Whenever the weather changes, little tiny tots and kids are exposed to the infections and contaminations that are quite common in cold weather. They are more susceptible to cold is because children’s immune system is usually developing to be stronger with age which makes them quite vulnerable to catching a common cold, cough, sore throat and other throat and nasal related infections. So let’s have a look at some Indian home remedies for treating cough for kids.
What is the main cause of cough in children?
Viruses are germs that cause most of the colds and coughs by infecting the nasal passage and causing congestion and mucus building. They are easily passed on from kids to kids through sneezing, coughing, being in close contact with other infected kids. Unfortunately, antibiotics do not help in getting rid of colds and cough. An average primary school child has 3-8 colds per year.
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Common symptoms of cold in kids:
- Production of cough
- Runny nose
- Hearing dullness or mild earache
- Very young children tend to sleep a lot when they are unwell
- High body temperature (fever),
- Sore throat,
- Not feeling hungry
When a child gets sick, the whole family gets restless and wish that their little one gets well soon. So common cold in kids can almost be treated with some ‘gharelu nuskhe’ (घरेलु नुस्खे ) but it needs proper medical attention if the situation seems aggravated and body temperature doesn’t drop.
Here are some effective home remedies for cough in kids:
Ghee with black pepper
This remedy is simple and effective. Kids might not like the taste but it works. That matters! Heat one tablespoon of homemade ghee and then add a pinch of black pepper and make your little one have it two or three times a day. Best before sleeping.
Sucking ginger piece
Cut and peel a piece of ginger, dip in honey or rub a pinch of salt before making your kid suck it keeping in the mouth as long as he can suck the juice out of it completely.
Tulsi is an age-old nuskha that helps in treating many ailments, especially throat issues. You can add cinnamon, black pepper along with tulsi leaves in tea and make your kid consume it. Add honey as the taste might be unpleasant.
Steam with herbal or Vicks vapors
Boil some tulsi tea in a big pot of hot water or simply add some Vicks vapour rub and let your kid inhale the steam as it starts to form. This remedy will provide relief from the clogged nose.
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Dates contain Vitamin C as a potent antioxidant that will keep away your kid from infections. 2-3 dates per day help to curb the discomforting symptoms.
Raw honey is known to have maximum antibacterial properties. Trust this liquid gold. Mix one tablespoon in lukewarm water and make your kid drink it. It provides good relief. Following combinations can also help:
-Ginger and honey
-Garlic and honey
-Lemon juice and honey
-Cinnamon and honey
Haldi Doodh is every mom’s go-to easy and helpful remedy. Make this golden drink by adding ¼ tbs of Haldi (turmeric) into one glass of boiling milk and make your kid drink it at normal or lukewarm temperature before going to bed. It has great antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
The best-considered remedy with a queer taste but great benefits is Kaadha. Cumin, black pepper and jaggery kaadha; tulsi, ginger, ajwain kadha are best to get rid of cough and cold. Boil these ingredients in water till it gets half in quantity and then make your kid consume this lukewarm kaadha before making him ready for bed. (Also Read: Possible Causes And Treatments For Sore Throat At Night)
Though expensive Kesar is quite effective in case of cold. Add 3-4 flakes in boiling milk and boil it for 5 minutes before making your kid drink it. It provides good heat to the body to fight the cold and cough symptoms and helps in having a sound sleep too.
Clove honey mix
Dry roast 4-5 cloves on a pan and grind it into a fine powder before mixing a small pinch to one tablespoon of honey.
Pineapple for treating cough in kids
Loaded with an enzyme known as bromelain, pineapples acts an expectorant and reduces mucus and phlegm in the throat. Generally, this works for people suffering from wet cough. Hence for instant relief, make your child drink pineapple juice a couple of times a day.
Thyme for cough
This herb not only adds flavors to the dishes but it can also be very effective in relieving coughs. As thyme is rich in antioxidants and flavonoids, the herb can help in relaxing and soothing out inflamed airways and membranes.
Mulethi for treating cough in kids
Mulethis is an Ayurvedic remedy that is rich in antioxidant properties. Hence, it can reduce inflammation in the bronchial tubes exponentially and loosens out the mucus resulting in difficulty breathing. Moreover, this also cures bacterial infections causing cough in children.
Amla can treat various ailments in the body as this a strong immunomodulatory. Give your child amla to eat as it can prepare the body to fight off the infection as well as boost up immunity. In addition to this, this also ensures healthy liver and improved blood circulation.
Consuming black pepper, cumin, and jaggery solution with boiling water can help in getting relief from chest congestion.
These were some of the well-known home remedies to get your little one back from the claws of cold and cough which is quite a common sight in young children and doesn’t demand much worries till it gets so worse that body temperature rises or discomforts continue all night persistently. In that case, it’s always suggested to see a doctor as soon as possible as small symptoms when do not leave the body timely might be a sign of another monstrous disease.
All the super moms know how to use the brains along with kitchen ingredients to make cold symptoms go quickly. Happy winters to you and your little ones!!
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