In the winter of 2011 my 4yo had a really bad cough. After hacking and spluttering for weeks, it got so bad that she started vomiting after a coughing fit. I took her to the doctors (for the third time that month) and was told she had whooping cough. But she’s been fully vaccinated, I indignantly replied! Yes said my doctor, and thank goodness she has, because it would have been a whole lot worse had she not been. We were given antibiotics, which to be honest didn’t really help very much, and played a very long waiting game for Spring to finally arrive.
I have several friends who have had whooping cough in their adulthood, and they’ve all said that even after it leaves your body you are left with a weakness on your chest. True to form 2012 was the same as the previous year – she started coughing around October, and didn’t properly stop until about April. Last year we noticed a massive improvement, and I thought we were in the clear. Until about a week ago when the dreaded cough started again! It’s now so bad that she’s waking up at night having a fit and sometimes vomiting up phlegm.
I’ve spoken before about the natural anti-inflammatory properties contained in rooibos tea, and natural antibiotic that is organic cold pressed honey. My usual stance on coughs is catch it early by dosing the girls up on lots of tea, which has worked well in stopping it in its tracks up until now.
Unfortunately when my eldest gets into the cycle of night waking and getting up at the crack of dawn for the day, she becomes really stubborn! She was refusing point blank to drink the tea, so I thought I’d try something else. I made a big pot, then reduced it down on a high heat until it made cough syrup. I plan on giving it to her every couple of hours today, and if nothing else it’ll soothe her sore throat and make her less croaky. Hopefully this, along with our new super clean diet, will mean we can kiss goodbye to the dreaded cough!
Just in case you’re wondering, here’s the recipe:
3 organic rooibos tea bags
whole fresh lemon, cut into six slices
large piece of fresh ginger, cut into six slices
2 tbsp honey, I love this stuff
– put all ingredients into a tea pot, then fill to the top with boiling water
– let the tea brew for at least an hour
– pour the liquid into a small saucepan
– reduce down on a high heat until you are left with 10-20% of the original amount you started with
– pour into a small glass bottle, allow to cool and store in the fridge