Treat your infant with Home Remedies For Baby Cough And Cold
Being a mommy is a daunting task. From struggling to cope up with the post-pregnancy tiredness and weakness to trying to keep your baby happy and healthy, motherhood takes a woman to roller coaster ride. It takes times for your kids immune to build up, thus making them susceptible to viral infection. As per the study, your child is believed to get 8 colds within their first birthday. But no matter how hard we try, saving your infant from cold and flu is inevitable.
Cold and flu are the viral infections and hence it is best to be treated naturally. Most of the mother is unable to see her child suffering and end up giving them the over the counter medicine.
My daughter got her first cold within the first week after she was born. As a new mother, tiredness and lack of sleep exhausted me to an extent that it took a toll on my thinking ability. I started giving her the medicine prescribed by her pediatric. They worked for a while but the cold always reoccurred.
It took me months to realize that I am doing more harm than good and that was when I moved towards naturopathy. After I started using natural home remedies for
I will be sharing those grandmother home remedies for baby cough and cold that have been used since the ages however now somewhere getting lost due to our busy lives and easily accessible medicines.
Points to consider when your infant is suffering from Cold and Cough
- Try one remedy at a time to check if your baby is allergic to particular ingredients
- Your baby can be cranky and might cry when suffering from cold. Remember its ok for them to cry. Stay calm and do not get panic. Hold your child on your chest and pat his back slowly.
- Never neglect cold or a cough, this could lead to more serious problems like pneumonia
- Consult the doctor if the mucus discharge is green in color or if
your infant has a high fever
8 Amazing Home Remedies For Babies Cold And Cough
Create a steamy room
Switch on the steam inhaler. Once it is comes to boil, take your baby in your arm and cover yourself in a blanket. Make sure that you don’t give steam therapy for a long time. If the steam inhaler is not available, you can also use hot water bucket. Place the bucket beside your bed and cover yourself along with your baby.
This is the most effective remedy that worked really well for babies as well as adults..
How does it work?
When suffering from cold and cough, the blood vessel of sinuses gets swollen. While taking steam,warm, moist vapor gets into the nose, it eases the swollen and irritation of the blood vessel. It also thins the mucus in the sinuses which allows them to empty more easily.
A study indicated that children suffering from certain respiratory disorder showed a significant improvement with steam therapy.
- Avoid giving the steam if your child is suffering from fever.
- Don’t leave your baby unattended while giving steam
Massage your baby with Mustard oil infused with garlic and carom seeds
Heat the mustard oil in a low flame. Add garlic and carom seeds and let it heat for some time. Make sure that the garlic doesn’t burn. Switch off the flame and let it cool.
When the oil is lukewarm, massage the oil on the baby’s chest, back and feet. Wipe away extra oil using a muslin cloth
How does it work?
The benefit of mustard oil needs no introduction. The antimicrobial property of mustard oil helps in fighting various pathogenic organisms. It is effective in breaking the mucous and relieves congestion. As per Ayurveda, garlic and carom seeds generate heat in the body that helps in curing cough.
- Check the temperature of oil before applying it on the baby
- Test a small batch of oil on one part of
bodyto rule out any possibility of allergy.
Hydrate your baby well
Nothing works better than a mother’s milk. Various studies testify that babies who are breast feed for 2 years has fewer chances of falling sick. If your baby is suffering from cold, breastfeed your child more frequently holding his or her head slightly elevated.
How does it Work?
There are many antibodies that are abundantly found in breast milk including immunoglobulin A (IgA), immunoglobulin D (IgD), immunoglobulin E (IgE), IgG, and immunoglobulin M (IgM). These antibodies are called as passive antibodies as they are obtained from mother’s milk. Out of all the antibodies, IgG constitutes 70% to 85% of the entire antibody in the body. IgG helps in fighting against viral and bacterial infection.
Whereas IgA protects the body from the disease caused by the foreign organism and substance
Needless to say, when your child is suffering from cold, they need proper rest to recover. Ideally, baby needs 18hrs of sleep while toddlers and kids
Apply mustard oil in nails and feet
This is another remedy shared by my grandmother that works miraculously for cold and cough. Warm 2 spoon of mustard oil. Massage the oil on nails of feet and cover it with socks. This practice can be practiced as precautionary measure throughout the winter season as it keeps the body warm.
Use Garlic and Ajwain( Carom seeds) as Heating pad or as an inhaler
By now, we all know the benefits of garlic. I am sure most
Check the temperature of the bundle before applying it on the chest.
Always trust your instinct. Observe your child. Check which remedies work for your child and keep a note of it. So that next time when your child suffers from a cough or cold, you can use these home remedies for