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Baby Cold :-(

Posted by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 1:40 PM
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My Liam has a cold so we are doing a lot of snuggling on the sofa today. I found these tips on easing colds in infants (some of them can't be used until the baby is over 12 months, though) and thought I'd share it here. 


Tips To Cure Baby Cold

Honey

Honey is a mild antiseptic and a simple remedy that can treat cold and throat irritation. Take a feeding bottle and fill half of it with warm water. Add half teaspoon honey and let the baby drink this.

Honey is not recommended for babies who are less than one year as it can contain botulinum spores that may be dangerous. Giving honey twice a day can help in keeping the symptoms down and also for treating the cold effectively.

Steam

Dry air can aggravate the symptoms of cold and also cause throat irritation as well,making the cold worse, especially at night and preventing the baby from sleeping. Steaming is a great way to keep the moisture content in the air up. You can use a steamer for this purpose so that the air remains moist.

Steaming can also help soothe the throat and loosen up the phlegm that could be making your baby difficult to breathe. Another way to apply steam is to open a hot tap and keep the doors and windows closed so that the steam enters the baby’s respiratory system and eases the breathing.

Saline Drops

Saline drops will help in cleansing the nasal passages of the baby and removing the trapped and hardened mucus that could be causing your baby difficulty in breathing.Take 1/4th teaspoon salt and add to one cup of water.

Cure baby cold

Using a bulb syringe, slowly add a few drops into one nose and remove through the other with a bulb syringe. Repeat until the nasal passages are clear enough for the baby to breathe. It should not be done for more than four times a day as it can dry the baby’s nasal lining and cause irritation.

Ginger

Ginger is an effective remedy for treating cough, cold and congestions. It helps in increasing the circulation of blood and also in warming up the body so that the phlegm is melted and expelled out.

For babies, make a tea by adding five grams of ginger to one cup of boiling water. Steep for ten minutes and then add half a teaspoon of honey. When it reaches room temperature, fill half a bottle and give it to them. Ginger is very effective in treating colds in babies.

Eucalyptus Oil

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Eucalyptus is a very strong remedy that can immediately remove all the nasal blockagesand ease the breathing trouble. Add a drop of eucalyptus oil to a dispenser and let the babyinhale the fumes for a few minutes. This is an excellent remedy for treating cold, chest congestion and cough in babies.

Vapo Rub

Rubbing vaporub on the chest and is another effective way by which you can relieve the baby of the cold. Vapo rubs that can be administered on babies are available now and these are safe for use even for babies as small as three months.

Remember to avoid all vapo rubs with camphor and menthol while treating babies as they are not recommended for children younger than 2 years. Vapo rubs give a cooling effect to the body and though they actually do not remove congestion, they make the baby feel much better with their cooling action.

Garlic

Garlic is an antibacterial agent and helps in destroying the bacteria that could have caused the cold. A tea can be prepared with garlic by adding chopped pieces of 2 cloves of garlic to one of boiling water.

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Steep for ten minutes and allow it to come to room temperature. This can be given to the baby in small quantities all throughout the day. Add a teaspoon of honey if your baby is older than six months.

Lady Finger

The mucilaginous nature of lady fingers have a probiotic effect on the baby’s body and helps in removing the bacteria and also the mucous from the body and also removing throat irritation and inflammation. Take one lady finger and slice to smaller pieces. Boil with one cup of water and steep for ten minutes. Allow to come to room temperature give in small amounts to the baby.

Turmeric

Cure baby cold

A pinch of turmeric can be added to the regular fruit juice or milk or even warm water that your baby drinks and this can be given twice daily to remove cold. Turmeric helps inremoving inflammation, bacteria and also strengthens the immune system of the baby infighting off the infection.

Lemon

Lemon is a mild antibacterial and antiseptic that can be used for treating cold. Lemon is alsorich in vitamin C that comes of help for developing immunity. Take the juice of half a lemon and add a teaspoon of honey for older babies.

Give it in small quantities by adding adequate amounts of water. This is a simple yet very effective treatment that can be given for cold in babies.

Chamomile

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A mild tea prepared from chamomile can help relieve the inflammation in the throat and also soothe the throat of babies. Take a chamomile tea bag and boil with two cups of water. Steep for ten minutes and this diluted tea can be given to babies older than six months.

Chicken Soup

For babies who are six months and up, giving chicken soup is a way to treat their cold fast and relieve the symptoms. It Is known to relieve the symptoms of cold, reduce fever and inflammation and take care of aches and pains as well. Chicken soup that comes canned too is known to give effective results for cold.

http://www.findhomeremedy.com/home-remedies-for-baby-cold/


.....Ophelia Grace...............Mira Lorne...............Jude Bennett.........Liam Daniel Baines.


by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 1:40 PM
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angela.bouchard
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Bump

lauratupper
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 5:00 PM

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Mrs.Bolin
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 5:07 PM

We are chillin on the couch today too. Not much you can do with a sick infant but some steam and baby vicks. Hope your lil kiddo recovers fast

abra
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Thanks. Yours too!

Quoting Mrs.Bolin:

We are chillin on the couch today too. Not much you can do with a sick infant but some steam and baby vicks. Hope your lil kiddo recovers fast



.....Ophelia Grace...............Mira Lorne...............Jude Bennett.........Liam Daniel Baines.


jjchick75
by Bronze Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 5:22 PM

I breastfeed so I use breastmilk in his nose to clean out his nose and ears to deal with ear infections! Just another bit of advice for nursing moms!

mandapanda82
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 6:15 PM
Awe poor Liam- feel better soon buddy!
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