Remarkable Home Remedy To Common Cold And Cough That Your Baby Would Find Irresistible – Part 1

Remarkable Home Remedy To Common Cold And Cough That Your Baby Would Find Irresistible – Part 1

Common cold and cough are the most common reasons for kids missing classes at school. The good news is that with some home remedy, you could control and even cure them.

They are contagious throughout the year. When it comes to the common cold, there is no one-stop cure for it – no antibiotics, no syrups, and no pills. However, there are several remedies that can offer your child some relief when he’s sneezing and wheezing all day long, thanks to an irritating cold or cough. It is better to provide such remedies to your infant from your kitchen than a medical shop. Also, there are so many different remedies for this ailment that you’re sure to find at least a few of the below items sitting right now in your kitchen!

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Home Remedies Suitable for Newborn Babies

1. Breast Milk

There is no remedy or cure that is greater than the only natural food for a newborn human – the breast milk. It works as a remedy for any infections in babies who are six months of age or even older. Regular feeds also help calm a cranky baby who does not understand anything and gains comfort only from his mother’s touch.

2. Homemade Nasal Drops

This is very good for babies who have a blocked nose. Your pediatrician can prescribe locally available over-the-counter nasal drops. But you could also make saline drops at home, in case of an emergency. Using a sterilized spoon, mix ½ tsp salt and 8 tsp of warm filtered water in a sterilized bowl.

NOTE: Keep the baby’s head tilted as you drop the prescribed amount into his nostrils. This is done so that the saline does not ooze out. Also, use homemade saline drops in case of an emergency only since it is prone to bacteria.

3. Turmeric

Turmeric or haldi has been lauded for its healing properties for centuries now and is obviously one of the home remedy to common cold and cough, so it isn’t surprising that it’s a part of lots of home remedies in India. Mix a little turmeric with warm water to make a smooth paste, and apply this mixture on your baby’s chest, forehead, and the soles of his feet. Wash it away after some time. The heat from the turmeric will help in diluting the mucus and allow it to ooze out easier.

4. Warm Mustard Oil Massage

Warm a cup of mustard oil with two cloves of garlic and a few kalonji seeds (Nigella sativa). Massage this infused oil onto your baby’s feet, chest, back, and palms. Wipe away the excess oil with a muslin cloth.

Home Remedies Suitable for Babies of Ages 9 Months and Above

5. Jaggery, Cumin, Black Pepper, and Warm Water Concoction

This concoction can calm colds and a cough and sore throat.
You will need the following ingredients:

  • Jaggery– 1 or 2 tsp.
  • Black pepper – 1 to 2
  • Cumin seeds – a pinch
  • Water– 1 cup

Mix all the ingredients and bring the water to a boil. Cool and filter the water to be fed. Do not give the baby more than two teaspoons of this concoction as the jaggery and pepper contain heat, which is only good for young babies in small proportions.

6. Infused Coconut Oil Massage

You will need the following ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 1 pearl onion
  • 2 to 3 tulsi leaves
  • 1 betel stem

Heat the coconut oil and add the other ingredients to it. When the ingredients are warm enough, switch off the stove. Let it cool, and once the oil has reached a lukewarm temperature, apply it on the baby’s chest, back, the soles of his feet, and his palms.

Note: Though the common practice is to add a pinch of camphor to this oil, it is not advised to use camphor for children under two years of age. Research says that camphor is too strong and pungent, and will lead to the creation of more mucus. This is the body’s way of shielding itself from pungent smells.

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