Home Remedies for Runny Nose in Babies


How to Ease Baby’s Congestion Naturally?

Is your baby’s runny nose and common cold upsetting you?
Cold can be quite disturbing for your baby, especially at this tender age. It might make your baby’s eyes watery and red. It is always better to start home remedies as soon as you see the early signs of common cold. So what can you give a toddler/baby for a runny nose or congested chest which is safe and still effective?

In this article, we are going to talk about a number of safe home remedies for a runny nose, sneezing and congested chest that is going to gently cure all symptoms associated with the common cold. These Indian home remedies for cold for kids and pregnant women have been in use for ages and they have always produced the best results.

Please note that most of the ingredients in oral remedies below are suitable for babies older than 6 months. Also, some of the ingredients like Jaggery/sugar/honey are forbidden for babies below 1- year- old. Please read all the notes carefully. The remedies for younger children for cold can be used for older children (but not vice-versa).

Natural Remedies for Runny Nose and Sneezing in Baby and Infants

Remedies For below 6 months old Babies and Infants

• Warm some coconut oil and camphor oil and then apply it in all parts of the baby’s body each and every night. This helps to bring quick infant runny nose relief for your baby. (Note: Do a small patch test before you apply in larger areas of body)
• Try giving some steam to the baby at home; this is going to remove the symptoms of cold without any medication.
• Heat small portions of mustard oil with garlic, celery seeds and asafoetida; then add some camphor oil with the mixture and then massage this on the baby’s body two times a day.
• Put some roasted ajwain or celery seeds in a wrapped cloth and gently heat it for some time. Press the cloth lightly on the baby’s chest numerous times a day for clearing out the cold.
• Take few spoons of flax seeds and celery seeds (ajwain) and then put them all in a small cotton cloth. Tie the cloth and rub it on a hot frying pan. Make sure that the cloth does not get too hot. Press the warm cloth in gentle movements on the chest and back of the baby.

The chest warming remedies and massages mentioned above are very beneficial relieving your baby’s congested chest

Remedies for Babies older than 6 months

(NOTE: Use breast milk for babies younger than 1 year old, do not use jaggery for babies younger than 1 year old.)
• Administer a very small pinch of nutmeg powder with a spoon of milk.
• Boil some water in a pot and then add some mint leaves, basil leaves, a little pepper, ginger and jaggery (gur) till the water boils to a point to leave only about 3/4th of original quantity. Now let this solution cool down and administer this to the baby every night.
• Combine 1/4th tbsp of turmeric powder, dates and 1/4th tbsp of celery seeds (ajwain) and boil them all with milk. Cool it down and administer it to the baby.

Remedies for Infants older than 1 Year old

• Take 2 adusla leaves, a small portion of celery seeds, about 3/4th of liquorice and 1 behda and combine them in water. Boil this for about 10 minutes, then add honey and finally let it cool. Administer this water to the baby. All of these ingredients can be obtained easily from an ayurvedic shop. Also make sure to apply a little bit of warm ghee on the baby’s nose so that the nosal mucus gets out easily.
• Add cinnamon powder, lime juice and honey in some lukewarm water. Cool it down and give it to the baby in small quantities to cure toddler runny nose and cough.
• Add ginger juice to one cup of water, boil it for 5-10 mins on low flame. Turn off the heat and cool it down. Add one table spoon of honey. Administer this simple natural cold syrup on tip of the baby’s tongue.
• Take half tbsp honey and mix it with a small pinch of the powder made of big cardamom (big elaichi), small cardamom (small elaichi), cloves (laung) and fennel seeds (saunf) . Give one tea spoon of this syrup 3 times a day.
Same remedies can be used to treat runny nose and common cold during pregnancy.

Home Remedies are meant to cure your health issues slowly without any side effect. Every parent should consider the home remedies for cold and cough in babies before reaching out for the OTC (Over The Counter) Medicines. But the home remedies cannot replace a medical practitioner’s advice and treatment. If the cold and cough persist for more than 10 days, be prepared to get an expert consultation. If the infection is serious, the doctor may prescribe an X-ray or/and a blood test of the baby.

Having home remedies handy for very early signs is beneficial but if your child is having persistent runny nose or cold take your child to her doctor and then you may continue the home remedies with doctor’s advice.


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An IT professional, a mom of two, Sapana had belly-only pregnancies in her life & has lost 15Kg weight twice. Along with fitness, Sapana is an expert in Indian names & has helped scores of Indian parents to shortlist suitable baby names by virtue of her years of expertise in Sanskrit origin names & logical approach towards cultures & trends during the name research. Drop a comment to get help from her.


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    I usually use my mom’s home remedy to ease the runny nose in babies of more than 07 months. Steam panikoorka leaves and extract its juice, give 1/2 teaspoon to the baby. it is really effective. These suggestions are also good. Thanks.

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    Great home remedies but I only use cinnamon powder with luke warm water. Though it provides relief, I was wondering, can lime juice and honey provides better effect.? Also, these remedies takes time to cure. Which is helpful in providing good result in less time?

    • Sapana

      Honey is forbidden for babies below 1 year. So you may try Honey+Lemon for child above 1 year old. Home remedies do take time to show effects but if you want quick relief then the nasal drops/sprays are best. You must get them prescribed by doctor. Please note, you should not use the left over drops from opened bottle without consultation as the reason and type of the cold may vary and hence the medicines too.

    • Sapana

      If your child is having Stomach Upset and Sneezing together then you must see your baby’s doctor. Home remedies are for mild infection or as supplementary treatment, we can not rely on them as only treatment.

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    Emily Watson on

    Hi Sapana,

    The article is really nice. My baby is just 06 month old and he is suffering from cold. You have given so many options, I am really confuse which will be the best for him. Also, tell me what precautions should I take during this period.

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    Is cinnamon fine for 10 months old baby? He is suffering form runny nose. If not, please suggest good home remedy for cold.

    • Sapana

      Hi Sushma,

      Cinnamon in small quantity is ok for a 10 months old baby. But if the runny nose is not getting cured for more than 2 days then you should consult the doctor.
      Also please remember, according to ayurveda, the Indian spices induce body heat and as it is summer you should use it carefully.

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    I have heard that lime juice and honey is good for cold. Does this home remedy work in runny nose as well? My kids is 1.2 years old and suffering from runny nose. Please suggest

    • Sapana

      Hi Dhristi,
      The Lemon Juice + Honey improves immunity basically. So its good to avoid the cold and cough. But as a remedy, only honey is good as Lemon being acidic n citric in nature worsen the cough. Also As your baby is 1.2yrs old, you can start honey but start with a little amount.

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