If your child is less than an year old even then this home remedy will be safe and useful. Take a clean muslin cloth and put about one teaspoon of carom seeds in the middle. Wrap the cloth around the carom seeds like a ball and secure this ball shaped pouch very loosely by a rubber band. Heat this seed pouch in microwave or with the help of a hot iron and place it on the chest of the baby. Please make sure that the seed pouch is not very hot before placing it on baby’s body. You can reheat this pouch once it has cooled off. The aroma of carom seeds helps in clearing the phlegm clogged in respiratory tracts.
Remove the shells of eight or nine nutmeg and grind the seeds. Make sure that the seeds are grinded finely into a powder. Take this powder and add little fresh water in it enough to make a thick paste. Apply this paste on the chest of the baby; this will help clear the congestion in the chest. This is a very good remedy for infants with cold. You can also apply this paste on the back of the baby.
Lay the baby on the back and very gently massage the chest. Then put the baby chest down on the bed and massage the back of the baby very gently. Massage the back by applying mild pressure up and down the spine. This will help clear the congestion in the chest.
This is again a very helpful method of treating cold in infants and small children. Heat some water in a pan. Add few drops of eucalyptus essential oil in it. You can also add two tablespoon of dried lavender. Place the pan in front of you and place the baby on your lap in such a way that the hot steam vapors are inhaled by the child. You have to be very careful. You can also cover yourself and the baby with a blanket with the pan inside the blanket. The hot steam will help clear the congestion. Keep your full attention on the baby and the pan. You can also use steam vaporizers used in home facials for the same purpose, they are much safer.
Ginger, basil, honey mix:
This remedy is helpful in treating cold in infants and children. Take fresh ginger juice, honey and basil leaves and make a paste out of it. For infants, add ¼ teaspoon of this mix in little milk or whatever liquid you child is having. This mix is helpful in eliminating the clogged mucous and treat cough from within.
Put few drops of real eucalyptus oil in olive oil and rub it with light hands on the chest, back and throat of the baby to ease cold and blockage. You can also rub two drops of eucalyptus oil on the pillow of the infant so that the aroma of the oil can help clear the congestion. Eucalyptus oil is an excellent remedy for cold for all.
Get a cupful of fresh basil leaves. Wash them thoroughly and boil them in a liter water. Let it boil till only one cup remains. Strain this water, remove the leaves, and add the juice of half lemon in it. Let it cool and store it in air tight container. Let your child have three to four teaspoon of basil juice in morning and even at night. Basil has miraculous healing properties and it will help heal the cold and cough in your child.