Fever and cough are very common in babies. They are not immune to diseases as much as an average adult is, so they are prone to mild diseases and infections. However, these can be treated with simple home remedies. Although, if it is a severe condition, a doctor or a pediatrician should be consulted immediately.
Here are the top 25 home remedies that will help your baby fight fever and cough.
1. Breast milk
Breast milk is the best remedy to any infection when it comes to babies. Mother’s milk has antibodies and is nutritious enough to help the baby fight any disease and it provides immunity at the same time. It also helps keep the baby hydrated.
2. Saline drops
A blocked nose makes it very difficult to breath, especially in babies. Nasal drops help in clearing out the mucus and allow them to breath by opening the nasal passage. It can be used 2-3 times a day.
3. Garlic and carom seeds (ajwain)
Make a little pouch with garlic that has been roasted along with carom seeds and hang it in the baby’s cot (not too close to the baby). These are antibacterial and antiviral, and also help to clear out congestion and open up a blocked nose.
4. Ginger and honey
Your can add grated ginger to honey and give it to your baby at regular intervals. This helps in preventing infections and relieves your baby from cough.
Honey helps to soothe the throat. One teaspoon a day will help provide a lot of relief from a sore throat.
Saffron milk is known to remedy cough and fever for ages. Make sure the milk is warm enough. It is ideally given before your baby goes to sleep.
7. Turmeric milk
Turmeric milk is an age old remedy for fever and dry coughs. It is known for it’s medicinal qualities and helps to fight the diseases and heal faster. Make sure the milk is lukewarm.
8. Carrot juice
Carrot juice is found to be effective against cold and cough. Diluted carrot juice can be given to babies under the age of 6 months.
Soups provide warmth and essential nutrients to the body. They are a source of fluids that help in hydrating the body and give a lot of energy. Whether it is chicken soup or vegetable soup, it is really helpful.
10. Include a lot of fluids
Fluids help to keep the body hydrated and also, when there is an intake of fluids, there is more filtering of the blood, which helps in excreting germs.
11. White onion juice
White onion is known for it’s medicinal values. Extract the juice of a white onion and feed one teaspoon to your child. It will help get relief from cough and fever.
12. Tulsi water
Put some tulsi leaves in boiling water and feed this to your child. Tulsi not only helps provide relief, but also boosts immunity.
13. Oil with drumstick leaves
This is an age old remedy used by many Indian mothers. Drumstick leaves are added to coconut oil and heated. This warm oil is applied when the baby has a cough, cold and fever.
14. Oil massage
Oil massages help to get relief from cough and cold. Crush garlic cloves and add them to mustard oil. Heat the oil until the garlic turns brown. After that, remove the garlic and use the oil for massages. Massage the feet and the chest. Mustard oil has a warming effect, which helps get relief from congestion. Also, garlic has antibacterial and antiviral properties.
15. Turmeric paste massage
Mix turmeric powder with water to make a paste and heat it a little. When it is warm, apply it on areas like the chest, forehead and feet. Turmeric helps get relief from cough.
16. Mustard oil massage
The pungent smell of mustard oil helps in getting relief from a blocked nose and cough. Warm a little mustard oil and apply it to your baby’s chest, feet and forehead.
17. Camphor-infused oil massage
Camphor helps in getting relief from blocked noses and cough. Add a pinch of camphor to some warm coconut oil. Use this oil to massage your baby.
17. Proper clothing
Make sure your baby is properly dressed. During winters, make sure he/she has enough warm clothes on to protect them from the cold. If it is the summer season, make sure they are comfortable in whatever they are wearing. However, make them wear too many warm clothes.
18. Proper sanitation
Make sure your baby is well sanitised and keep them clean. You might not be able to give them thorough baths daily, but make sure you give them a sponge bath and change their clothes everyday.
20. Eucalyptus oil
Eucalyptus oil is known for its medicinal values. It has amazing healing properties and also helps relieve respiratory issues. It also helps clear sinuses and can be added to a diffuser or simply dip a cotton ball in it and place it in the room.
Steam makes it easier to breath. It provides relief, as the steam helps loosen the phlegm and clear the nose.
Apply vaporub on your baby’s chest, feet and forehead before sleeping. After applying, cover your child in warm clothes before they sleep.
23. Hot water gargle
This one is for kids above 1-2 years as babies can’t gargle. Gargling with warm or hot salt water helps to kill the bacteria in the throat and clear out the mucus.
24. Keep the head elevated
Keep your baby’s head slightly elevated all the time. It makes it easier for the baby to breathe, as it facilitates the entry of more air.
25. Homemade cough syrup
Homemade cough syrup works the best for cough in babies and toddlers. It is very easy to make the cough syrup. Add two teaspoons of ginger juice, two teaspoons of honey, one pinch of salt, lemon juice and glycerin. Mix all the ingredients and give one teaspoon of the mixture after every two hours.
All of the above natural home remedies help your baby get immediate relief from cough and fever. However, it is always better to consult a pediatrician. If the problem is not too serious, it is okay to go ahead with the home remedies. Always go for preventive measure, as prevention is always better than cure. Try maintaining hygiene around the house and give your baby healthy food to boost their immunity and provide nutrition.