A sneezing and coughing baby is a worrisome sight for a parent. Infants are often affected by cold and cough and it is usually not advisable to give them strong antibiotics. There are certain home remedies which can be tried before giving kind of strong medications.
Mustard oil has many medicinal and antibacterial properties. Its warming effect helps in relieving congestion in kids. It is a very safe and effective way to treat cough.
Warm mustard oil with garlic in it is an effective rub which can be massaged on to the baby’s chest and also on the soul of their feet. This gives them the warmth and helps induce sleep which helps the infant recover faster from cough and cold.
Honey and ginger juice is an effective remedy for cough and cold. Half a teaspoon of ginger and honey can soothe the throat and comfort the child. Both ginger and honey have antibacterial properties which can help alleviate the cough.
Water boiled with ajwain is a good tonic for cough. Roasted ajwain tied in a cloth when placed on baby’s chest can give relief to the baby.
Inhaling steam helps in decongestion and reliefs the child from breathlessness during sleep. Steam helps loosen the phlegm which is accumulated inside the chest and causes discomfort. Steam can be given to child in a steamy bathroom. Steam can be created by filling a bucket with hot water in a closed bathroom.
Finely Grinded nutmeg seeds mixed with water when placed on baby’s chest is known to give warmth to her.
Saline drops are known to be very effective when you want to clear the nose of the infant. Bulb syringes can be used if the blocked nose causes inconvenience and hinders with feeding the baby. Nose can be cleared fifteen or twenty minutes prior to the breastfeeding so that baby’s tummy is full.
Humidifiers fitted in the baby’s room will help maintain proper humidity which will prevent dryness and itchiness of the nose.
Keeping a child’s head elevated by placing pillows or towels under her head will help her breathe easy.
The child should be given lots of fluid to drink. Fluid helps prevent dehydration due to cough. Fluids like chicken soup and other warm liquids will soothe the throat and give strength to the baby to recover faster.
Breast milk will provide the baby with all the essential nutrients and will give the baby enough strength to fight cough and cold. During times of illness infant thrives on breast milk . Breast milk gives the required energy and comforts the child.
The baby needs plenty of rest to fight the infection. Good sleep can heal the baby faster and give her a fresh feeling. Good sleep, rest, proper feed and loads of care and love will finally rid your baby from the clutches of nagging cough and cold.