General Cough and Cold Home Remedies For Kids
With more than 200 viruses floating around, it’s no surprise that cough and cold is so common in kids. Especially during seasonal change, every second child is seen suffering from the same.
As parents it’s tough to see our kids constantly sneezing and wheezing. The discomfort due to blocked nose or congestion leaves the child unable to eat or sleep properly. As a result, the child is always cranky and sometimes clingy.
I often resort to home remedies to treat general cough and cold for my kids. When A&A started schooling, cough and cold were like a biweekly affair. Resorting to OTC medicines or antibiotics everytime did not look like a feasible option.
Home remedies are quite common in India. They are considered to be safer and a better alternative to meds and antibiotics. They donot cost a lot and help make kids feel better instantly .
Here are some simple home remedies for kids to treat general cold and cough –
1 Garlic & Ajwain Pouch
Both Garlic and Ajwain have antibacterial properties. Just take 1 or 2 garlic stoves and a spoonful of Ajwain, dry roast them, let it cool and put it a muslin cloth (& tie it tight). Keep the pouch near the baby’s pillow ( at a safe distance). The smell of garlic and Ajwain helps to soothe the child suffering from blocked nose. I sometimes also rub the pouch on my kid’s feet and it helps.
2. Turmeric Rub
Turmeric is known for its multiple health benefits. Prefer using a dry turmeric stick, char it and make a paste with warm water. Rub it on the baby’s chest. It helps to soothe the congestion.
Steam works wonder in cold. Just add a bit of turmeric in the water (used for steaming) and it’s all the more effective. Be careful while giving steam and place the child at a safe distance of using a steamer.
4. Honey and Ginger
Dry roast ginger, squeeze its juice and mix it with warm honey. Give one spoon to the child and it’s truly effective in treating dry cough. PLEASE NOTE – Use this only for kids above 1 year of age. Honey shouldn’t be given to kids less than one year.
5. Tulsi leaves and Ginger
Basil leaves can fight off a range of infections. Take one cup of water, add tulsi leaves and a small piece of ginger. Boil the mixture on slow heat, till the quantity becomes half. Give a spoon or two to the kids twice a day
6. Mustard Oil Mix with Garlic and Ajwain
Heat one fourth cup of Mustard oil. Add 2 cloves of crushed garlic and ajwain. Take it off the stove once it turns brown. Massage this oil on baby’s chest and under the feet. It helps soothe the congestion.
7. Lemon Juice Mixed With Honey
Lemon contains vitamin C which is known to strengthen the immunity. In a cup, just mix lemon juice along with honey. Add some water and feed your baby.
8. Concoction of Lemon, Honey and Cinnamon
Mix the three- lemon juice, honey and cinnaman powder and heat it a bit. Feed the same to the baby and see quick and effective results.
This is more appropriate for older kids (3 years or above). Make the child gargle warm water or salt water twice or thrice a day. This helps provide quick relief to the sore throat and cough.
10. Turmeric Milk
Everyone has heard of ‘haldi doodh’ and it’s benefits. This particularly helps in dry cough. Just give your child a glass of warm milk with a pinch of turmeric at night. You can also add jaggery for sweetness.
General Precautions You Must Take –
1 Ensure that the child is not allergic to any ingredients that you use in your home remedy.
2. Remember to give an age appropriate remedy. A one year old child would not be able to gargle.
3. Check the temperature of the rub or mixture you give to the kid. It should be warm, not too hot.
4. Ensure the child is well hydrated.
5. Consult your doctor, in case of any doubt.
Do you prefer home remedies for kids? What is that one home remedy that always works for you?
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