Indian Home Treatment For Toddlers to Cure Cough and Cold

3 month baby in cough and cold, how to  cure it by home remedy?

When your baby is suffering from cough and cold I wouldn’t suggest you to go for any nose drops, syrups or expectorants. In longer run medicines will give adverse effects on your baby’s immunity and also they won’t help your baby to survive from these ailments.

Many think giving antibiotics can help to recover from cold and Cough faster. Actually antibiotics pills can’t help to recover your baby from cold and cough either faster or prevent it getting worse. Cough and cold syrups don’t help in any way however they put your baby into sleep. But it is safe to prepare herbal based syrups at home which are non toxic and safe without any side effects. It is casual that children will have fever when they are suffering from cold. They also would suffer with low appetite and difficulty in sleeping. You can use few suggested syrups and homemade herbal fluids in this article for 3 to 5 days. In case you don’t find improvement then you can visit your family doctor for clinical medication.

If your baby is less than 3 months give a call to doctor for any sickness even if it is mild. If her temperature spikes above 100.4 degrees visit doctor immediately because child below 3 months shouldn’t have this much temperature. If child is in between 3 to 6 months having fever above 101 degrees is unusual. Call your doctor after 24 hours if you don’t find any improvement. If your baby is above 6 months and fever is more than 102 then you need to be worried about it. To reduce fever during cold  an excellent home preparation made by mixing 1 tsp of turmeric powder, ginger, raw onion juice, lemon grass, ½ a tsp of black pepper and 5-6 basil leaves juice, by consuming this syrup two times a day your baby can recover faster.

home made indian syrup to cure infants cough and flu in a natural way

Steam inhalation is ideal for the baby to have a relief from cold, running or blocked nose and chest congestion. For faster remedy add eucalyptus oil or Vicks to the water before you steam it. But never directly apply any balm or vapor rubs on baby’s skin. You can give hot water mix honey, ginger juice and turmeric to the baby. You can also heat mustard oil and add a pinch of powdered camphor, saffron and then apply this on baby’s fore head, neck, chest and foot. If mustard oil is not available you may also use olive oil for massaging.

mom massaging baby can improve health condition

At least one hour before or after baby consumes food you may give syrup made at home with basil leaves and beetle leaves juice extract with either honey or salt. If you want you can add turmeric to the syrup if baby has cough along with cold. At home you can make your own cough syrup naturally with ajwain seeds and honey. Powder one spoon of Ajwain seeds and add half cup of honey with 1 cup of boiled water. You can alter the amount of ingredients as per your baby’s choice of taste as well. You may also add one spoon of turmeric powder while you boil the water if your baby likes its taste. This syrup acts as an excellent expectorant for your baby.

I have here for you few Indian ancient remedies for effective home medicine for both cough and cold. Mix 1 spoon of raw onion juice with 1 ½ tea spoonful of honey. To stop whopping cough boil cow milk and add a pinch of black pepper and turmeric or else add equal amount of pepper and ginger to Bibhitaki powder (Terminalia bellirica) along with honey. You can purchase Bibhitaki powder in any ayurvedic pharmacy.

It is recommended to give baby breast milk since it has immune modulating elements and also it is easy to digest. Avoid giving garlic to the babies lesser than 6 or 8 months old as it enhances fire element in the body so high that baby will not be able to bare it. Give fluids as much as possible to thin out mucus and to flush out secretions from the body and also avoid dehydration. Because your baby breaths faster than usual when she is suffering from cough and cold. This would cause dehydration to her.

You may also watch your baby’s weigh as well. In case of excess weight loss etc consult a pediatrician immediately. It’s also very important for your baby to have solid sleep time to avoid irritation when she is fallen sick. Keep few small baby pillows under baby’s head so that your baby’s neck is high and she gets good sleep without any breath problems. Many Indian mothers agree that keeping an onion near baby’s head when she goes to sleep can improve her breath.

Avoid giving baby bath frequently when she has cold or cough. You can give sponge bath in either lukewarm or hot water to your baby to make her feel warm and fresh. But be careful that the water is enough warm that baby will not shiver feeling cold. If your baby shivers then her temperature would raise. Based on baby’s sleeping pattern you can understand about baby’s health condition. Good cuddle and good sleep can enhance baby’s capacity to fight with symptoms. In case baby is not having enough sleep then create an environment such that she will fall asleep with no difficulties. For example keep television or computer away from your baby’s bed room. Don’t place toys that child plays on the bed. Keep the room quite and clean. Dress your baby lightly before it goes to sleep so that she will not feel any discomfort to fall asleep. It is easy to use drugs for faster recovery but side effects are assured, hence better focus on natural remedies and help baby to heal herself.

Doctor’s visit is also essential however you being confident and observant towards your baby needs you can easily treat her health condition related to cold and flu etc.

Thanks to the PhD Dhawa doctor about this guest post

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How Do Indian Mothers Care for Infants

india mom and baby

Mother Child bond is very special experience for every women in her life. It’s very interesting to know wonderful tradition that Indian mothers follow from generations for baby’s sound health. Most of the women in India start breast-feeding 24 hours after infant delivery.

Best baby feeding practices in India:

Breast feeding practices vary from region to region. Generally Indian mothers breast feed babies till minimum 6 months or more and  later till 2 years they give non breast food or complimentary food like solids, semi solids, and soft foods to provide natural vitamins and proteins  along with breast milk. General homemade Indian baby foods such as Suji upma (rava upma), Suji kheer (rava kheer) with cow milk, Dalia (from broken wheat), Khichri (with moong dal/green gram), Rice Kheer with cow milk, Pumpkin Malagutal, Spinach Malagutal are considered to be nutritious and delicious. Apart from this they give smashed potatoes and apples etc. They also make varieties of porridge with finger millet, wheat vermicelli, sabudana (tapioca) etc. But many baby food manufacturing companies recommend using their products after 3 month in order to promote their products and to earn more in the business. However our grandmothers still preserve the old tradition encouraging mothers to give their breast milk.

Traditional baby bath practices in India:

Generally in western countries babies were bathed in kitchen sink. But India babies generally bathed in bath rooms. Mom, grand mom or midwife sits on the bath floor or on a very short stool with their legs outstretched in front and crossed at the ankles. The baby was put in mother’s lap legs near to thighs in order to bath them. A traditional oil massage rendered to the baby daily or alternate days in such a way that baby would do gentle exercises. While bathing the baby sometimes they sing songs too. Grandmothers believe that bathing baby before 9 am in the morning is auspicious.india mom and baby

Nowadays modern mothers in India use baby bath tub to make the baby’s bath easier and comfortable. Indian mothers prefer either not to use soap or use it for minimal. They generally use homemade herbal bath powder by grinding ingredients green grams, chickpeas, and horse gram in equal proportions for baby bath. They call it as  ‘Uptan’ . As per Indian tradition this powder promotes blood circulation and removes any toxins on the skin gently by not stripping the natural oils on the skin. Then warm oil massage regulates baby’s body temperature to normal. The same green gram powder is used for hair wash as well as instead shampoos. This green gram powder has cooling properties, hence if it is cold weather they either alter the ingredients or else add turmeric powder to it.

Indian mothers use various types of oils varying region to region for their babies massage. Ideally mothers start baby massage either from 11th day or 15th day after the baby birth few prefer after a month based on baby’s body constitution. The oils that they use for baby bath will increase baby’s appetite, enhances immunity, prevents bacterial infections and improves blood circulation for the baby. It’s very important to choose right oil for the baby massage to prevent clogged pores and also to maintain baby body temperature. In summer it is recommended to use coconut oil as it absorbs heat and cools body and also it has anti fungal effects. In winter they use mustard oil as it gives warmth to the baby body and also has healing properties. Sometimes they do add either ajwain or garlic to oil for baby massage as they have anti bacterial and anti fungal properties. Few mothers use either olive oil, almond oil or branded mineral based baby massage oils to moisture baby skin as they are rich in vitamin E. Care should be taken not to apply oil into the navel, nose and ears.

It is age-old tradition to apply homemade kajal with safe ingredients as such castor oil, sandalwood etc. Since it is very good coolant to the baby’s eyes however it is not advised to use kajal unless it is self prepared at home. To remove this kajal Indian mothers use homemade butter.

It is also good to put baby under the sun rays for few minutes while the sun is rising in order to get vitamin ‘D’ naturally. This is safe and also can either prevent or cure jaundice. All above mentioned practices are hygiene and safe without any chemicals and toxins, hence any families in India still practice them everyday.

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Managing Infectious Diseases in Childcare And Schools

Childhood infections are common than adult cases ostensibly because children tend to have more body contacts than adults. They play, eat and sleep together. Most of the time, they will be holding hands, pushing, rolling and even sharing items. This point of contact is a sure way of infecting each other with dangerous infectious diseases without their knowledge. After all, children are playful and in their innocence are not concerned about such risks as adults do. Think of children in pre-schools, kindergartens and boarding schools. This is where you will find the largest pool of 0 to 15 year olds School going children. Prevention is better than cure hence the need to know how to prevent and manage an infectious disease outbreak.

One of the commonest infectious diseases that would most likely occur is ring worm infection. This is a highly infectious disease that is cause by a worm infestation. A child with ringworm will scratch his head and will transfer the worms to his fingers. Through bodily contacts, he will infect others rapidly. Children tend to share clothes, so other children will get infected with ring worms when they come into contact with the clothes.

Managing infectious diseases in childcare and schools

Kids are easily get infectious diseases when in school, take below tips to lower your kids the chance to get a disease.

Hygiene for children is often compromised when they share and eat food with dirty hands. As a result, a child with an infectious disease will easily transfer germs to others. The same case applies to skin infections such as body rashes, boils and blisters and childhood diseases like measles. Children also tend to easily contract airborne diseases fast. As they may not be keen to use handkerchiefs or cover their mouths, a child with fever will most likely infect others with fever or flue. Managing infectious disease in children in childcare and schools therefore calls for an informed approach.

Though no form of managing infectious diseases in childcare and schools is 100% fool proof, basic safety measures may go a long way in preventing spread of a potentially infectious disease. Te following is a summary of various precautionary measures that should be undertaken:

Water source

If children share a common water source, the concerned school should ensure that the water is treated and safe. Children may contaminate the water if the source is not secured. It should therefore be well covered and secure. Water should also be treated for any harmful organisms.

Sharing

Children tend to share items. The school should ensure that the items are safe for sharing. This may be in the form of food, clothes and play things. Children in lower schools such as kindergartens tend to put play things in their mouths hence risk of infection. School authorities should ensure compliance with health and safety standards. Where children share cloth items, authorities should ensure that the clothes are free from infections.

Sick children

Children tend to get ill often. In schools where they are many, there may be an increased chance for an infected child infecting others. The concerned authority should ensure that such children are separated from the others to curb spread of an infection.

Food provided

The food provided at schools and the utensils should be safe and clean. Emphasis should be placed on personal hygiene. Children should be encouraged to wash hands before eating and after visiting latrines.

 

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5 Dust Tips to Your Home – More efficiently to Get Rid of Dust

Dust control and elimination is imperative in homes where individuals with allergies and asthma reside. And while the fight against dust is something we cannot completely win, we can practice ways to help minimize and control them.

how to keep dust free at home? 5 tips on cleaning home

Keep dust free is a hard task for house wife, it is possible but not easy. Learn 5 below tips to maintain a more cleaning home.

Use The Right Cleaning Materials

When it comes to cleaning materials, you want to choose those that capture dust without spreading them around. Feather dusters and dry rugs are great if you want a cloud of dust on your tracts. Otherwise, use a damp rug or those that use a static charge to catch dirt. Unless very necessary, like when cleaning carpeting, avoid using a vacuum cleaner as its exhaust stream leaves a great cloud of dust.

Wash Your Sheets Regularly

Comforters, bed sheets, and pillow cases collect skin flakes, hairs, dust, and shed out fibers of their own. To prevent these items from collecting more air particles than your skin and lungs can handle, wash them regularly – at least once every week. If this is not possible, bring them outside and shake the dust off them.

Opt For A Bare Looking Home

If you want to avoid dust from collecting inside your house, you will want to avoid items that collect them heavily such as carpets, rugs, drapes, and upholstered furniture. Wood, metal, or plastic blinds are generally easier to clean and keep dust free than drapes. At the same time, wood, metal, and leather furniture attract less dust particles than upholstered ones.

Clean The Closets

The items inside your closet collect a great deal of dust and mites and shed off fibers of their own. Dust and fibers can get easily puffed up in the air when you open and close your closet. To prevent dust build-up, keep your closet clean and organized. Place off-season clothes inside a plastic or garbage bag and tuck them neatly on the topmost shelf. Organize other items inside plastic boxes. Plastic will keep dust off your clothes and will keep fibers from your clothes from scattering around.

Keep Floors Clutter-Free

Keep your floor area as clutter-free as possible. If you have a collection of books, toys, or shoes on the floor, chances are you are not going to lift them and clean underneath when you clean your floor. Cleaning around them won’t eliminate the dust and dirt that clutters collect around them.

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Successful Breast Feeding Tips To Get a Healthy Baby

To have a healthy baby, as the main source of nutrition, you need to be healthy!

People are now aware of the health benefits of breast milk for their babies, they try hard to breast feed but some failed to do so. There are several reasons for this problem but most common reason is when the baby is not satisfied with the breast milk this can lead to frustration on the mother’s side consequently they give up.

Breast milk’s content is affected by the mother’s health. Gaining sensible weight during pregnancy has its own purpose; to give taste to the breast milk-the healthy fat. Thus you don’t need to over work yourself to regain the lost figure that is risking your way to a successful breast feeding. It was estimated that the mother will shed off its fat 2 years after giving birth-it is because most of the fats will be used to produce milk therefore breast feeding the baby 2 years and beyond will not only make your baby healthy but can also help you lose weight.

Healthy Baby-the key for a successful breast feeding

To get a healthy baby, the key is a successful breast feeding, here are some golden tips to help you understand the relation between you and your baby.

When the mother is underweight, there will be a lower milk production and that will be tasteless-the baby won’t be satisfied with the milk-henceforth mothers will resort to infant formula. Infant formulas are quite expensive and sometimes loaded with nutrients the baby’s kidney can’t endure- breast milk will still be the best for the baby. To conquer this situation, the mother must eat more healthy foods on proper time, rest well, and exercise. Healthy lifestyle is the key.

To teach the baby on how to eat veggies and fruit, the mothers are encourage to eat veggies and fruits themselves, especially during pregnancy until the mother and the baby will get used to its taste. When the baby starts to eat (6 months), feed them with a variety of healthy food for them to be able to have all the necessary nutrients they need to grow properly. Don’t stick to just one type of food like rice gruel-it only has carbohydrates and few protein, it can’t sustain the baby’s high demand of nutrients- sticking to one type of food is like limiting the food they can eat and the nutrients they acquire. Introduce first the fruits and veggies before the sweets to prevent the baby from rejecting them. Allow the baby to experience different types of consistencies on the right time to help for their motor and cognitive development. Don’t be so strict on your baby allow them to explore and learn.

To have a healthy baby, start by taking care of yourself through adapting a healthy lifestyle. Being a good model of healthy lifestyle is the best way to teach your baby on how to stay healthy.

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