The hazard caused by the smog cannot be understated. Despite the warning to stay indoors, it is not possible not to venture outdoors at all. 


The exposure to haze can cause the following symptoms:

 - itchy, watery or red eyes

 - runny nose

 - blocked nose

 - sneezing

 - dry / sore throat

 - dry irritant cough 


To help a child alleviate the symptoms, natural homemade remedies could be an option. These homemade remedies can also be used for adults.


Homemade Saline Nasal Spray can be used to relieve sneezing, runny, blocked nose and sneezing. To make a saline nasal spray, one needs the following:

 - small spray bottle

 - 240 ml of very warm water

 - 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodised salt (for those with iodine allergy)


Mix the warm water and the salt until the salt completely dissolves. For cases of heavy nose congestion, one can increase the salt quantity in the mixture.


Once the solution has cooled to room temperature, it is ready for use. Keep the solution covered and store in the fridge. The covered solution can be stored for up to 5 days. 


Homemade Cold Compress can be used for itchy, watery or red eyes

To make a cold compress, one needs the following:

 - used camomile tea bags or green tea bags


Put used tea bags in the fridge for half an hour. Place the chilled tea bags over the affected eyes for at least 10 minutes. Do this 3 to 4 times a day. Throw away after each use.


Homemade Salt Water can be used for dry / sore throat

To make a salt solution, one would need:

 - half a teaspoon of walt

 - a glass of warm water


Dissolve the salt on the warm water and gargle the warm salt water to kill the bacteria in the throat.


Homemade honey drink can be used for sore throat as well as dry cough.

To make honey drink,  one would need:

 - 1 table spoon of honey

 - one cup of milk


Warm up the milk but not to boiling level. but just warm enough to melt the honey. Please take note that honey should NOT be given to children under the age of 12 months because it could cause a rare form of food poisoning in babies. Consume while the honey milk is still warm but not scalding.


* Please note that these are general remedies and are not meant to substitute medical advice. 

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