Chinese Herbal Formulas for Children's Cold and Cough

As much as we want to prevent our kids from getting sick, they need to get sick then get healthy! That’s how our children build a strong immune system.

But, that doesn’t mean we’re powerless to help our kids if they do get sick. Chinese pediatric herbal formulas are another great tool to have in your medicine bag.

Chinese herbal formulas are incredibly safe and effective.

Their safety record far surpasses that of children’s Tylenol and OTC cough medicines and pretty much most drugs!

Herbal formulas for cold and cough are designed to:

• Boost your child’s immunity & prevent illness
• Reduce the severity cold symptoms
• Help your child overcome an upper respiratory illness in a timely manner


Top 6 Chinese Herbal Formulas Every Parent Should Have on Hand

It never fails that kids get sick late at night when it’s inconvenient to run to the health food store and grab some herbs! That’s why at the beginning of each fall I recommend parents stock up on the most common Chinese herbal formulas for treating cold and cough.

Then you’ll have exactly what you need when you need it! You don’t have to wait a couple days for it to be delivered or make an unnecessary trip to the store with a sick kid.

The Chinese pediatric herbal formulas in this post are pleasant tasting and easy for kids to take. They are intended for children over 1 year of age. Be sure to check ingredients if your child has food allergies to ensure there’s nothing in the formula they’re allergic to. For proper dosing, follow the instructions on the bottle.

Be sure to check ingredients if your child has food allergies to ensure there’s nothing in the formula they’re allergic to. For proper dosing, follow the instructions on the bottle.

Immunity Booster

We recommend kids take a daily formula to boost immunity and prevent illness. It’s best to start using an immunity-boosting formula prior to school starting and throughout the school year to strengthen your child’s immune defenses!

1. Kids’ Immune Protect by Planetary Herbals

Kids’ Immune Protect liquid is based on a classic Chinese formula called Jade Screen. It features the herbal powerhouse Astragalus, which has been shown in research to support the immune system and enhance T-cell and macrophage activity.

Astragalus has been used for several hundred years to boost immunity! It is joined by three other herbs, Bai-Zhu,  Atractylodes Rhizome, and Siler Root, to complement and strengthen the effects of Astragalus. Click Here to Purchase.


At the First Sign of Illness

Look for signs such as cranky behavior, easy to tears, irritability, clinginess, and fatigue. These are often the first signs that your child is fighting a cold or viral infection.

If you suspect your child is coming down with an illness, start herbs immediately!! The sooner you start the higher the chance you can avert a full-blown cold.

2. Wellness Herbal Kids by Source Naturals

This herbal formula is based on the classical Chinese herbal formula Yin Qiao San. Yin Qiao is designed to help with sore throat, nasal congestion, and fever. In addition, the formula contains Echinacea, Goldenseal, and Isatis to provide additional anti-viral support. Click Here to Purchase.


For Cough & Cold Symptoms

If your child does catch a cold, you can manage the symptoms and speed recovery with the formulas below.

Little Fishes Chinese Herbal Formulas for Kids

3. Nose Clear by China Herb Co.

This formula is designed to ease nasal congestion caused by cold, flu, or even allergies. It is based on a classic Chinese formula called Can Er Zi San, but has been modified for children.

It relieves stuffy noses and allergic congestion without being excessively drying.

4. Fever Clear by China Herb Co.

This formula is designed to resolve early stage fevers with accompanying symptoms such as sore throat, runny nose, and earache in children. It is based on the classic formula Yin Qiao San.

5. Ear Clear by China Herb Co.

This formula is designed to treat acute ear infection and resolve pus in the ear that can cause ear pain. For non-complicated ear infections, this formula is incredibly effective! It is based on the formula Minor Bupleurum, which is a favorite among Chinese herbalists.

Click Here to Purchase Nose Clear, Fever Clear, or Ear Clear

6. Loquat Respiratory Syrup for Kids by Planetary Herbals

Loquat Respiratory Syrup for kids is a gentle, soothing herbal formula to calm a cough and support overall respiratory health. The main ingredient is Loquat leaves, which have been used by Chinese herbalists of hundreds of years to soothe a cough.

Other key botanicals are added to support respiratory health including the inner barks of slippery elm and wild cherry for supporting the lungs and treating cough. Click Here to Purchase.


Maximizing Chinese Herbal Formula Effectiveness

To make sure your child gets the most benefit from herbs, be sure to give them to your child at least 3 to 5 times per day.

Herbs are rapidly metabolized by the body and will be out of your child’s system within hours. That’s why, during an acute illness, it’s important to have your child take herbs every few hours.

It is safe to combine formulas if your child has more than one symptom. For instance, if your child has a cough and an ear infection you can combine Ear Clear plus Loquat Respiratory Syrup for Kids to treat both conditions.

If you’re unsure of what to give your child, seek the advice of a licensed acupuncturist & herbalist. You can find one in her Kids Love Acupuncture Directory. Or you can schedule a remote session with Robin.


Common Sense Caution

Herbal formulas are not a replacement for medical care by a licensed medical doctor or health practitioner. If something does not seem right with your child’s health, seek medical attention immediately.


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