Home Remedies for Children’s Colds and cough

Cold brings with it a runny nose, nose congestion, sneezing, cough and at times a mild rise in the body temperature.

1,Panikoorka

A fleshy perennial plant, widely found in South India called panikoorka is used for treating cough, fever, sore throat and congestion in babies.Its a natural anti pyretic and expectorant. The fleshy aromatic leaves are wilted on the stove top, cooled and then put on the baby’s forehead. The leaves dry up indicating the absorption of water relieving the baby from cough/congestion.Also take juice given to babies mixed with thulasi juice and honey.

2.Honey

Honey coats and soothes the throat and helps tame a cough. A few small studies suggest honey can ease coughing and help children sleep better overnight.Give your child 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of honey mix with hot water and a squeeze of lemon, which adds a little vitamin C.Because honey is sticky, have your child brush his teeth after he takes it, especially if you give it to him at bedtime.

Cautions:

Never give honey to a baby younger than 1 year old. In rare cases, it can cause infant botulism, a dangerous and sometimes fatal illness.

3.Try to keep your baby’s head in an elevated position when he or she sleeps. This helps to facilitate proper breathing. Also remove anything from his crib, cot or mattress that may affect his breathing.

4.Take a glass of water and add a small pinch of ajwain, carom or cumin/jeera to it. Wait for the water to boil. Cool the water and use it.This water is also good for cough

5.Take ajwain and warmed up using a tawa. Then tied in a cloth and used for smelling .Application of this potli to chest after heating in tawa help to reduce cough and clearing the chest. Always do a temperature check prior to application. You can place it on your palm or the inside of your wrist, check for the temperature and rub it on with the slight heat.

 

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