Cough is the most common illness; which is normal cause due to irritation in the throat and lungs. Parents get worried whenever there is any health issues come up to their babies, toddlers or kids health. The first reaction of parents is why it’s happening to my kid, and we sometimes over reacted on small illness.
Treatment of Cold & Cough is very simple and easy. And it can be treated by giving home remedies by parents. But before giving or following any treatment it’s important for parents to get some information about the coughing.
Questions that Parents should know before start giving any treatment of Coughing
Here are the few frequent asked questions by parents related to cough illness. And we will discuss about the home remedy that can be given to babies & toddlers at home.
Q) How long has your toddler been coughing?
A) Just a Minute Ago =
There is a chance or possibility that your kid is choking on food or a small object. Just check the reason behind the coughing. Maybe he has inhaled object that is causing coughing. In this case there is nothing to get worried about, just give him home remedy of choking to your toddler and he will be fine. Read article on choking Home Remedies to Choking Infant: First Aid Steps
More than one or two days =
If your baby is under 6 months old,
Then your baby may have a serious lung infection such as bronchiolitis (inflamed small airways in the lungs). In this situation, the best medication you can give at home is to keep your baby in sitting up position and if possible then in a steamy bathroom.
If your baby is above 6 months old,
Then look for a sign whether he is Breathing Abnormally Rapid or Noisy.
– If Abnormally Rapid = Then maybe your child could have a respiratory infection such as pneumonia. In pneumonia, the air sacs may fill with fluid or pus. The infection can be life-threatening to anyone, but particularly to infants & children. Symptoms include a cough with phlegm or pus, fever, chills and difficulty breathing. Contact your child doctor (Pediatricain) for consultation.
– If it’s Noisy – Then this maybe croup, in which a viral infection inflames the airways. The best and simple remedy is to sit with your child in steamy bathroom or room to ease the breathing. Or you can give him steam the way you are comfortable in.
Q) Does the Cough have either of the characteristics?
A) If comes in fits ending with whoop or is accompanied by vomiting. In both the case its mean that your kid may have pertussis (whooping-cough) and its symptoms include a runny nose, nasal congestion and sneezing.
In this situation kindly contact your child doctor, as this cough problem cannot solve by giving any Home Remedy. It’s important for parents to see the symptoms and give the right treatment on time.
Q) Does your child have a runny nose?
A) If your child has a running nose most of the time, then maybe your toddler have an allergy or possibly enlarged adenoids. If your child has running nose from past few days and have below symptoms:-
With Fever = then it might be a viral illness, such as cold or flu. You can give him steam from a bowl of hot water or steam in room. Just give him normally treatment of fever at home. Read our article on How to Treat High Fever in Babies/Toddlers
In case fever does not go in 2 days, then immediately consult your doctor.
Without Fever= Then it’s nothing just a regular cold and again steam remedy will work here.
Home Remedies for Cold and Cough
Below One Year Old Baby:
1 >> Saline drops: Normally doctor advice to give saline drops to open the blocked nose of babies below one year old. They do not advice to give any medicine or Vicks Inhaler. Just pour 2 or 3 drops in each nostril of your baby and keep the baby head in tilted down position, so that it can easily go inside.
2 >> Steam: Steam is the best way to get relief from cold and cough and both babies and adults can use it. Buy a small steamer which you can be kept in your room, to give steam to open your baby nose. So that baby can easily breathe and does not have dry cough.
3 >> Mustard Oil Massage: Give your baby a massage from mustard oil and ajwain, on his chest, back and below the feet. But just remember that don’t put lots of ajwain, as it has extreme hot property.
How to Give: Heat the mustard oil and ajwain together and after sometime remove it and keep it to get cool. Please make it sure that you give massage to your baby with soft hands and try to give a twice a day.
4 >> Breastfeed: Some people say that mother milk can also be a cure to cold. As mother milk contains antibodies, it can help to give relief. Put some drops of mother milk into the nose of your child and look out for relief.
For Toddlers or Kids (Above One Year Old)
5 >> Body Massage by Mustard Oil: Massage from Mustard oil really helps a lot in getting fast relief. Just heat the some mustard oil with two or three Garlic Cloves over the Gas but just crushed the cloves by hand before adding it. After the oil gets cool just put the oil in bowl through strainer. Give your child a massage on chest & back, thrice a day. It will help in giving relief and in recovery.
6 >> Carom Seeds (Ajwain): Boil the carom seeds with tusli leaves (Basil leaves) in water. And after that water gets cools, give it to your child to drink it. Try to give him Lukewarm water.
7 >> Gargle with lemon and Honey: Gargle help a lot in recovering from cough. It’s a best combination to tackle your kids cough at home. Just boil the water and out lemon and honey in it and give it to your child to do gargle, it helps to overcome from sore throat.
8 >> Turmeric Milk: Simple and easy way to treat your child for cough. It’s has a best antiseptic properties which helps in recovering from many illness. You just need to add little bit turmeric in your child milk and give him to drink and especially before the bedtime. It will help your child to have good sleep.
9 >> Give Kadha by Using Basil Leaves: Prepare a Kadha for your child by adding 5 to 6 Cloves, 10 to 12 Indian Basil leaves (Tulsi), Pinch of Fennel Seeds and Black Salt. Kadha is the most tradition way to treat cough from ancients. It has been tested and tries lots of time. Mothers best homemade remedy for their kids health.
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