How I Get My Toddler To Drink Medicinal Tea



I heard my 3 year old coughing in her sleep a few weeks ago.  It was one of those croupy, wheezing coughs that hit without warning.  The cough was not waking her up so I let her sleep.  As soon as she woke up the next morning, she wheezed when she breathed, her barking cough sounded tighter.  I immediately got out my favorite lung herbs to help her.  It's important to begin treating any illness immediately before it has time to take over.

It's very simple to get younger children to drink any medicinal tea that may not taste the best.  Adults can many times force themselves to down something if we know the importance of consuming it....it can be harder to convince a young child of it. :)

The child dosage for medicinal tea is 1/2 cup three times a day.  If the illness is really bad or you don't catch it at the beginning, you may need to administer the 1/2 cup of tea hourly or every other hour.

Simply bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil {or boil 1 1/2 cups at a time if you'd like to make the tea all at once for that day}.  Add 1/2-1 tsp. of dried herbs per 1/2 cup water {double the amount of herbs if using fresh}.  Cover the pan and steep for 5-20 minutes depending on how strong you want the tea.  I typically steep for 15 minutes.  


Strain the herbs into something besides plastic.  If you give your child a plastic cup to drink from, it's best to let the tea cool before pouring it in plastic.


Once the tea is cooled, pour 1/2 cup in the drinking cup.  The only other thing you need is juice.  Thankfully my local Aldi has started carrying organic apple juice!  Use whatever is available to you though!



Fill the cup up with juice....



... and down she drinks it!  I like combining tea with juice rather than sugar - makes it a little healthier. 


And as for this cough?  I gave her the tea 3 times that first day and it was gone by the next morning!  I also gave her elderberry syrup for a few days {about 3 times a day because she was happy and eating and not lethargic.  If she were lethargic, I would give it to her hourly.}, to help her immune system fight off whatever she had.

How do you get your children to drink medicinal tea?

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