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This is a comprehensive ebook on home remedies for Babies Toddlers and Kids. The remedies covered in this book are readily available at home and easy and quick to prepare.


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    Table of contents

    Home remedies for cold and cough 04

    Home remedies for gas 10

    Home remedies for dry cough 14

    Home remedies for chest congestion 18

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    I am Sangeetha Menon, Founder and Chief editor at

    Bumps n Baby

    Bumps n Baby is my medium to reach out to parents

    worldwide and simplify their parenting phase

    Bumps n Baby features a lot of tried and tested baby n

    toddler food recipes, home remedies, month-wise food

    charts and many more parenting tips

    You can connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, G+, and


    Special thanks to Anjana, Jayalekshmy and Yamuna for

    their amazing contribution towards this ebook

    If you like to distribute this ebook on home remedies, feel

    free to do so giving credit back to us. Good karma always


    Disclaimer: We do not recommend any intake of home remedies

    for babies below 6 months; kindly consult your paediatrician in

    such a case.

    Mothers milk is the best for baby.

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    Chapter 1


    Home Remedies for Cold and Cough

    in Babies, Toddlers & Kids

    Remember your babys first cold? A babys first cold n cough becomes the terrible

    time for both parents and baby alike.

    Its difficult to see the little chest in pain, my colleague was discussing about her

    sons cold and cough. I remember when Anshika was barely 3 weeks old when she

    became down with her first cold and cough. Trust me when I say this, it was difficult!

    I am sure many moms would have gone through this difficult phase of sleepless night

    and crankiness in babies during cold and cough.

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    1. Breast milk

    Babies under 6 months do not need any medication other than breast milk during

    cold and cough to fight off the virus. The antibodies in breast milk help the babys

    body to build immunity against all types of germs and aids in proper hydration


    2. Nasal saline drops

    I am sure your paediatrician would have prescribed paediatric saline drops. Use the

    saline drops at regular intervals or as prescribed. It helps to add moisture to the

    nasal tract thereby preventing dry mucus formation.

    You can make saline drops at home too. Take a steel bowl, spoon and sterilize it well.

    Take 1/2 teaspoon of salt and dissolve in 8 teaspoons of warm filtered water. Once

    cooled, you can use it for your baby. But I suggest going for the saline drops available

    in the market than the home-made ones as there is a risk of bacterial growth.

    3. Garlic and Ajwain potli (pouch)

    Garlic and ajwain are known for its anti-bacterial and anti-

    viral properties.

    Dry roast 2 big cloves of garlic and 1 tablespoons of ajwain on

    a tawa. Once cooled make it into a potli or tight pouch with a

    clean muslin cloth. Place this potli in the baby cot/cradle where baby sleeps.

    The garlicky ajwain smoke from the potli would help to open the blocked nose of

    baby and relieves from congestion.

    Please dont keep the potli near baby to avoid the chances of putting into mouth,

    choking or breathing hazard in anyway. You can also dry rub the potli on the soles of

    babys feet.

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    4. Covered clothing

    Babys clothing should be as such to protect the chest from cold.

    5. Wash /Wipe hands

    Keep babys and your hands sanitized thoroughly at regular intervals with

    antibacterial baby wipes or soap. This helps to prevent the spread of germs.

    6. Keep babys head elevated Keep babys head elevated when he sleeps, to ease breathing.


    You can try 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 too. Apart from those,

    7. Warm or Boiled cooled water

    Give warm water at regular intervals to keep the baby well hydrated. You can try

    boiled ajwain or cumin water.

    8. Soups

    Provide warm vegetable soup or tomato soup. You can

    try chicken soup if your baby is 8m+.

    These soups increase the immunity of the body.

    9. Nilgiri oil

    Nilgiri oil dipped in a cotton ball placed in the room where baby sleeps is found to be


    10. Steam

    You can try steaming the room using a vaporizer or giving a warm shower. Please

    note that the steam should not be placed close to the baby.

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    11. Ajwain and Garlic potli

    The garlic and ajwain potli can be used to rub on the babys chest by making it warm

    on a tawa.

    Dont apply the potli on the chest directly from the tawa. Instead place it on your

    palm, check for the temperature and rub it on with the slight heat. It helps to clear

    the phlegm from the chest.

    12. Rasam

    Tomato and garlic soup also called rasam can be given to 7M + babies. This is

    popular in South India as a common cure for cold and cough. Please omit the red

    chillies / chilli powder here.

    13. Vaporub for babies

    Apply vaporub on babys sole of the feet and put on cotton socks before sleep.


    14. Ginger & Honey mixture

    Grate ginger and add honey to it. A teaspoon of this can

    be given at regular intervals.

    Helps to soothe the throat and cough.

    15. Lemon juice & Honey

    Add lemon juice and honey. Add a little warm water and make your toddler drink it.

    16. Milk with Turmeric

    Boil one cup of milk and add a pinch or teaspoon of turmeric powder. It is effective

    for dry coughs.

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    17. Ginger coffee

    Ginger coffee works like magic.

    Boil about 1 cup of water with 2 slices of ginger, 2 tulsi leaves, 2 pepper pods, 2

    cardamom, 2 cloves and 1 tablespoon jaggery.

    Strain and give this concoction for quick relief from cold and cough.

    18. Cloves

    Dry roast 5 cloves and grind it well once cooled. Add honey to it and give it before



    19. Jaggery & Pepper corns

    A powdered mixture of jaggery and 4 peppercorns helps to remove phlegm.

    20. Turmeric powder, Ghee & Pepper

    A pinch of turmeric powder with pepper and ghee is

    found effective for colds and coughs in toddlers

    above 2 years of age.


    21. Infusing medicated vapors

    Pour 2 drops of eucalyptus oil or nilgiri oil in a pot of steaming boiled water. Ask the

    child to bend, cover his head with a breathable blanket and infuse the medicated

    vapours. This helps to unblock the nasal tract.

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    22. Honey & Lime

    Gargling with 1/2 teaspoon honey and a few drops of lemon in warm water helps to

    clear the throat and nose.

    Further Reading:

    5 tricks to keep cold at bay

    7 healthy soup recipes for babies and kids

    Kaachiya enna or velichenna kaachiyadu for cold and cough

    How to cure fever, cold and congestion in babies?

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    Chapter 2


    Home Remedies

    for Gas in Babies, Toddlers & Kids

    A baby suffering from gas problems is a major concern since their digestive system is

    under-developed. Often they cry uncontrollably when they are uncomfortable with

    the gas not being passed out of body.

    Babies eat throughout the day and night. Hence their bowels produce a lot more gas

    compared to adults. If you are breastfeeding and have taken some gas causing

    foods in your diet, it can cause gas as it passes on to the baby through breast milk.

    Babies swallow air when they cry. It can also result in gas. Breastfed and bottle-fed

    babies can have gas problems as they suck in a lot of air along with milk making a

    build-up of air in the intestine.

    Gas problems are mainly caused by the substances called natural sugars like fructose,

    lactose, raffinose and sorbitol and/or soluble fibre. Since these substances are not

    digested in the stomach, they make their way down to the intestines.

    The bacteria in the intestines do the needful resulting in the release of gas, bloating

    and flatulence.

    Many fruits, vegetables, legumes and dairy products can also cause gas/ bloating in

    babies and toddlers.

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    1. Burping after every feed

    Infants who are breastfed must be burped after every feed. Dont make them lie

    down once they have had their full.

    Take your baby in upright position, pat her back and carry her for some time. This

    avoids most of the gastric troubles in infants.

    2. Bicycling your babys legs

    Bicycling your babys legs few times a day keeps the gas away. The rotations relieve

    them of gas and soothe pain, if any.

    It is an easy method which can involve singing, talking and playing. This technique

    keeps them happy, active and playful too.

    3. Massaging with mustard oil

    Giving a gentle massage with warm mustard oil daily is a

    very healthy meth


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