5 Indian Home Remedies For Cold

Posted in Growing Up on Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Every time your child sneezes, does it put you into a state of wide concern as you know what’s coming next? Yes, long days of runny nose, sneezing and coughing that trouble your child and you. If you are one of those parents who are concerned about the safety and effectiveness of cold medicines that may make your child sleepy, upset his bowel movement making him more irritable etc, then opting for home remedies is a safer bet for you.


Use these gentle, effective and safe home remedies for your child’s cold.



Turmeric and Honey: Make a thick paste of honey and a pinch of turmeric. Ask your kid to take this paste in small doses. Turmeric containing antiseptic agents fights the infection in the throat.


Turmeric and Salt: Take some warm water and add a pinch of turmeric, salt and ¼ tsp ghee. Mix it well and ask your child to drink it. Saline solution draws excess fluid from inflamed tissues in the throat making them hurt less, ghee absorbs the mucus and throws it out of the body through bowel movement while turmeric soothes the throat. Make sure, your child doesn’t drink/eat anything for at least an hour after this concoction.


Ajwain (Carom Seeds) and Garlic: In an open pan, roast some ajwain and cloves of garlic till they start emanating their aroma. Now, in a muslin cloth, pour the contents of the pan and tie the cloth in a tight knot. Now, press the cloth all over your child’s chest. You can even make your child inhale the aroma of the seeds and garlic.


Tulsi, Ginger and Ajwain: In a pan, take some water and add a few leaves of tulsi (holy basil), ginger and ajwain (carom seeds) in it. Boil it for a few minutes. Once it cools down, ask your child to drink it in small proportions. If you child finds it spicy due to ginger, you can add a spoonful of honey in it. Tulsi has excellent medicinal properties and is known for fighting infections.


Steam: Breathing moist air helps loosen the mucus in the nasal passages. Ask your child to inhale the steam from a vaporizer. But if your child hesitates or is not old enough to take it, then give him a warm bath. For children over the age of 2, add a few drops of menthol to the bath water as it helps in removing congestion and relaxing the child. You can also turn on the hot water in the tub or shower, close the bathroom door, block any gap under the door with a towel, and sit in the steamy room with your child for about 15 minutes. Then apply a little Vicks Vaporub on his chest, throat and a little on his nose. Cover him with a blanket and ask him to lie down for 30 mins.


All these tips apart, make sure your child gets ample rest. Body needs energy to fight an infection. When your child’s resting, he’s healing, which is exactly what he needs to do. Here are a few tips on how to take care of your newborn this winter and 5 tips to keep your kids warm this winter.


But keep in mind, if the child is allergic to any of the items mentioned above, the same shouldn’t be used. Also, remember11 home remedies are remedial in nature and for severe cases the pediatrician must be consulted in case the remedies at home aren’t showing sign of improvement in the child.



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