Hello to all the wonderful and amazing mommies! I know you all would have gone through some tough times in the up bringing of your child. I faced it as well.
Those labour pains, sleepless night, with the increased heart beats when our baby is sick, stress.. all these are washed off with the cute SMILE of our babies and those TINY STEPS they take towards us
I would like to share few home remedies for the common cold and cough
For babies below 6 months
1. Try Saline Drops
When your child’s nose is stuffy, she may have trouble breathing, sleeping, and eating. Saline nasal drops can thin the mucus in her nose and shrink swollen airways. Use them two or three times per day; any more often could make her nose sore.
Saline drops may make it easier to remove mucus from your child’s nose. For babies, try a suction bulb. If your toddler can blow her nose with your help, give that a try.
2. Give a Little Honey
It soothes sore throats and eases coughs. It may even work better for children than OTC cough medicines. Give your child 1/2 teaspoon of honey before bedtime. But never give it to a child less than a year old. It can make them very ill.
3. Raise Baby’s Head
Have you ever slept with extra pillows when you had a stuffy nose to breathe more easily? This trick works for babies, too. Simply place a pillow or folded towel under the head of your baby’s mattress to create a slight angle. This will raise her head safely and help her to breathe.
4. Ajwain Potli
Ajwain or carom seeds have antiviral and antibacterial properties. Dry roast ajwain on a tava or pan. Put the ajwain in a cotton cloth and make a potli of it. Gently rub it on the baby’s chest, back, under feet and palms.
Make sure the potli is not very hot. First, test the temperature by putting the potli on your wrist. Make sure that the baby must have a single layer of clothing before you start to rub potli on the body.
Caution: Don’t rub it on the naked chest of your baby.
You can place potli near baby’s nose or in baby’s crib so that it can inhale ajwain smell. It is a really helpful remedy to cure baby’s cough.
5. Tulsi and coconut oil massage
Tulsi is a sacred plant in Hindu Indian culture and a commonly used herb in Indian households. Tulsi has antiviral, antibacterial and antibiotic properties that help to cure diseases like cold and cough, fever, throat infections, flu and congestion. Tulsi is one of the widely used ingredients in many home remedies.
For small babies, you can add tulsi in oil and give the massage with it to your child.
Take 2-3 teaspoons of good quality coconut oil; prefer to go for organic products. Warm the coconut oil and add 5-6 crushed tulsi leaves. By crushing them, tulsi leaves’ juice will mix with the coconut oil and oil will soak all the healing properties of tulsi.
Remember, the oil must be warm not too much hot. Gently massage the oil on the chest, back and under feet of your baby while sleeping. This oil mixture will help to give relief from cold and cough.
The best treatment for cold and cough or any other ailment for babies below 6 months is breastmilk. Breastmilk passes antibodies from mother’s body to baby’s body thus helping them to fight the infection and building their immunity at the same time. Thus, breastmilk is the best home remedy to treat cold and cough and fever in babies. You will find that baby will not want to breastfeed for too long when s/he has cold and cough, so it is recommended to increase the frequency of breastfeeding when baby is sick from cold and cough.
7. Mustard oil massage
This is an age-old home remedy for cough and cold for babies, which both my mother and mother-in-law have used and even I use it now. This is not only safe for babies, it is also very good for older children and even adults.
How to make garlic mustard massage oil to relieve cold, cough and chest congestion in babies:
Heat about 100 mls of cold pressed (kachchi ghani) mustard oil. Add 8-10 cloves of garlic cut into pieces.Heat this mixtures till garlic turns black.Now filter this oil and cool slightly.
Massage baby with this oil while still slightly warm.
Apply generously on chest, back, palms and bottom of feet. Give a warm bath after massage.
This is very effective and you will immediately see relief.
For Babies above 6 months(you can try above as well as these additonal ones)
8. Increase Fluid Intake
After 6 months you may give a few spoonfuls warm water at regular intervals. Increased frequency of breastfeeding will also ensure baby is hydrated and recovers fast.
9. Hot soups for warmth and comfort
You may also give warm tomato or vegetable soup with a little pepper powder to baby. If chicken has been introduced, you may even give plain chicken soup. Soups are warming and also provide fluid to body which is essential when recovering from cold. Breastmilk or formula is still essential and it can be the single biggest source of nutrition and comfort for baby when suffering from cold.
For babies 1-3 years
10. Indian Borage (Doddapatre) leaf juice
Wash the leaves. Heat it in a pan for few seconds and then extract the juice from the leaves by squeezing.
Then add little honey to the juice and give it to your baby
11. Onion and honey Cough syrup
Add one medium chopped onion to a half a cup of honey and keep covered overnight. You can give this natural cough syrup 2-3 times a day.
11. Ginger and garlic
Include ginger and garlic in everyday cooking for the whole family. They are not only good for warding off cold, but great for overall immunity of body.