Welcome to another cold and flu season.
What is a parent to do when confronted with the annual onslaught
of sniffles and sore throats? Consult the pediatrician? Treat
symptoms with over-the-counter cold and flu medicines? Simply let
the illness run its course? Lately, more families are turning to
alternative remedies like homeopathy and herbal treatments to
provide cold and flu relief for their children, and even
conventional doctors are beginning to recognize their
"The word 'natural' doesn't always mean harmless, but there are
lots of ways to help with symptomatic relief in a soothing way,"
says Dr. Lori Walsh, a pediatrician with Glenbrook Pediatrics in
Glenview and at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
"Unfortunately, no matter what you do, the common cold is probably
going to take seven days to resolve."
Here are some natural and herbal remedies moms have found
effective for their families during cold and flu season-plus
Walsh's thoughts on what works (and what probably doesn't help
much). Welcome to another cold and flu season.