed under our noses, days at home in bed with movies to watch, these are the nice memories. At the other end of the spectrum, my mum imposed some interesting garlic concoctions on us, including garlic cloves between the toes. While this was probably effective, it doesn’t give me quite the same warm cosy feeling!

One of the most significant and unpleasant memories  most people have  is the feeling of being all stuffed up and not being able to breathe through the nose, and therefore getting a horrifically dry mouth at night and not being able to sleep. Nasal congestion is one of the most significant symptoms of a cold, and can cause problems not just with sleep, but also for little babies especially it can make breastfeeding very difficult. The consequences of this are huge- if little ones can’t eat and sleep properly, everyone (parents included!) will be a little more miserable, and it will also potentially take them a little longer to recover too. 

Fortunately, we have herbal medicine to the rescue! The key herbs for treating a small person with a cold are ones that will target both the cause and the symptoms.

Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea  or E. angustifolia) is a wonderful herb of choice for stimulating the immune system and attacking viruses and bacteria. This gets to the cause of the problem and enables a speedier recovery.

Ribwort (Plantago lanceolata)reduces catarrh (mucous) and heals and soothes irritated inflamed tissues in the sinuses and nasal passages.

Elderflower (Sambuccus nigra)is a wonderful decongestant and anti-inflammatory herb. When combined with Peppermint (Mentha piperita) it gives fast-acting relief of congestion.

If there is a sore throat or cough, other key herbs are Thyme (Thymus vulgaris), Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis),Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) and Mullein (Verbascum thapsus).

These herbs are all safe to be used for babies, infants and children when given at the right doses. When medicinal herbs are prepared well for littlies, it’s important that they taste appropriate for tiny taste buds.  Let’s create good warm fuzzy memories for our children, not the garlicky kind!