Home remedies for cough and cold in babies and toddlers
It so happened that our toddler fell sick some days back. Easiest options before us – take the kid to a doctor or administer him a spoonful of permitted medicine. The latter gives him a few hours rest and he wakes up a little groggy later on. But hey, why can’t we try some Home remedies for cough in toddlers. Dealing with toddler sore throat and cough is a nightmare for almost every other parent. So we thought about giving it a try.
What to give a child with a sore throat? Here are some home remedies for cough and cold in babies and toddlers:
Turmeric is essentially a wonder herb when it comes to healing properties. Inhaling smoke from a burning turmeric piece can work wonders for providing instant relief from cough. Besides, there is no danger of smoke inhalation as the smoke arising will barely be like a thread. If your kid is above 2 years, you could even add a little turmeric to the child’s milk.
Garlic water can be an excellent sore throat remedy for babies above 4 years of age. You need to peel the skin of two garlic pods and place them in hot water for about 10 minutes. When the water cools down, remove the garlic pods and feed a few sips of garlic water to the sick child.
Use of camphor mixed in coconut oil is one of the best Indian home remedies for cold and cough in infants. Make it a point to mix a little camphor in warm coconut oil and let it cool. When cool apply the mixture to the baby’s chest.
- Tulsi/ Basil
Tulsi is yet another wonder herb with exceptional medicinal properties. Add tulsi leaves to water for over an hour. Remove the leaves and let the sick child drink it. The remedy works well for kids above 2 years of age.
Milk mixed with honey can be given to children above one year to provide them instant relief from cough and cold.
- Vicks vapourub
How come Vicks qualifies as a home remedy? Well, it works like a charm when your child is sick. Apply it to the child’s chest and/or feet to provide relief from cough and cold. Tried and tested since our childhood days!
- Steam inhalation:
Steam should never be administered to a child as done to adults. It can be administered indirectly by filling hot water in the bathroom and hold the baby in the steamy bathroom for some time. This will help in thinning out the phlegm.
As pointed in the earlier post, children can get uncomfortable with dry air. You could try out a humidifier to help easing out the situation for the sick kid.
- Saline drops: You can get these easily at medical stores or conveniently make one at home. Mix 3 teaspoons of salt with one rounded teaspoon of baking soda. Dissolve about ½ teaspoon of the above made mixture with around 2kg (4 ounces) of clean water. Make it a point to use only filtered water for preparation of the solution. Administer two to three drops of the solution at one time in each nostril for providing relief from running nose.
- Chicken soup and warm liquids (only for kids 6 months and above)
Warm liquids work well in providing relief from chest congestion. Chicken soup, whether homemade or canned, helps in relieving chest congestion, fever and fatigue. However, take care in serving the liquid warm, not hot.
- Nose Blowing
Help kids breathe well by blowing their nose. However, most kids cannot master this skill till 4 years of age, while some of them learn by the age 2 years. While some kids can learn by copying adults, others would need some practice.
- Mustard Oil massage
Mustard oil massage is a good old Indian home remedy for cough and cold in babies. Heat about 100 ml of mustard oil and add 8-10 garlic cloves. Heat the mixture till garlic color turns into black. Let the mixture cool and filter the same. Apply it on chest and feet of the child.
- Lots of rest (all ages)
Lots of rest is the key to provide instant relief from cough, cold and many other ailments. The kids’ immunity is still developing and rest lets them recover from the ailment.
- Homemade cough syrup
Mix 2 tablespoon of ginger juice, 2 tablespoon of honey, a pinch of turmeric powder, salt, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon glycerin. Mix them well and administer one tablespoon of the same after every 2 hours.
- Fresh ginger/raw turmeric:
Ginger and turmeric are known to have great medicinal properties. We were made to keep raw ginger/ raw turmeric in our mouth to get relief from cough, cold and fever.
Above mentioned home remedies for cough and cold in babies are pretty safe to try with minimal side effects for the baby. Some of them are tried and tested Indian home remedies for cold and cough in infants. In any case if you are not comfortable trying these, you could contact your doctor before administrating them to your child.