Home remedies are the best alternative to any medicinal option. Home remedies are cheap, effective and every ingredient is available in your kitchen.
Having a messy kid & messy life means somethings get unnoticed every now and then which can lead to your kid or you suffering from some minor diseases like cold, cough, fever and such.
But there is no need to panic because your kitchen is full of items with medicinal properties.
In this last year and a half since I have become a parent, I have tried and tested home remedies that can help you & your kid live a drug-free & healthy life.
When we elders suffer from a minor cough/cold, fever, diarrhea etc our first option is to pop a pill for an instant relief. But can that be done with kids whose bodies are not ready for such harmful chemicals?
So, think twice before using a chemical induced medicine because they may help you instantly but they are harmful in a long run.
And if I have convinced you to change to home remedies then here are some of the proven kid-friendly home remedies that are worth a try:
Note: Everybody is different, something that worked amazingly good for me might not work at all for you and vice-versa.
Let’s start with top 3 tips to keep your kid healthy & away from germs.
- First and foremost thing that should be taken care of is that the child gets enough sleep throughout the day. If the child is tired all the time, their immune system gets affected and can’t fight off those bugs. Studies show that one out of every three kids doesn’t get proper sleep. Ideal sleeping hours for babies are:
- Babies should be sleeping for 18 hours a day.
- Toddlers should be sleeping for 12-14 hours a day
- 5+-year-olds should be sleeping for 10-11 hours a day.
- The second thing that is very important is that the baby should be cleaning their hands properly and frequently. Almost all the infections, diseases are spread through touch which commonly includes cough/cold and fever.
- Alcohol-based wipes or sanitizers are best options when you are on the go. (Want to know which wipes I use when I am on the go? Check out our reviews of baby wipes, toothpaste, and more.)
- The third tip is cleanliness. Once someone in the family gets infected, make sure you are extra careful about cleaning. It’s a challenge for moms I know but viruses can live up to approximately 2 hours once touched by an infected person. So kindly keep disinfectant handy. (Mommy Jugaad *wink*)
Before discussing the home remedies, let’s see what are the most common issues that babies face these days:
- Lower fevers
- Gastric issues/stomachache
Below are the home remedies for cold, home remedies for a cough and much more.
Home Remedies for Cough/cold
- Clean the mucus frequently using a nasal aspirator (can be used since day one). This would help them breathe better and keep them relaxed.
- Children of age 1 or above can have honey. It is considered to be better than cough medicines. Few drops of Ginger juice can be added to honey to give them relief from a sore throat.
- Soups can be helpful to them as it has anti-inflammatory properties. Also, warm liquids thin out the mucus which makes it easier to cough up.
- Saline spray should be your option when you are on the go. Helps soothe the baby quite easily for short time.
- Dry roast ajwain (carom), crushed garlic pod and dry ginger powder for 30-40 seconds take it off the flame and add crushed camphor and 2-3 drops of eucalyptus oil to it. Mix and tie it up in a piece of thin cotton cloth. Tie this in the baby’s neck, the smell and ingredients would help baby be at ease and relieve cold. This can be changed on alternate days.
- A dollop of vaporub can be added to hot water and kept somewhere in the closed room to help kids be at ease. This would steam up the room and baby would feel good.
- Rub vaporub on the feet of baby and put on the socks. Best way to beat cold/cough.
- Turmeric is the best if baby intakes it in cough/cold. it can be added to warm water or warm milk, however, the baby likes.
Home Remedies for Low Fevers:
- Onion has many medicinal properties. It can rapidly bring the body temperature down to normal. Simply cut thin slices of onion and run them on the feet (can be done twice a day and see the magic.)
- Add ginger powder in warm water and give a bath to the baby with that water. (make sure to keep it away from eye contact). It would help body sweat and flushes out toxins which would lead the body to normal temperature.
- Massage your baby with garlic infused the warm mustard oil. It effectively reduces the temperature also helps baby to get rid of body ache. It can be rubbed on the chest, back, feet, palms, and neck before bedtime.
- Frequent breastfeeding. As we all know how good breast milk is for babies. It helps strengthen immunity hence they will get well soon.
Home Remedies for Earaches
- Warm olive oil can help babies get rid of an earache. Simply put 2-3 drops of it in the affected ear and secure it with a cotton swab.
- A washcloth dipped and drained in hot water can be gently pressed against the ear, this would help them get relief from pain. This is known as hot compression.
Home Remedies for Gastric issues/stomachache
- Add 2 tbsp of fennel seeds to 1 glass of water and bring it to boil. Let it cool down and strain the water. Give it to the baby in small quantity frequently.
- Massage the baby with gentle circular motions around navel using your thumbs to get rid of all the gastric issues for babies. This would be a boon to you if your baby is colicky.
- Dry roast asafoetida and add water to it to make a thick paste of it. Just apply the warm mixture around the baby’s navel. See your baby getting relaxed in just a few seconds. (parents can try this remedy for themselves too.)
Home Remedies for Diarrhea
- WHO ORS must be given at regular intervals to baby to avoid dehydration.
- Give loads of liquids to keep the baby well hydrated.
- Make sure the baby eats bland food. No oil/butter/spices should be used in baby’s food.
- Give more and more of curd, buttermilk, hung curd, etc to your kids.
- Sago water can be given to baby which is too high in starch and would help baby get a relief from motions. Soak hand full of sago for like 15-20 mins. Add half a glass of water to it and bring it to boil. It would turn in a thick white paste. Give one tbsp at regular intervals. (Recommended dosage: 3-4 times a day)
- A pinch of nutmeg powder can be added to 1 tbsp of breast milk or GM or curd and given to the baby. It helps baby to get rid of diarrhea. (Recommended dosage: twice a day).
Home remedies have been a blessing to my family and especially since baby Y came along.
I hope these home remedies can help you & your baby through some tough times.
Let us know which ones worked for you and you can also share some of the home remedies that are your secret weapons.