Is your toddler restless and unable to sleep with a bothersome cold? Often, parents do not know what to do in such a situation, but watch helplessly. Treating cold in adults is much easier, but for your toddler you cannot reach out for those over the counter drugs all the time.
The side-effects of these drugs can be harmful to the small child. Here are some simple herbal remedies that will provide relief to your child and keep infection at bay throughout the year.
Effective Herbal Remedies For Toddler Cold
Garlic is known for its antiseptic properties which will help your child’s immune system to get stronger. It contains allocine that stimulates the white blood cells and improves immunity. There is a kind of oil in garlic that opens up the respiratory passage.
Make a soup by boiling a few cloves of garlic in a cup of water. Give a teaspoon of this soup to the toddler two to three times a day. It helps remove the toxins and clears the respiratory passage. Garlic oil is also available in health stores. You can add a few drops into their food as an alternative.
Ginger has special properties that help clear the respiratory passage. For instant relief from the cough that always follows the cold, give your toddler this special preparation. Grate some ginger and boil it a cup of water. Add a few lemon drops and some honey to this solution. Let the toddler take a few sips of this liquid two to three times a day.
Another way is to make so me thin slices of ginger and place them in your toddler’s mouth. But, this can be done only with a toddler who has teeth. Let it suck on this. It helps relieve the throat pain and eases the congestion in the chest, treating the cold in your toddler.
Cinnamon is known for its healing properties. It soothes the pain in the throat that is the result of a persistent cough that follows a cold. Boil a teaspoon of cinnamon powder in a cup of water and add some pepper or honey to it. This sweet mixture will easily be acceptable to your child. Alternatively, Cinnamon oil can be added to their food if they do not like to have the tea. This makes the toddler’s immune system stronger and helps keep the cold at bay.
Turmeric has strong antiseptic properties and has been used for ages to treat wounds and infections. Add a pinch of turmeric powder to a little honey and let the child have a teaspoonful of it. Honey soothes and heals the throat, and adding turmeric to it works wonders for the nasal passages.
Basil is considered a holy herb in India because of its special properties. It helps the immune system to get stronger and is used as a herbal remedy for many ailments. For a quick cure to your cough, make a paste of some basil leaves.
Add this paste to some honey and let the toddler lick this paste slowly. You can also boil some basil leaves in a cup of water, strain this liquid and give it to the toddler after mixing it with some honey. Having this on daily basis keeps the respiratory system clear and keeps the cough and cold away.
Ajwain(Carom Seeds/Thymol Seeds)
Ajwain has special properties and helps open up the respiratory and nasal passage. It can also help reduce the congestion in the chest, the main cause of the nagging cough in your toddler. It can be consumed in powdered form mixed with a little honey.
The honey will help soothe the throat and make it easy to consume this rather strong smelling herb. Another effective way of using ajwain is to put some seeds in a napkin and fold it. Place this napkin on a pan and warm it. Make sure it is not too hot for your toddler’s skin and then place this napkin over the cheat. This is very effective in bringing down the congestion in the chest that is the result of a persisting cold.
Chamomile is a very useful herb in many ailments. For your toddler who cannot sleep because of the cold and running nose, chamomile tea is a good solution. It has a very calming effect and helps the toddler sleep well throughout the night. Chamomile powder is available in health stores and you can prepare a tea by boiling some extract in a cup of water. Strain it and give two to three teaspoon to the toddler at bedtime.
When your toddler has a cold, which happens quite often in children due to lower immunity, it makes you sick with worry. No more of it! Try these simple herbal remedies to treat that cold.
Caution: Please use Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.