As mothers, we are always concern about giving ‘too much’ oral medicines to our young children, so we look into more holistic ways to relieve our child’s cold or flu.

Having a sick child at home is something no mother likes going through.  So in an effort to make my little one feel better, I decided to try out some popular home remedies. One by disinfecting the air in our room with onions and another by putting crushed garlic in a pair of socks.

Disinfecting the Air with Onions

This remedy has been circulating social media for quite a while, which means- it must be true right? WRONG!

Basically, the idea is to place a chopped onion in the room of the person who is sick. The claim is that onions have the ability to absorb bacteria and viruses that are in the room and even pull the germs out of the sick person. So that’s what I did.

My toddler co-sleeps with us, so I chopped up half an onion and placed it on our bedside table.

To my dismay, I woke up in the middle of the night with two swollen eyes that refused to open. I literally thought I was going blind as it was stinging so badly. The moment I got my eyes opened, tears gushed out like a waterfall! I had to rinse my eyes a couple of times and this went on for hours. It was truly a nightmare!


Garlic in Child’s Socks

After that horrible experience, I was still desperate to help my child find relieve from his horrible flu. So I decided to try out another popular home remedy recommended by a mum, and this time it was garlic.

Garlic is known to have powerful anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. The remedy was to put a clove of crushed garlic in each of your child’s sock and make him wear it overnight.

For some odd reason my son just loathed having socks on, so I decided to put the socks with garlic in them after he was fast asleep. To my horror, I was awaken by screams in the middle of the night. My little one had realized he had socks on and was trying to yank them off his feet! So this home remedy didn’t work either.


I gave up looking for answers on the internet. I talked to my mum about what happened and decided to seek her advice. She just laughed about what happened and suggested a method that she used on me while I was my little one’s age, which was to simply rub Vicks VapoRub on my child’s chest and back before he goes to bed.

So that night, after a nice warm bath, I massaged the VapoRub on his chest, back and neck. To my surprise he actually loved the feeling of being massaged. It even helped him to sleep through the night without any trouble, which is such a relief.
I’m not sure why I didn’t ask my mum in the first place! Could have saved me all the horrible experience- but I’m glad that I finally came across Vicks VapoRub and I’ve been using it on my kids ever since.


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