Cough and Cold are contagious diseases caused by viruses. Over the counter (OTC) cough and cold medications can’t be given to the children under the age of 6. These medications could have serious side effects in babies. In 2008, the food and drug administration recommended not to use such medications for babies as they are not safe for them. So it is better to use home remedies for cough and flu in babies instead of OTC medications. In this chapter, home remedies for cough and cold in babies, I will be discussing some of the best home remedies which you can use for babies if they are suffering from infections like cough and cold.
The Main cause of Cough and Cold in children
Viruses are germs that cause most colds and coughs by infecting the nasal passages and causing congestion and mucus formation. They are easily transferred from children to children due to sneezing, coughing, and being in close contact with other infected children. Unfortunately, antibiotics do not help relieve cold and cough. An average elementary or primary school child has 3-10 colds per year.
Here are some Effective Home Remedies for Cough and Cold in Babies
Home remedies are as effective as OTC medicines. They can also work as a magic for the cure of cough and flu in the same way OTC medicines do.
1. Use of Garlic and Ajwain
Garlic and Ajwain has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties that are effective for the cure of cough and flu. A mixture of garlic and ajwain is very powerful and acts as the best herbal medicines for the cure of cough and flu. To make a mixture, take 2 garlic cloves and 1 teaspoon of ajwain and dry roast them. After that cool it down and take the mixture out in a muslin cloth and tie it tight. Now place this pouch near baby’s cot or where baby sleeps. This mixture will help to clear any blockage that the baby might have. Another way to use this pouch is to rub it on the soles of the baby’s feet to have effective results.
2. Mustard Oil with Garlic and Ajwain
Mustard oil is also very effective when used with garlic and ajwain. All of these ingredients have anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. They have a tranquilizing effect on the baby as they ease the choking. To prepare the mixture, take 1/4th cup of mustard oil, add 2 cloves of crushed garlic, and add 1 teaspoon of ajwain into it. Heat all of them on low flame until it turn into brown color. After preparing this mixture, it will turns into oil like texture. Then massage this oil on the baby’s chest and under baby’s feet. This oil will be efficacious for the cure of cold and flu for the babies.
3. Mustard Oil with Rock Salt
Mustard oil provides warmth that gives a soothing effect to the baby’s throat. It acts as one of the good home remedies for the cure of cough and flu. Take 2 tablespoons of lukewarm mustard oil and take half a teaspoon of rock salt. Mix both of them and massage this oil gently on the baby’s chest and the back. After massaging, cover the body parts with a warm cloth to provide heat.
4. Lemon water mixed with Honey
Lemons are a rich source of Vitamin C that helps in fighting against viruses and bacteria. Squeeze a lemon in a glass of lukewarm water and you can also add honey for the taste. Mix it thoroughly and give this mixture to babies.
Honey is good in taste that’s why it is better for children older than age 1. It is better than medicine for curing cough and cold.
5. Carrot Juice
Carrots have vitamins and nutrients that help in boosting the immune system. It is one of the best home remedies for the cure of cough and cold, especially for babies. You can give steamed or mashed carrots to the children more than the age of 6 and for toddlers you can give carrot juice that is easy for them to digest.
6. Steam Therapy
You can also use steam therapy to cure cough and cold in babies. If you don’t have an electric steamer in your home then you can run a hot shower and let some steam to accumulate in the bathroom. Let your baby sit in the steam for 15 to 20 minutes. When the toddler will inhale the steam it will loosen the mucus and gives baby a relief.
7. Positioning your kid’s head
When children sleep their body repairs itself that is why an uninterrupted sleep is needed for baby’s better nourishment and better growth. If your kid is suffering from cold and flu, by raising your kid’s head you can prevent mucous to go back into the system and this practice also allows baby to breathe easily. For raising your child’s head, put a towel under your child’s head for elevating it. You can also use a small pillow too. But make sure that the height of the pillow is suitable for baby height to avoid any neck problem.
For infants, take a piece of dry turmeric and burn it in a candle or lamp flame, allowing the infant to inhale smoke from the burning turmeric for one minute. The smoke emanating from the burning turmeric will be just like a thread, so there is no fear of inhaling the smoke !!!
Tip : For children above 1+ years, turmeric can be given by mixing it with milk.
9. Tulsi/Basil leaves
Basil leaves have great medicinal properties, they can be added to either water or milk. Allow them to soak in water for more than an hour and give water to children above 2 years of age.
A diluted mild tea prepared from chamomile can be given to children above the age of 2 years, it acts as a soothing agent for the throat.
11. Keep baby hydrated
One of the best home remedies to ensure that the child is taking fluids / water (for children above 6 months).
12. Ghee with black pepper
This remedy is simple and effective. Kids don’t like the taste but it works. That matters! Heat one tablespoon of desi ghee and then add a pinch of black pepper to it and take it little by little three to three times a day. Best before bedtime.
They are considered the best remedy with a queer taste but the big benefits is kaadha. Cumin, black pepper and jaggery kaadha ; Basil/tulsi, ginger, Ajwain kaadha is best to get rid of cough and cold. Boil these ingredients in water until it reduces in half and then take this lukewarm kaadha before preparing your child in bed. ((Also read: Treatment of sore throat in Ayurveda 2020 )).
14. Saffron/ Kesar milk
Although expensive saffron is quite effective in case of cold. Put 3-4 flakes in boiling milk and boil it for 5 minutes before making your baby drink it. It provides good warmth to the body to fight cold and cough symptoms and also helps in getting sound sleep.
These were some of the famous home remedies to get your little one back from cold and cough claws which is quite common sight in young children and doesn’t demand much worries till it gets so worse that body temperature rises or discomforts continue all night persistently. Continue In that case, it always suggested to see a physician as soon as possible as small symptoms when do not leave the body timely might be a sign of another demonic disease.
Note – These are some of the home remedies which could be effective for your baby for cough and cold. But if you are using these home remedies make sure to observe your child’s symptoms and if the symptoms persist then you should consult a doctor as soon as possible.
All super duper moms know how to use brains with kitchen ingredients to let the cold symptoms go quickly.
In this article, Home Remedies for Coughs and Colds in Babies, we have provided you some easy Homemade Tricks to help relieve your child’s cough and cold in a short period of time. Try these simple home remedies and return with results. Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comment section below. 🙂
By :- Fatyma Mehar