Adults suffer from the common cold 2-3 times a year; children may suffer from various diseases much more often. The pharmaceutical market offers a large number of drugs that can cope with a large number of ailments; however, the use of synthetic drugs is not always safe for a baby, which is why many parents use home remedies.
It is normal for children to get sick, that is a part of their early development. The human immune system gains strength only with age, facing various diseases and strengthens as a result of proper treatment. Most children will have health issues such as toothaches, fever, stomachaches, cold, coughs, ear infections, diaper rashes, cold sores, asthma, diarrhea, skin and rashes.
Common practices such as frequent hand washing after using the bathroom and before meals and also cleaning toys, and washing children clothes and beddings regularly will help prevent some bacterial infection from spreading.
Are Home Remedies Safe?
The utilization of home remedies also makes sense as many of their ingredients can be found in medicines. The advantages of such treatment are the absence of side effects and a much smaller number of contraindications. Nevertheless, before using remedies you must always consult a doctor. Of course, there are also restrictions on the use of non-traditional methods of treatment. They are contra-indicated if a child has allergies and intolerance to components. For example, children often develop pathological reactions to honey and other products of beekeeping and to citrus fruits. That’s why parents should use these products with extreme caution.
Remedies for a common cold
Clinical studies show that most childhood diseases are respiratory infections that affect the upper respiratory tract. The most effective home remedies for a common cold are:
- Linden flower tea. This is safe to use from the age of 1 month. It is most effective if given to the child after meals.
- Milk with honey has long been used as a diaphoretic, but you need to prepare it correctly. Boil a glass of milk and cool to 100-120 ° F. Add 1 tablespoon of honey. Give the drink to your baby and immediately tuck him or her into bed.
- Raspberry tea is another great remedy. It is best to use fresh berries, but dried ones will also serve well. Raspberry jam, although very tasty, loses its useful properties due to a large amount of sugar.
- Chamomile tea has a good antipyretic effect. Give it to the child after eating and then put him or her to bed under a warm blanket.
Remedies for a running nose
A runny nose is often among of the most unpleasant symptoms, but you can get rid of it without the help of medication. Parents can use a few simple recipes.
Feet warming: Such a procedure for babies may be challenging, but at the age of 2-3 years old it shouldn’t be too hard. Feet warming can be used only if a child has normal temperature. To do feet warming you will need to prepare a basin with hot water (120-140 ° F) and add 1 teaspoon of dry mustard and sea salt. Put your kid’s feet into the basin and cover their legs with a warm towel. After 20 minutes dry the feet and put warm socks on.
You can stop the development of rhinitis by warming up nasal sinuses. This procedure can be fun if you use unconventional materials. For example, you can take two hot boiled potatoes and wrap them in fabric made of natural fibers. Then put the potatoes to the nose on both sides and hold until they get cool. Instead of potato, you can use two little bags filled with salt that you can heat in the microwave.
Remedies for stomachache
If your child suffers from stomachaches caused by indigestion or gas, fennel seeds will serve as a great remedy. Take 1 teaspoon of seeds for 1 cup of hot water and let the drink steep for 10 minutes. Give the drink after eating on a full stomach at the end of the day.
In case of constipation, it is recommended that the parent gives the baby more water, decoction of vegetables and fruits, especially prunes and light tea made of raspberry leaves and fig. It is not only helpful but also very tasty. The rectum is designed that way that when there is a lack of fluid in the body, its walls begin to quickly suck water from the stool, making it too hard. Thus, abundant drinking helps to keep the walls of the rectum relatively soft and constipation at a minimum.
If a child suffers from diarrhea you should immediately exclude dairy products from the diet. It is also recommended to refrain from meat and heavy food for 1-2 days to give the gastrointestinal tract some rest. To prevent dehydration it is necessary to give a child an abundant drink, especially favorable affect has hot strong tea and cocoa. One of the most effective home remedies for diarrhea is whey. It helps restore healthy intestinal bacterial flora. Add a pinch of salt to whey and give such a drink 3-4 times a day until symptoms subside.
Remedies for Asthma
It is recommended to seek medical treatment and diagnosis for Asthma as Asthma in children continues to be on the rise. What every parent should know is that allergies, air pollution, respiratory infections and a humid climate are the main triggers of asthmatic conditions. Children start wheezing, unable to breathe freely, coughing, tightness around the chest and shortness of breath.
A home remedy to ease this condition is Ginger. Ginger contains an anti-inflammatory property which soothes and helps to reduce airway inflammation. Ginger helps to promote air movement in the lungs and ease the inhibition of airway contraction.
Suggested dosage is to mix ginger juice, pomegranate juice and honey in same quantity and give your child 1 tablespoon of this mixture 3 times a day.
Ginger candies can also help ease symptoms.
Remedies for Toothaches
It is not surprising that children will experience toothaches. Toothaches are caused but cavities and tooth decay. When children eat small scraps of food they may stay in-between their teeth, regular brushing and flossing can remove these food scraps. Asafetida, is a good remedy for toothaches. Parent should fry a pinch of powdered asafetida and apply it on the affected part of your child’s tooth using a cotton swab.
For older children a warm salt water rinse is recommended.
Remedies for Sore Throat
The best remedy for sore throat is anything that soothes the throat, such as warm water or lemon juice. Parents should be careful not to use honey on any baby that is less than 1 year old. But lemon juice in warm water is very helpful.
Remedies for a Fever
When a child has a fever it is recommended to give a sponge bath as this will help reduce body temperature. Parents can also use warm soup like Chicken Noodle soup or a broth as this will boast immunity. A glucose drink diluted with water is also a helpful remedy.
It is important for parents to make sure that their child stays hydrated. Parents should encourage their child to drink fluids; any type of fluid is ok but make sure it’s caffeine free.
Parents should avoid overdressing their children especially when they are indoors. A warm bath is also advisable. Parents should monitor to make sure that there are no signs of serious illness by checking the child’s temperature and making sure that your child is drinking water.
As we can see, home remedies can be a great alternative to conventional medicine. They are natural and do not contain harmful synthetic ingredients. In addition, they are easily accessible – most of us already have these cures in the kitchen. But remember, these remedies and methods can only help at the early stages of illnesses. Before you treat your baby with home remedies you should consult with your pediatrician.
About the Author
Rita Izu- is a mother and an RN working in a hospital setting. She’s passionate about nursery rhymes and writing and supporting other women in her community to have a voice in their world. Rita believes that every woman has a talent which she needs to use to make her life and the life of her family fun and more interesting. She’s s a contributing writer for www.kachytv.com/blog and innovative about the impact mothers, teachers and women and men can make in the lives of their children and family.