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July 25, 2022 2 min read

You may be surprised to know that the average baby will catch six to eight colds in their first year! Colds are particularly common in newborns, as their immune systems are still developing. While most colds are not caused for concern, it’s important to monitor symptoms closely and know when to seek treatment.

It's the middle of the monsoon and flu season is in full swing. If your baby is one of the unlucky ones who come down with a cold or cough, don't panic! Fortunately, there are several home remedies that can help ease your child’s symptoms and make them more comfortable. 

In this blog, we'll discuss six different home remedies that you can use for colds and coughs in babies aged 0 to 6 months old. We'll also provide a few tips on how to administer them safely and effectively. Keep reading for all the details.

The Best Home Remedies for Colds & Coughs

If your baby is under 6 months old and has a cold, there are a few home remedies you can try to help them feel better.

Here are six of our favourites:

  • Steam inhalation: Place your baby in a safe spot and direct a steam vaporizer or hot shower to their face. This will help loosen up mucus and relieve congestion.
  • Saline drops: If your baby isn't drinking milk, try using a saline nasal spray or bulb syringe to clear their nose and help them breathe better. Add a few saline drops to your baby's nose to help clear out mucus and congestion. 
  • Use a humidifier: If your baby is having trouble sleeping because of their cold or cough, you can try using a humidifier in their room to help loosen up the mucus and make it easier to breathe. You can also put a few drops of eucalyptus or lavender oil in the humidifier to help them relax and get some rest.
  • Keep the baby hydrated: Finally, keep your baby hydrated by giving them plenty of fluids such as water, juice, and broth. And if your baby's cold lasts for more than a week, be sure to take them to see their paediatrician.
  • Breast Milk: For babies under 6 months old, the best home remedy for a cold or cough is breast milk or formula. Breast milk has effective chemical elements to fight minor infections naturally.
  • Keep them warm: Finally, don't forget to keep them warm—especially if they're sneezing and coughing a lot. You can put them in some lightweight pyjamas and socks, and wrap them in a warm blanket.

Conclusion

While colds and coughs are common in newborns, it's important to monitor your child's symptoms closely and know when to seek treatment. We hope that these home remedies will provide relief for your child. Stay tuned with Toys4all for more informative blogs on parenting.


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