As winter draws closer you do feel some cold and cough coming your way. However, you have nothing to fear as there are ayurvedic treatments for a cough and cold. When it comes to infants it is always on our mind to keep them healthy and give them the best the whole year round. A slight cough and cold can cause them to fall very ill, that is why we have the best cough and cold ayurvedic medicines that you can use for infants. Let’s dive into how you have to treat your baby with natural remedies.
This is one of the simplest remedies that can treat your infant’s cold. It is advised to take their feeding bottle and fill half of it with warm water and add half a teaspoon of honey. Let the baby drink this. Babies that are less than on year are advised not to have this solution, as this may be a bit dangerous. Give your baby this solution twice a day that will help keep them in good health and also help reduce the symptoms.
As the dry air can irritate the baby and cause them to come down with a cold and cough. Steam can help bring up the moisture that will help the baby to breath if they are suffering from a blocked nose. To do so you can turn on the hot water and let the steam fill up your bathroom so that when you bring the baby in it will help increase the moisture in the air.
- Saline Drops
This helps clean out the nasal passage for the baby to breathe properly. To do this you need to take 1/4th teaspoon of salt and add a cup of water to it. Tilting the baby’s head back take a bulb syringe and slowly add a few drops into the nose. Do this continuously till the passage is clear enough for your baby to breath. You should take note that this should not be done more than four times a day as it can cause dryness and this will then lead to the baby’s lining of the nose to cause irritation.
This is a very effective remedy that can treat a cough and cold. This will help the baby’s blood circulation and also help warm the body up. For your baby, you should make a tea by adding 5 grams of ginger and one cup of water. Let it sit in the water for about 10 minutes and then add half a teaspoon of honey. When it has reached room temperate fill it into the bottle and have them drink it.
The benefit of garlic is that it helps destroy bacteria that are on the verge to cause cold and cough. If you want to give this to your baby you should chop the garlic pieces (preferably 2 pieces) to boiling water. Let it sit for 10 minutes allowing it to come down to room temperature. Give this to your baby in small quantities through the day. If you are adding honey to this solution then it should be given to babies that are older than six months.
This is best when added into milk, fruit juice or even warm water. If your baby drinks this solution twice a day it will help remove the cold. Turmeric helps reduce inflammation and also helps fight infections.
Although babies might want to have it as it is too sour it is rich in vitamin C that helps develop immunity. When giving it to your baby add a bit of honey to the teaspoon of lemon give it in small quantities also add suitable amounts of water. This solution should be given to older babies.
- Chicken Soup
One dish that baby will enjoy but this should be given to babies that are six months and older. This helps cure a cold faster and reduce the symptoms. It takes control of the inflammation and cures the pains and aches that the child is facing.
- Chamomile Tea
This is one of the best forms that can sooth a baby’s throat. To prepare this you should boil the chamomile tea with 2 cups of water. Let it sit for about 10 minutes. This forms a diluted solution which is ok to give to babies that are older than six months.
- Lady Finger
This has probiotic properties that help to remove the bacteria from the body. Take one ladyfinger and chop it into small pieces. Boil it and let it steep for about 10 minutes. Once it has reached room temperature give it to the baby in small quantities.
So there you have it simple and yet effective ways to treat a cough and cold. Ayurvedic treatments for a cough and cold in Infants can be of great concern but with ayurvedic medicine, for a cough and cold, it is always a better choice.
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Author of the Blog: Dr. Archana Singh
Expert Review By: Dr Smita Pankaj Naram
Co-Founder, Ayushakti Ayurved Pvt Ltd