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Food Superheroes To Fight A Cold

  • October 14, 2020
  • MKB Team



Did you know what COLD stands for? Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease. Well, we too were surprised with this rather hard-hitting description.


Oral over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicines can cause serious harm to young children. The risks of using these medicines is more than any help the medicines might have in reducing cold symptoms.

Luckily, you can easily treat coughs and colds in children without these medicines.

Home Remedies

A good home remedy is safe, does not cost a lot, and can help your child feel better. They are also found in almost every home.

Here is how you can treat your child's symptoms with natural home remedies:

Home Remedies For Babies Up To 6 Months

1. Breast Milk

There is no better ingredient to turn to or depend upon but Mother Nature’s antidote of all possible diseases in infants. Make sure your child his having her fill with your milk even when she is suffering from the common cold. Her appetite might be less, so feed her less at a time and feed her more often. Breast milk will work its wonders when it hits your child’s system and speeds up the healing in its way.

2. Squirt Breast Milk in Nose

A few tiny drops will do. This will work exactly like a nasal drop and will clear the passage in an instant. But resort to this only when your child is suffering a lot. Otherwise, stick to this next home ingredient.

3. Saline Water

You can make it at home by adding a pinch of salt to some amount of water. Then, put a few drops of this mixture in the blocked nose of your child. Saline water will help to unblock a stuffy nose and restore normalcy in your life.

4. Garlic & Ajwain Fumes

Garlic is a very powerful medicine with anti-bacterial properties. Ajwain (carom seeds) also kills viruses and bacteria. Roast 2–3 big cloves of garlic and put a few pinches of Ajwain on Tawa for just one minute. Let the mixture cool down and keep it near your child. The fumes will work wonders for your child and that blocked nose will vanish. Again, a remedy for the extreme conditions!

5. Light Steam

Naturally, you cannot take your baby near-boiling water but you can bring the boiling water to your baby. Heat some water in a pan up to a boil and let it sit beside your child. The steam will fill the room up, heat things up, and let the accumulated mucus flow out. This will shoo that common cold right away.

6. Keep babies head elevated

Babies feel difficulty in sleeping when suffering from blocked nose and cold. Elevate your baby’s head with the help of pillow or cushion while she is sleeping to minimize her discomfort. Sleep is the best cure to cold and she needs to be at peace to sleep better.

7. Hot Oil Massage

Light massage of hot mustard or coconut oil will help your baby to get relief from her cough and cold. You may heat the coconut oil with drumstick leaves or add a few tulsi to turn your potion herbal. Do massage on the chest and back of your baby and allow the heat to seep into her infected areas.

All the remedies to fight your baby’s cold (7 MONTHS & above) are hidden right in your kitchen

A common cold is a viral infection of your baby's nose and throat. Nasal congestion and a runny nose are the main indicators of a cold.

Babies are especially susceptible to the common cold because they have yet to develop immunity to many common infections. Within the first year of life, most babies have up to seven colds; they may have more if they're in child care centres.

Treatment for the common cold in babies involves easing their symptoms, such as by providing fluids, keeping the air moist and helping them keep their nasal passages open. Very young infants must see a doctor at the first sign of the common cold to make sure croup, pneumonia or other more serious illnesses aren't present.

Occasional cold is unavoidable, but there are multiple home remedies to ease your child suffering from this cold. Now, the most important factor here is to treat your baby as per their age. The secrets of these age-old home remedies are in your kitchen cabinet itself. Come on, let’s explore your kitchen cabinet in depth!


1. Dry roasted turmeric rub

The antibacterial properties of turmeric make it an effective solution to treat cough and cold naturally. Take a dried turmeric root, burn it and make a turmeric powder from it. Apply turmeric paste (turmeric powder & few drops of water) on the baby’s nose to help her get relief from blocked nose.

2. Use VapoRub

Rub VapoRub to the bottom of your baby’s feet and chest at night, cover her feet with cotton socks. Your baby will get instant relief from cough. VapoRub does not remove congestion, it makes the baby feel better with its cooling action.

3. Tulsi Water

Tulsi juice helps to get relief from cough, cold and fever. Boil a few leaves of tulsi in water & give this water to your baby or you can add 2–3 spoons of tulsi water into the baby's milk.

4. Boiled water with cumin seeds

Cumin seeds have essential oils that can prevent viral infections & help to cure cough & congestion. Cumin seeds strengthen the immune system as well. Boil cumin seeds in water & give it to your baby when lukewarm.

5. Carrot Juice

Carrot juice contains essential nutrients, a rich source of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Nutrients found in carrot juice helps to control coughing. Extract the juice from fresh carrots, dilute it with filtered water & feed it to your little one.

6. Warm Vegetable Soup

Give seasonal vegetable soup, Kala channa soup, dal soup or tomato soup to your baby. Warm soups give warmth to your baby’s chest and throat and the nutrients of the vegetables will also reach her to add on to her fighting strength.


1. Honey with Lukewarm water

Honey can be given to children above one year of age. Just give one spoon of honey with lukewarm water for best results. You can also dissolve honey in warm water and add a few pieces of ginger in it. Even garlic works wonders to bring down that cold.

2. Jaggery, Cumin, Black Pepper Soup

Boil cumin seeds (jeera) in one glass of water. Add some ground black pepper and jaggery for sweetness. It’s an effective and safe remedy for cold and cough.

3. Turmeric Milk

Turmeric milk is the remedy for all ages. Serve the milk hot with some turmeric in it and let it act on that cold. 2-3 glasses for 3 days and all that suffering will vanish.

4. Betel & Tulsi Leaves

Boil betel and tulsi leaves together for 5 minutes in one glass of water. Give the syrup to your child 2-3 times a day. It will soothe the itching sensation in the throat and also act on the infection.

5. Bhindi Soup

Take exactly one bhindi (ladyfinger) and cut into small pieces. Boil it in one cup of water for 5 minutes until you see a thick soup-like formation. This simple recipe is effective in curing cold for your little one.

Have you tried any of these magic potions to cure your baby’s cold? Do you have a secret potion that works as well as our magic ones? Spill the beans in the comments below!

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