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Home Remedies for Cough and Cold in Babies, Toddlers & Kids

Cough and Cold can be a very common thing which often affect babies and little ones.It is not a thing which you have to be worried about too much, since it is common for all kids to get cold and cough. But when it gets little worse, little ones may get uncomfortable and find it difficult to sleep, hence they will be keeping on whining and we will be finding hard to see them suffering. Here are few home remedies which i followed for maha and they have no side effects.
source: http://www.top10homeremedies.com/home-remedies/home-remedies-for-colds-and-coughs-in-babies.html
 For Babies Below 6 month:

1)Breast Milk is the Magic:

You can give as much breast milk for baby. Yes this is the miracle medicine. I have read it in a article that, Since baby has very very low immunity power, when your baby sucks your breast the saliva from the baby goes into your body and the hormones from mothers body identify the diseases and illness in babies and send the immunity power from mothers to baby in the form of breast milk..So even when your baby is ill, you can continue with breast milk and it will help baby to recover.

2)Vapor Rubs:

You can take some vapor rubs like eucalyptus or vicks and rub over babies clothes, cradles and beds. This will help them to breathe much more easily. Dont rub them over their body or face.

3)Nasal Drops and Cold Medicines:

I am sure you all will be having all the medicines for your baby. One of the most effective medicine is nasal drops. SO if you dont have one, just ask your pediatrician for it. If your baby has severe blocked nose, you can use the nasal drops, a drop or two, will help your baby relieved.

4)Clothes are must:

Dont keep your babies chest exposed. Cover it with clothes.

5)Sleeping and Ventilation:

Dont put baby under direct fan, because they may find it difficult in breathing. But never make baby sweat, it will make the condition even worse..So proper ventilation is must.  Also when sleeping, make baby face elevated for easy breathing.

6)Manjal (Turmeric Pathu)

There is a turmeric called as veral manjal / virali manjal , it is a long type of manjal. And this is roasted on flame till it blackens a little. Then it is rubbed in a stone with some mothers milk / breast milk and the paste is applied over babies nose, forehead and chest. Some people will just rub raw turmeric without toasting it in flame. You can use that as well. You can use this for new born babies as well.
This is what the virali turmeric looks like..Source: rss online

ALSO CHECK HOME REMEDIES FOR CONSTIPATION IN BABIES




For Babies above 6 months:


You can follow the above steps for babies under 6 months too.


1) You make the ajwain potlis. You can place this near baby nose, but not too close..Babies will inhale this and it will help to breathe easily..here is the process.

take ajwain in a dry pan
warm it slightly and toast it lightly


take it in a clean muslin cloth and let it cool down


now bring it all together 


and tie it with a rope..this is ajwain potli..

2) Warm Water for Speedy Recovery:


Give luke warm water often, this will help to reduce the congestion in throat.


3)Manjal (Turmeric Pathu)


There is a turmeric called as veral manjal or virali manjal, it is a long type of manjal. And this is roasted on flame till it blackens a little. Then it is rubbed in a stone with some mothers milk / breast milk and the paste is applied over babies nose, forehead and chest. Some people will just rub raw turmeric without toasting it in flame. You can use that as well. You can use this for new born babies as well. 


For details , Check this blog it has details with pictures. 



IMG SOURCE: Chitra Amma's Kitchen

For Babies above 1 year:


1)Power of Garlic:


Take 3 to 4 garlic, show them on flame and roast it, you can dry roast it as well. Now mash it well using your fingers and mix with honey or sugar and give to toddler. 


2) Homemade Cold Medicine:


Take some turmeric(homemade is best) and rock palm sugar (panangkarkandu) with some milk and boil it for 5 mins. Let it cool down and get warm. Now give this, it helps to clear congestion.


3)Honey & Lemon Juice:


Mix a tsp of honey with a tsp of lemon juice and give this to baby. It helps to clear the throat.


4)Karpooravalli / Ajwain Leaves Decotion.




Take three to four ajwain leaves (omavalli leaves), Add 1/2 cup of water and boil it down till it reaches 3 tblspn, mix some honey to it and give this. It clears cough and cold. For toddlers who wont drink this, You can make bajji using this and give to toddler as well. Check this for recipe.



Source: http://www.bumpsnbaby.com/ajwain-cold-cough-babies/

For Babies above 2 years:


1) Medicinal Drinks:


You can make this chukku milagu paal and chukku kaapi

2)Betal Leaves & Vapor Rub:


Take a betal leaf and warm it on stove top lightly, now put very little vapor rub on it like vicks. Now rub that over the head. This helps to cure.

3)Ajwain & Tulsi:

Boil 1/2 cup of water with 1/2 tsp of ajwain and 5 tulsi leaves. Boil this till it reaches 3 tblspn. Cool till it gets warm. Now give this.

4)Garlic & Mustard Oil.

Take 1 tblspn of mustard oil and boil 2 cloves of garlic in that. Now cool this and rub this oil on chest.

For Babies above 4 years:


1)Steaming helps:


Boil some water in a pan, add a bunch of neem leaves, few drops of eucalyptus oil. Ask little one to bend over the water and cover with a blanket and let them inhale the steam. This is a very effective medicine. You can repeat this 2 to 3 times a day for fast relief.

2)Rock Palm Candy & Pepper Powder:

Make a powder of 1/2 cup of panangkarkandu and 2 tsp of black pepper. You can give a tsp of this powder along with 1/2 cup of warm water. This helps to reduce congestion.


source: http://www.pinkandpink.com/2015/09/natural-sugar-substitute-natural-sweeteners-natural-healthy-sugar-alternatives.html

3)Chicken Soup for Soul:

Chicken soup is such a hearty remedy for cold and cough in older children and adults. Check this link for recipe.


Here is some more remedy which i got from bumps and baby
IMG SOURCE: http://www.bumpsnbaby.com