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The 10 Best Home Remedies To Ease Your Child’s Cough:- If the weather is changing and especially during the winter season, cold and cough are most common in kids. Cough can be painful and may keep your child awake all night.
Common cold, asthma, respiratory tract infection or sinusitis are the common causes of cough. Difficulty in breathing, stuffy nose, difficulty in swallowing, fever and wheezing are the common symptoms of cough. It is generally not advisable to give you child over-the-counter medicines as it is not safe for them and may cause side effects.
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Comfort your child’s cough with the available ingredients from your kitchen. There are several home remedies that are safe for your kid and are really effective. So, here are some of the best home remedies for cough for kids.
A) Apple Cider Vinegar And Honey
The apple cider vinegar is used in many home remedies and is also effective against cough. The cough is reduced with the honey and also soothes the throat.
Take a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and to it add in a teaspoon of honey. Mix well and ask your child to drink it. This will provide instant relief from cough.
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An excellent remedy for cough and sore throat is honey. It is generally not recommended for kids younger than one year old though.
Give half a teaspoon of honey to kids younger than two years of age and two teaspoons of honey to kids more than 10 years old.
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One of the most effective remedy to relieve chest congestion and a stuffy nose is steam.
Take hot water in a bowl and ask your child to inhale the steam for about 10 minutes. You can also add eucalyptus oil in hot water.
D) Turmeric Milk
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Turmeric is an effective medicine for infections like cold and cough, due to its antiseptic properties.
Take a glass of warm milk and add in a teaspoon of turmeric. Stir it and let your kid drink it at night. This drink provides quick relief for sore throat and cough.
E) Eucalyptus Oil
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In many vapor rubs, Eucalyptus oil is one of the main ingredients. It opens up the stuffy nose and eases breathing.
Put a few drops of eucalyptus oil in warm water and ask your child to inhale the steam. Also, put some eucalyptus oil in the bedding when your child goes to sleep. This will suppress the cough and help your baby sleep peacefully.
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Garlic is a miracle herb and has many health benefits. It is also effective in treating cold and cough. You can use this home remedy for kids above the age of four.
Take two garlic pods, peel them and put it in a cup of hot water. Let the garlic steep in the hot warm for about 10 minutes. Let it cool, strain it and give this drink to your kid every two hours.
G) Salt Water Gargle
Soothe your child’s sore throat by gargling with warm water with salt. Teach your child to properly gargle or else he/she may end up drinking the water.
Take a glass of warm water and add a teaspoon of salt in it. Now, gargle using this salty warm water. You can also add in a little amount of turmeric in the water and use it for gargle.
H) Chicken Soup
Warm chicken soup relieves chest congestion, reduces cough and soothes sore throat. It contains anti-inflammatory properties and is effective against cold and cough.
Make chicken soup and give it to your child. The chicken soup can be made to have for children above the age of 10 months.
I) Carom Seeds
Carom seeds, also known as ajwain in Hindi, help relieve chest congestion.
Take a teaspoon of ajwain seeds and add it to a pan of water. Bring the water to boil. Take a small towel and place it above the boiling water to warm it up. Make sure you do not dip the towel in the water. Now, place the warm towel on your child’s chest. This will help ease the cough. Your room should be insulated, while you do this.
J) Holy Basil And Honey
An efficient home remedy for the treatment of cough and cold is tulsi or holy basil.
Take few tulsi leaves and add it to a cup of water. Boil the water and then let it cool. Now, strain it and add a little honey. Give this drink to your child.