Cough is a very common health problem for babies, adults and children.When adults cough, it is easy to find non-prescription, over-the-counter drugs to relieve the symptoms of discomfort. However, non-prescription drugs may not be used in infants or toddlers. For adults and older children, even safe cold drugs can have serious side effects, hence children under 2 years of age should not take non-prescription drugs to avoid adverse effects. Therefore, this article will provide some natural and effective methods to help you treat your baby’s cough at home with some of these home remedies.
Teaspoon of Honey
Honey is a magical ingredient with many therapeutic effects.It is particularly effective in the treatment of problems associated with colds. If your child cough is severe, try eating half a teaspoon of honey before bedtime. It soothes sore throat and reduces cough. However, do not give honey to children under 1 years of age, as it is detrimental and could be too harsh to their digestive system.
Ensure Baby is Drinking Enough Water
This may seem irrelevant, but if your baby has a cold or cough, drinking more liquid helps reduce mucus in the body, thus reducing nasal congestion and discomfort in the throat. Once the throat is refreshed, cough will get better. For infants under 6 months, warm breast milk or formula can be provided, but no water or juice can be drunk as the baby’s digestive system can be harmed. For older children, you can let them drink water, juice or milk, but preferably warm. You can also cook warm liquid foods such as chicken broth or porridge to soothe your child’s sore throat.
Use of Nasal Drops
When a child has a cold, their nose will also be blocked, which can make them breathing quite uncomfortable, so does eating or sleeping. Gradually, the trachea becomes fragile, causing a cough. In this case, the ingredients for a simple saline nasal drops can help dilute mucus and relieve swelling of the trachea. After using saline water, you can easily clear mucus from your child’s nose. Salt water nasal drops can be used any time during the day until the child’s cold heals, but please do not overuse to avoid pain in the nose.
Cough can be caused by weather and air pollution, so humidifiers can provide warm and vaporized air to help relieve a child’s cough. If you don’t have a hot mist humidifier, you can also put hot water in the bathtub. Sit with your child for about 15 minutes in the the hot (tolerable) water. You can also use a cold mist humidifier in your baby’s room, or take a breath of fresh air outside for about 20 minutes, as fresh air can help relieve cough, but please note that you should wear enough outdoors to keep you and your baby warm.