home remedies for babies toddlers & kids ebook
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DESCRIPTIONThis 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.
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
I am Sangeetha Menon, Founder and Chief editor at
Bumps n Baby
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worldwide and simplify their parenting phase
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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.
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.
BABIES UP TO 6 MONTHS
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-
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
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.
BABIES ABOVE 6 MONTHS UPTO 1 YEAR
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
TODDLERS ABOVE 1 YEAR
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.
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.
Dry roast 5 cloves and grind it well once cooled. Add honey to it and give it before
TODDLERS ABOVE 2 YEARS
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.
KIDS ABOVE 4 YEARS
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.
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.
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?
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
Many fruits, vegetables, legumes and dairy products can also cause gas/ bloating in
babies and toddlers.
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