Babies are more vulnerable to infections and seasonal changes than kids and adults. Seeing how there is no predictive pattern of weather and the increasing rate of infectious diseases, you should be more careful about your little one’s health. The most common problem that concerns most new parents is cough and cold. While doctors and medicines are there to provide relief, it’s better to try a couple of home remedies for cold and cough for babies also.

Do not worry much if you aren’t aware of the “gharelu nuskas”. Going forward, we have illustrated the five best home remedies with which you can treat your baby’s cough and cold problem.

Massage with lukewarm mustard oil

One of the best Indian home remedies for cold and cough in newborn babies and toddlers is rubs or massages with mustard oil. This particular vegetable oil is quite prevalent in India and is one of the staple ingredients in the kitchen. Therefore, you won’t have to wait for the shop to open to get this. Heat the oil till it is lukewarm, then apply it over the chest, back, under feet, and on your baby’s palms. Ensure the oil is not too hot. Also, use only a little amount of oil and rub the area to create friction. The heat generated will increase oil absorption and better effectiveness. It’s better to use this one remedy at night.

Turmeric milk

Turmeric is considered a natural source of antibiotics, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory components. Therefore, mixing turmeric paste with warm milk will help reduce the symptoms of cough can cold in your baby. However, this home remedy is applicable for babies above one year. Give this early morning empty stomach so that turmeric can do its magic and offer relief. If you don’t want to give up in the morning, you can opt for a before-bedtime schedule.

Homemade Khada

One of the most potent and effective Indian home remedies for cold and cough in newborn babies is the age-old khada containing:
1. Ginger finely chopped
2. Peppercorns crushed
3. Fresh tulsi leaves
4. Bay leaves
5. Crushed cloves
6. Rock candy

Boil water and add all these ingredients. Allow the juice to reduce and thicken up a bit. Use a strainer to filter the water and let the juice become lukewarm. Now feed this to your baby. It starts working pretty fast, and soon your kid will get relief.

Porridge and soups

Porridge and soups increase the water content in your baby’s body and prevent the sign of dehydration. As the water balance is restored, nutrients can easily reach the target cells to reduce bacterial or viral infection.

Honey with warm water and citrus juice

Honey is antimicrobial, while citrus juice can increase the body’s immunity power. Since babies hate this combination, mix them in warm water and feed them to your child.


Now that you are aware of the major home remedies for cold and cough for babies, we are certain that you won’t have any problem trying out these techniques. Results might not be instant, but these remedies are certainly effective.


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