Seasonal change brings a sense of discomfort in the mind of mother. Yes! You got me right. I am talking about the monstrous cold and cough, which keeps coming back often, as soon as there is a weather change. One needs to be more cautious especially during winter and monsoon season as the viral infections are at peak.
Being a first time mom, I have learnt and made sure to adopt the below precautionary measures and follow it religiously whenever my little angel is unwell.
- Protect from weather change:
Kids are more prone to seasonal changes as their immunity levels are low and still developing. Whenever there is moisture in air and chill can be felt, chances of encountering with viruses are high as bacterial infections stay longer in moist environment. In such cases, dress them appropriately and if possible avoid staying outside for longer period.
- Proper rest:
We all know how difficult it is to make a child sit at one place. But to let him recover faster, make sure to let him rest properly and hence keep distractions at bay. A proper rested kid recovers faster than an active kid.
- Drink plenty of fluids:
Water is one of the best drink which flushes out all the toxins out of your body. Once you have cold, being dehydrated makes your mucus drier and hence will worsen the situation. Drinking fluids will loosen it and will flush the bacterial infections out.
- Stay warm during cold season:
Remember granny saying wear your socks and jackets and stay warm else you will have cold. We start shivering once we feel cold wave. Do you know why? It’s a sign from our body indicating its vulnerability to infections. Hence, it’s signaling to layer ourselves to maintain body heat. Since kids are young enough to understand the signal, we need to make sure that we dress them appropriately and keep them warm and cozy.
- Watch your diet:
Food plays an important role in our lifestyle and hence needs to be customized according to season. Avoid eating and drinking stuffs which have cooling effects like dahi, lassi, bananas, rice etc. when you have encountered cold and cough. I still believe into age old principles and have experienced the change when for that given period these foods were avoided. Nowadays, doctors don’t ask you to make changes into your diet as the antibiotics recommended by them takes care of virus and hence no need to change your diet. However, if you want to avoid medications and adopt home remedies for such infections it’s advisable to take precautions.
Apart from above precautionary tips, hereby I am listing three tried and tested, age old home remedies (also known as “Dadi Maa ke nuske”) which works wonders on my little kiddo.
- Ginger, Tulsi, honey water:
½ inch ginger
4 leaves of Tulsi
2 Cloves (Laung) pieces
1 small Cardamon (Elaichi)
2 pc whole black pepper (Kali Mirch)
1 tbsp Honey/ 1 small ball of crystallised sugar lump (Mishri)
1 cup of water
This is very easy and effective remedy to ooze off cold and cough from the body. Put all the above mentioned ingredients in boiling water except honey. Let it boil till you are left with ¼ cup of water. Strain the mixture and mix honey into it. Let your kiddo sip on this water when it’s lukewarm.
Benefits: Immediate relief from cold and cough, No side effects and can be given to little ones above one year of age.
Please Note: If your child is allergic to honey add Mishri to the boiling water to make it sweet so that they will willingly drink it and you don’t need to struggle with them to do so.
- Turmeric Milk:
1 glass cow milk
1 tsp of turmeric
1 tsp honey/mishri (optional)
Turmeric is one of the best antibiotic medicine and perfect cure for cold and cough. Boil Milk and add turmeric into it. Simmer the stove and let it boil for 1 min. Put off the gas and let it sit till it’s lukewarm. Add honey/mishri to it and let your child sip it.
Benefits: Nutritional benefits of milk and turmeric will fight back bacterial infections of cold and cough and will provide relief to the kid. Keep giving it twice a day and you can see the difference.
- Honey with turmeric:
1 tsp honey
A pinch of turmeric
Take honey in the spoon and warm it a bit and then mix a pinch of turmeric into it. When it’s warm give it to your little one and see the magic happen. The bacterial infections will start reducing and relieve your little one from sore throat and irritation.
Benefits: It’s tasty and kids love to have it as the sweetness of honey keep tempting them to have more and more and you will reduce your fuss.