FC suggests: Mother’s milk should ideally be exclusive to baby till the first 6 months, and we, at FirstCry, support the Breast is Best cause. In cases where you feel your baby needs some medication or oral method to get relief, we strongly suggest you visit baby’s doctor and check before administering any oral remedies or medicines, even gripe water.
We asked the ever-helpful parents on our SOS Mom forum to help and here are the tips and suggestions they had to share.
1. Keep the baby warm.
2. Apply Vicks vaporub generously on the bottom of your child’s feet and put on their socks. Apply vaporub on the chest and back gently. Cover the baby’s back with cotton.
3. Crush a few tulsi leaves in your fingers and administer drops of tulsi juice and honey twice a day for two to three days.
4. Take the baby into a steamed room for 5 minutes each 2 to 3 times a day for about 3 days. Keep the baby away from the steamer, though.
5. Make a garlic ki maala and put it on the baby. It might smell but it will cure the toughest cold.
6. Heat mustard oil with a little ajwain (carom seeds) and rub the baby’s chest, back and toes with it. You can also add garlic or a few cloves and methi (fenugreek) seeds.
7. Take a small amount of Vicks and coconut oil in a spoon and warm it. Apply the mixture on your baby’s chest, throat, nose and forehead. Cover and keep the baby warm.
8. Heat ajwain seeds on a roti pan till they turn black and make a potli out of it (you could also use salt). Use it to give warm compresses to your baby.
9. Consult a homeopathic practitioner.
10. Add the juice of some tulsi leaves to your breast milk and give one spoon full to your baby.
11. Heat up a little original camphor (from tree bark) in a little coconut oil. It will become like a paste. Apply it on your baby’s feet, chest and back.
12. Mix hing (asafoetida) in warm water and apply on the chest.
13. Add half a teaspoon of honey in the milk and give it three times a day (Note: honey may not be recommended in babies below 6 month).
14. Take 1 teaspoon of almond oil and mix 5 to 6 drops of concentrated eucalyptus oil. At night put it in a small bowl of boiled water and keep it in the baby’s room, possibly underneath the crib
15. A 3-month old baby can’t have anything except breast milk. Please follow your doctor’s instructions strictly. Keep your baby warm and wrapped to avoid exposure but ensure it does not get over heated. Focus on breastfeeding. It will help build immunity.
16. The nebulizer works best.
17. Don’t wait too long before taking your child to the doctor. They might need an antibiotic. You can practice all these home remedies along with the pediatrician’s recommendations. In infants less than 6 months old, it is not advised to let them suffer from a cough for long as they can get pneumonia very quickly.
With special thanks to these parents :
Sapna J Biswas, Rachna Sehgal, Gunjan Soni Gandhi, Kuheli Khan, Archana Wakude, Richa Sharma, Sofia Fredrick, Radhika Dhanrajani, Nutan Menon, Shagun Chaudhary, Amitoj Bhatia, Madhuri Gupta, Sukanya Sengupta, Sommya Singh, Kanchan Sharma, Vijayalakshmi Shanmugam, Sonam Nigam, Uma Karthikeyan, Shweta Anshul Jain, Sakshi Abbey Bhatnagar, Haritha Srikanth, Kshirja Aryan, Zindgi Rock, Delima Boim, Sinduja PradeepKumar, Mahathi Ramakrishna, Neha Singla Johri, Roop S Dhamrait, Swathi Chandra, Tulika Taank, Falguni Shah, Rashmi Shanbhag, Priya Misra, Priya Misra, Sarla Amit Kumar, Neha Verma, Shweta Dua, Neha Kumra, Ketki Gupte Ambegaonkar, Amit Kour, Preet Sharma, Swathi Chandra, Rashmi Kabibar
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