Common Home Remedies Every Mom Should Know

With family units becoming smaller, we don’t have the luxury of grandmas living with us and who can provide us with common home remedies for almost any ailment. Every time our children so much as catch a cold, we run to the nearest health clinic seeking medical help. This could be avoidable if moms knew some common home remedies. The following home remedies are time tested and have worked to everybody’s satisfaction!

Home remedies for common cold: Children are very susceptible and they catch the cold virus at the drop of a hat. And with the monsoon in full swing and the weather change, it is common for kids to catch a cold and cough. We’ve compiled a list of “Granny’s Remedies” for all you moms!

Common Cold

Here are a few home remedies to deal with common cold:

  1. Grate a 1 inch piece of fresh ginger in two glasses of water and bring it to boil. Cool it and add a teaspoon of honey and a few drops of lemon juice. Strain the mixture and drink it warm. This is known to reduce all the discomfiture associated with cold.
  2. For nose blocks add a few fresh leaves of eucalyptus in water and bring it boil. Inhaling the steam from this boiled water can unblock the nose.
  3. Cold is almost always accompanied by body aches, a mild fever and loss of appetite. But the body needs fluids. Taking in as much as fluids as possible and resting well under a warm blanket helps a lot to get rid of the cold.

Home remedy for cough and sore throat: The best possible home remedy for sore throat is to gargle. Heat water to make it bearably hot and add common salt to it and let it dissolve well. Gargling twice or even thrice a day with this helps alleviate the suffering.

Kids love getting wet in the rain! If the hair has not been dried properly, it can lead to dandruff in the rainy season. Here are some simple effective ways to battle that dandruff.

Home remedies for getting rid of dandruff:

  1. Take a cup of curd and add a teaspoon of pepper into it. Mix well and apply it the scalp thoroughly. Let it remain for an hour before washing it off. Continue this treatment every fourth day to permanently getting rid of dandruff.
  2. Yet another remedy is to add the juice of 1 full lime to 3 tablespoons of coconut oil. Mix well and apply this mixture to the scalp. Wash it off with any shampoo after an hour.

Home remedy for diaper rash: Diaper rashes are very common in infants. The best home remedy for this is to bathe the baby in warm water with 2 table spoons of baking soda added to it. In fact place the baby in the tub filled with this water for 10 minutes or so before toweling him. It works like magic.

Home remedies for diarrhea:

  1. The first and the most obvious solution would be to replace the fluids lost. Make sure that the fluid intake in times such as this is more than the usual. Do not wait till the children begin to show signs of dehydration.
  2. Bananas are good to get rid of diarrhea. Take ripe bananas and mash them well if you need to provide this remedy for an infant or a toddler.
  3. Roast cumin seeds and powder them. Mix it in curd well. Consuming this helps get rid of diarrhea.

Home remedies to get rid of ear wax:  Add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in to the ear using an eye dropper. The hydrogen peroxide acts on the hardened wax and softens it. You can do this twice a day for two days, after which gently remove the softened ear wax with a soft cloth or cotton bud.

Home remedies for constipation:

  1. Eating fiber rich fruits like apples, oranges, guavas, grapes, papaya and figs help getting rid of constipation by clearing the bowel movements.
  2. Drinking a lot of water helps soften the stools and get rid of constipation.
  3. Eating vegetables with a lot of fiber content like cabbage, cauliflower, and greens like spinach help cure constipation.

Home remedies for fever: Fever with body temperatures rising to 102 degrees is not uncommon in children. Getting a fever only shows that the body is fighting some infection. Children are more prone to get fever more often than adults because their immune system is still weak. While it is a good thing to go get the help of a medical professional when the fever does not abate, here are a few tips to get rid of it using some home remedies.

  1. Cold compress: Provide relief by sponging with a cold compress. Use lukewarm water or normal water (not cold or refrigerated).
  2. Do not cover the children with thick blankets or bed sheets or cover their legs and head. Dress the children in lose clothes.
  3. Crush or grind a few pods of garlic in a blender and apply the garlic paste to the sole of the feet. This helps reduce the fever.

Always get professional help when the ailment is severe and home remedies don’t work.

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