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6 Best Homemade Sore Throat Remedies for Kids

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Mix honey with apple cider vinegar and water to relieve a sore throat.

Mix honey with apple cider vinegar and water to relieve a sore throat.

Homemade Sore Throat Remedies for Kids

Are you or your kids having trouble coping with a sore throat? Is it too inconvenient to visit the doctor or to get some medicine at the pharmacy?

Well, there is no need to go out. The solution to your sore throat problems could be only a few short steps away in the house. It is very likely that everything you need is already in your kitchen or bathroom.

This article will outline six of the best homemade sore throat remedies for kids and adults can try. Most people will find that these remedies are often just as effective as over-the-counter drugs or prescription medicine for curing a sore throat.

1. Gargle with Salt and Water

You want to target the harmful bacteria in the throat and a saltwater solution can do the trick.

  • Put about half a tablespoon of salt in a cup of water.
  • Stir the solution and gargle it for a couple of minutes.

This will reduce the nasty phlegm in the mouth and throat. You can repeat the gargling every couple of hours or so.

Mouthwash like Listerine or Scope can work as well, but the salt and water mix is much easier on the wallet. Also, as a substitute for the water, you could try mixing salt with apple cider vinegar and gargle with it instead.

2. Gargle With Salt, Baking Soda, and Water

This is the same idea as above, but adding baking soda into the mix can be an even more powerful remedy for a sore throat.

  • Add 1/8 teaspoon of salt and
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to
  • 1 cup of water.

Mix it all up and gargle for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Then, spit it out.

Both you and your child's throat will feel more relieved after gargling with this mix several times throughout the day.

3. Try Water With Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey

Drinking apple cider vinegar is one of the best natural homemade sore throat remedies for kids. This mixture can be surprisingly effective.

  • Mix one tablespoon of honey,
  • one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar,
  • and one cup of hot water.

Remember to make sure the water is hot and drink it as often throughout the day as you (or your child) like. If you are concerned about the smell of apple cider vinegar, you could try putting in some lemon and/or mint.

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4. Drink Water with Lemon and Lime

Other fantastic drink remedies for sore throats are lemon and lime juice. You can add some honey to the mixture if you want to sweeten it up a bit.

Remember to heat them up. Warm drinks are always better than cold ones when getting over a sore throat. Hot tea and lemonade can also be effective.

As an alternative similar solution, you could try honey citron tea. It is the same idea as above, but only hotter. Take a couple teaspoons of honey citron tea out of the jar, put it in a mug and pour hot water in. Mix it up and it is ready to drink.

5. Suck on Candies

Another way to help soothe a sore throat is to suck on some hard candies. It is one of the simplest homemade remedies for sore throats, but it helps a lot.

If you are concerned about the sugar content, then buy some candies that are sugar-free. They will help moisten the mouth. If the throat is continuously dry then it will take significantly longer to get over your cold.

6. Suck on Garlic

Garlic can both treat and prevent sore throats as it naturally kills bacteria in your system. It works great for the common cold too.

As you could imagine, this remedy may not be as suitable for kids because of the strength of the garlic. However, some children may be able to handle it if they have the determination to follow through.

  • First, take one clove of garlic and cut it in half.
  • Stick each half on both sides of the mouth and suck on them like you would with the hard candies.

Obviously, it is not going to taste as good as the candy so be prepared to tolerate it. Also, your garlic breath will likely be strong enough to scare of Dracula afterward. If you’re meeting friends for dinner, you may want to gargle with some mouthwash and take a handful of mints with you.

Garlic can be an effective natural remedy for a sore throat.

Garlic can be an effective natural remedy for a sore throat.

Final Thoughts About Homemade Sore Throat Remedies for Kids

Getting over a sore throat can take awhile. However, you can speed up the process by trying any of these highly effective homemade sore throat remedies for kids and adults. Just take the necessary precautions and everyone will recover in time.

Lastly, remember to get a lot of rest and try to keep your nose clear if the cold has caused a lot of blockages. Eat healthily and drink a lot of liquids—preferably drinks that are hot. If your sore throat or your child's sore throat continues to be problematic, be sure to consult with a physician.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


Laura Ross on February 05, 2013:

Garlic works! I had a terrible cough for two weeks straight and was just about to head to the Dr. when I decided to try taking garlic. I cut up a clove in pill size pieces and swallowed them early in the morning. By that afternoon I was feeling better. A lot better, which seemed crazy after constantly coughing. My coughing literally stopped! It saved me a trip to the Dr. and a bill! Yeah GARLIC:) Voted Up and Useful!

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