Cough and Cold?
My 7-month-old daughter had a terrible
cough a while ago. I applied turmeric paste on her forehead, and then I
applied Vicks to some warm paan (beetel leaves), and placed it on her chest.
I did this around three to four times a day, for around fifteen minutes
at a time. It worked like magic!
My baby is almost 2 years old now.
Since the day she was born, whenever she would suffer from a cold or from
colic, I would give her a spoon of turmeric powder with a little warm water.
Her cold would completely dry out within a couple of days. Also I breastfed
her till she turned 1.5 yrs. I strongly believe that because of this, her
immunity is high and she has had rare incidents of colic and cold. Babies
build their resistance in the first few years. If they are fed antibiotics
during this time, it can hamper their natural resistance building process.
Hence, use home remedies as much as possible.
For mild coughs, I find that a small
amount of milk (1/4 cup) warmed, to which a little salt and a teaspoon
of turmeric has been added, helps. It tastes foul, but the results are
To get rid of your child's cough,
wrap some Aniseed (ajwain) in a piece of cloth and make it into a ball.
Heat the ball of cloth with an iron or 'tawa' and place it gently on your
child's chest. Move it back and forth. Make sure the cloth isn't so hot,
that it would burn your baby's skin! Your child will feel better. Do this
for two days, and you will see results. Another tip is to crush tulsi paan
and add a few drops of honey to this paste. Feed it to your baby. I have
tried this on my ten-month-old son, and it really works! You can also give
your child some hot milk mixed with a pinch of turmeric to drink. This
will sooth your child's throat.
This really works for babies, below
a year old. If your baby has a severe cough, try this: Take the juice of
one adusol leaf, mixed with the juice of 5 to 6 tulsi leaves. Add ajwain
powder and feed this mixture to your baby for two days. It is an excellent
If you are hesitant about feeding
your baby any of these home remedies, try this: To a pinch of saffron add
a few drops of water and grind. Apply this paste on your child's forehead,
chest, back, hands and soles of feet.
I have used this effective remedy
for my 14 month old when he had a cold.
If you have cough/congestion, add
a tablespoon of honey and the juice of half a lemon to a glass of warm
water. Drink up, the first thing in the morning. Kids should take a teaspoon
of honey. Whenever my 4 year old has a cough, I give her ginger juice and
honey and then some warm milk. It really helps. Humidifiers help too, but
if you don't have one, place a wide pot filled with water in your child's
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