Do nothing for a cold and it will last seven days. Do everything and it will last a week. That’s what they say. But parents of tiny children with tinier noses know that it is not uncommon for cold and cough to last a couple of weeks.
So what can you do if your child’s nose is still blocked or runny and the cough still as bad long after the doctor’s prescription runs out?
These simple home remedies have been tested, verified and shared by KLAY parents. All of them are safe and not known to cause any adverse reaction.
1. For blocked nose, cough, and fever: Heat coconut oil and mix camphor. Apply the lukewarm mixture on the nose, palms, behind the knees, chest, and soles when the child is sleeping. A restful sleep is guaranteed.
2. For throat congestion: Roast whole garlic and whole ajwain on a tawa for about three minutes. Wrap in a soft, warm cloth and do hot compress on the chest for at least five minutes.
3. Sore throat, cough and cold: Doddapatre leaves, also known as Cuban oregano, Spanish thyme, or Indian Borage, work miracles. These leaves are commonly available in any herb garden and potted plants. Take a couple of leaves and heat them directly on a flame. Once they change colour, crush and squeeze. Mix this juice with honey – just a teaspoon of this mix provides great relief.
4. Cough and general immunity: Add turmeric to milk – 1 teaspoon for about 200 ml — and bring to a boil. Strain and serve. Combinations of ginger and honey and crushed black pepper and honey – with or without warm water are very effective.
Did you know?
1. Common cold can also be caused by weak digestion. When the food is not fully digested, it transforms into mucous and circulates through the body, reaching the respiratory system, where it causes a cold.
2. Avoid dairy products, especially ghee during an infection. Sweet juices also do not help.
3. Keep your child warm – this reduces the burden on the body and helps it fight off infection.
So keep warm and stay healthy.