Common cold & cough are the most common ailments in children. Occurring as an infection to heavy dust or industrial or tobacco smoke, such an ailment affect a child’s food intake, sleep, and energy levels. Below I have presented a few home remedies for common cold and cough derived from many reliable sources and which I have personally tried all on my kids.
Massage: Heat coconut oil to the exten that a child can bear it. Gently massage the coconut oil over the child’s chest and then back for about 5 minutes. The massage should be given just before you put your child to sleep. Do not subject the child to cool or cold conditions after the massage. Hence keep fans and air conditioners off. This simple treatment will soothe the child and will keep the cough away. This massage will also help in getting a good undisturbed sleep.
Garlic treatment: Garlic does a wonder against common cold. De-skin about 5 to 6 cloves of garlic. Make a necklace of the 6 cloves of garlic using a normal thread and needle and put it around your child’s neck when he/she is sleeping. This will unblock the nose of the child and also make him/ her have a sound sleep.
Ginger tea: A magic potion that can be made a routine is that of ginger and tea. 1 teaspoon of regular tea with 3 to 4 drops of ginger juice first thing in the morning will keep your child away from common cold.
Honey:Honey also provides effective remedy for cough and cold. You can take one teaspoon of honey two times a day. Or else, you can mix few drops of ginger juice or tulsi juice with honey and take it two or three times a day (morning, noon and night). Mix half a cup of warm water with one teaspoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of honey several times a day.
Chicken soup: Do you know chicken soup has anti inflammatory properties that can provide relief in the case of cough and cold ?
Avoid the following food items:If your child is frequently down due to common cold and cough it is best you avoid Banana and milk . Reduce the intake of tomatoes, black eyed beans, peanuts, any items made from chic pea flour. No Water for 20 minutes after consuming any fruit.
Say "NO" to chocolates: Yes, chocolates are some of the worst culprits for cold and cough. So avoid taking them. Sorry Kids :)
All the above mentioned home remedies are simple and effortless and you can see wonderful results without any side effects.