Cough, a common health problem of infants, is a healthy and important reflex that helps to protect the airways in the throat and chest. It can be the result of a respiratory tract infection such as cold, bronchitis, pneumonia etc.; infants less than 6 months old are easily affected by this type of infection. Changing weather can also cause a cough and cold in your newborn. The baby may have a mild fever and may vomit mucus while coughing. In addition, he can have trouble falling asleep but once asleep will not cough.
Generally, cough among infants is due to the common cold and may lasts up to two weeks; (1) if it persists, there is something serious that needs medical treatment immediately.
Dealing with cough in infants becomes easier if you are aware of some natural remedies. These remedies are far better than over the counter drugs.
Home Remedies for Baby Coughing:
1. Saffron for Coughing:
If your baby is above 4 months of age, give him 1-2 strands of kesar or saffron mixing with lukewarm water. Saffron helps to remove mucus associated with cough.
2. Ginger Juice with Honey:
Another remedy of cough is use of ginger juice with honey. You can apply it for the baby above 6 months of age. Take a small piece of ginger, peel it and grate to extract its juice. After extracting juice of ginger, mix ¼ tsp of ginger juice and 1 tsp of honey and ingest to your baby. Ginger is a good expectorant and cures cough successfully.
3. Carom Seeds for Coughing in Infants:
Carom seeds (ajwain) water is also good to cure baby’s cough. Simply boil 10-12 seeds of carom in a cup of water for 5-8 minutes on low heat; you can add some jaggery also. Give 1 tsp of this water to your baby by every two hours gap. This home remedy can be applied on the infants who have started to take solid food.
However, consult your pediatrician first and take proper care of your baby.
4. Other Tips:
Some small tips may also help to control cough in infants, like-
a. Regular breast feeding works as a remedy for infants. Breast milk is a super natural medicine that prevents a newborn baby from common health problems.
b. Raise your baby’s head up; it helps to stabilize the flow of his breath.
c. Massage with mustard oil also helps in coughing; warm some mustard oil with garlic clove and massage your baby’s chest, feet, palms and back.
d. Apply nutmeg (jaiphal) water on the chest; simply rub nutmeg on a clean rough stone with a teaspoon water and apply lukewarm on the chest and cover with cloths.
Mostly, coughing in infants get better in a few days with proper care and simple remedies. However, if infant’s cough is accompanied with cold, fever, wheezing, you should visit the doctor immediately.