Safe and Effective Remedies for Cold/Cough in Babies
Is your baby suffering from Common cold and cough?
Are you looking for some safe Ayurvedic home treatment for your baby?
Let us see some effective and safe Indian home remedies for common cold and cough in babies.
It is very common that babies catch cold in early months of their lives. You will be told many home remedies by elders around you, as in India we first try home remedies when baby is suffering from cough and/or cold. Doctors try to avoid medications for below 6 months babies for cold due its side effects. In India Ayurveda has given us some real effective and safe home remedies.
NOTE: If your baby is suffering from cold/cough for more than 2-3 days, consult a doctor and do not try any medicines without consultation for babies below 6 months of age as it can be harmful.
Cold and Cough Home Remedies for babies below 6 months:
1. Breast milk and Sleep
Breast Milk has got the power to drive away the bacteria and viruses from your baby’s body. It provides immunity from various other germs too. Increase the frequency of breastfeeding as it comforts baby. Sometime when baby has congestion they get irritated while breastfeeding as they cant breath while sucking the milk. In such case calm your baby first then feed in a comfortable position like supporting baby to elevate baby’s back so to help easy breathing.
Let baby sleep as much as possible. Resting helps cure cold quicker.
2. Warm Ajwain/Carom Seeds compresses
Carrom seeds or Ajwain is also known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties.
To cure cough of your little one;
1. In a piece of a cotton cloth wrap some ajwain seeds and make a potli (ball),
2. Heat a flat pan or tawa and warm the potli with it and gently place it on your baby’s chest, covering the whole chest.
Just make sure that the cloth doesn’t get too hot or else can burn the sensitive skin of your baby. For best results continue this for about 2-3 days. The smell of warm ajwain from potli will help reduce congestion in baby.
3. Steamy Air/ Humidifier
Steam helps to reduce the cough so you can bath your baby in a steamy bathroom or just put on the hot, shower and let her relax and experience the steamy air for some time. Use humidifier at night especially if its winter and air is dry in winters.
1. Roast 1 tbsp of ajwain and 2 dry big cloves of garlic on a tawa.
2. Remove from tawa and let it cool down and then keep it into a soft, clean cotton cloth and make a small pouch or potli of it
3. Place it near your baby when she is sleeping.
The smell of garlic and ajwain will ease your baby from congestion and would also help to open her blocked nose. Garlic again has the antibacterial and antiviral properties.
1. Keep Hands Sanitized
To prevent the germs to spread, always keep your and baby’s hand clean. Keep a sanitizer near baby’s bed and you use it before touching baby. For baby’s hands use gentle antibacterial baby wipes at a regular intervals.
2. Keep baby’s head elevated when she is sleeping
Always keep your baby’s head elevated whenever she is sleeping so that it becomes easy for her to breathe well and helps in taking complete rest and getting well soon.
3. Keep Baby warm
Always keep the chest of your baby covered during cold and make sure to keep them warm all the time to prevent them from getting sick.
Remedies for Babies Older than 6 Months
Along with the above remedies there are some more home remedies which can be used for babies above 6 months of age:
1. Warm Water
Feed your baby with warm water at regular intervals to keep her well hydrated. You can even try boiled cumin or ajwain water too. Add one teaspoon ajwain to 1 liter water and bring it to boil. Cool it down and store and feed it warm.
2. Lady Finger/Okra
1. Cut one lady finger into small pieces
2. Boil a cup of water and steam the lady finger for about 10 mins
3. Serve your baby in small amounts after coming to room temperature.
Lady finger does the probiotic effect on their bodies and removes mucus and bacteria and also cures throat irritation.
3. Eucalyptus or Nilgiri
Make your baby inhale the fumes of eucalyptus oil for few minutes. It immediately removes the nasal blockages and eases your baby to breath. You can even drop few drops of oil on the bed or the pillow on which your baby would sleep. It is also very effective in curing cough, chest congestion and cold in babies.
Apply vaporub on chest, throat, and back and under the feet of your baby while sleeping and make them sleep in a warm place.
5. Warm soup
Feed your baby with warm soups like tomato and garlic soup, vegetable soup or chicken soup so that it will help in increasing the immunity of your baby’s body.
6. Turmeric milk
1. Take a cup of milk in a vessel
2. Add a pinch of turmeric to it and mix it well, then boil the milk.
3. Remove it from heat and let it cool down a bit (keep it warm as your baby is able to drink) and feed your baby. Turmeric milk soothes the throat and relaxes your baby.
7. Tulsi/Holy Basil
1. Take some tulsi leaves and crush them making the paste
2. Add some honey to the paste and feed your baby
This would also help in curing cold and cough of your baby. You may boil tulsi leaves and then add honey to it if baby refuses paste form.
Remedies for babies above 1 year
Along with the above remedies there are few remedies which can be more effective on babies above 1 year of age:
1.Ginger coffee or kaadha
1. Boil a 1 cup of water and add 1 cloves, 1 cardamom, 1 pepper pods, 2-3 tulsi leaves and 2 slices of ginger to it
2. Boil for about 5 more minutes and strain.
This works like magic and gives a quick relief from cough and cold.
Squeeze half lemon and add few drops of honey. Mix it well and feed it to your baby by adding sufficient amount of water to it. Lemon also has got antiseptic and antibacterial properties and contains high amount of vitamin C which increases the immunity and cures cold too. I have experienced that lemon juice in fact worsens cold/cough due to its sourness. Still its a popular home remedy and surely the high vit C is healthy.
Some home remedies for cold use heat inducing ingredients e.g. ginger, cloves, tulsi, turmeric. In case of such remedies, start in a small amount and increase the dose little by little. If you see baby’s body heat is increase then reduce the dose.
Always consult your doctor if the cold or cough persists for more than 2 days or if baby has fever.
Home remedies for common cold and cough in babies are effective but cannot replace medical consultation.