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.
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.
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.
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