How To Cure Fever, Cold, Cough & Congestion In Babies – Home Remedies

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Our daughter fell ill last Sunday as she had a combo of fever, cold, cough and congestion which made her lose weight, tired and weak. I and my husband had been taking care of her day and night , that’s why , I couldn’t write or even think about my blog at that time. 5 days of sleeplessness , worries and tiredness for us !! Thank god , she is recovering and her immunity and energy levels have gone up now !! :)

Now that she is sleeping, I thought of writing a post on how to tackle fever, cold, cough and congestion in babies and toddlers. All these have been tried and tested on my baby , so there is no harm in trying out for your son/daughter.

  • We gave her Calpol syrup prescribed by her doctor every 4-6 hrs and monitored her temperature every 2-3 hours as her temp. kept fluctuating between 99-102 degree Celsius . If the temp. exceeds 102 degrees, you should rush to the hospital for consultation .
  • 2-3 drops of saline nasal solution were instilled to her twice a day
  • She was breastfed on demand, wasn’t even accepting cooled boiled water
  • I tried banana porridge, bananas steamed , she vomited everything; so I stopped giving those .
  • On the third day, I started giving vegetable soups for her, thank lord, she started accepting it
  • On the third day, she was taken to hospital for checkup , medicines were prescribed
  • For the next few days, she was fed on soups, cooled boiled water and breast milk.
  • Slowly started with half a steamed banana and milk
WHAT ARE THE HOME REMEDIES USED DURING THIS TIME ?
 
  •  While sleeping , her head was kept raised with the help of pillows so that she could breathe easily
  • Heat a tava and dry roast 5 garlic pods and 2 tsps of ajwain. Once roasted , make a pouch out of it in a clean muslin/ wash cloth. This pouch was warmed , and rubbed on baby’s chest and back when she was sleeping. This helps to dissolve the phlegm accumulated in her chest .
  • Water boiled with ajwain can also be given , though my baby didn’t accept it
  • Warm drinkable boiled water was given to her to loosen the phlegm thereby reducing chest congestion
  • A small piece of ginger and 1 tsp honey was crushed , and the juice was given to her. It helped to cure her sore throat
  • I kept vaporizer on in the room with tulsi leaves where she sleeps , so that the moisture helps her to breathe and soften her congested nose

Further reading:

You can also try using the Nasobuddy nasal aspirator if your baby’s nose is blocked with hardened mucus.

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After five days , we bid bye bye to her fever , cold , cough and congestion! Bye Bye germs !! Do share with us what all you did when your LO had fever.

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About Author

Sangeetha is the owner of Bumps n Baby and a super cool mom of a 2 year old princess. Her life revolves around diapers, laptop and kitchen these days as she is mastering the art of multi-tasking .

26 Comments

  1. hello sangeetha g..i’ve a baby of 3 months old she got cold n cough n she totally depend on breastfeeding i dont know what i’ve to do we consult our pediatrician he adviced that we dont give any medicine to baby coz she’s too small to take any medicine just sugested nosil drops n a pediatric drops for cough only n said that it’ll be ok in 7 days but i can’t see her in this condition ..can u plzz suggest any home remedy for this..

  2. Hi sangeetha, I have 16 months old daughter , for the last one week she was having running nose and on and off fever and on and off coughing also. Doctor adviced antibiotic and we completed the course also but after the gap of two days she again started dry coughing heavily (her voice has changed now) specially in the night and again on and off fever (99.99 temp). Plz guide us we are worried.

    • Zubair,

      The body of a child is subjected to weaknesses especially after the usage of anti biotics. The immunity takes time to kick back to its original shape. But it will. Since the weather is changing all over it can affect children too. If the temperature fluctautes , consult a pediatrician immediately as it might be a viral infection. If its fine, give her warm water, warm foods and give her rest. Give her foods which she likes and keep her hydrated.

  3. Hi Sangeetha .
    …yo doing great job….very helpful…here s a tip from my grany,heat 1spoon of coconut oil add a pinch of carpur to it..let the oil come to room temperature apply to baby feet, chest ……I did it wen my daughter hetuyukta got cold and fever …

  4. Hi Sangeetha,
    FIRST OF ALL I WOULD LIKE TO THANK FOR YOUR WONDERFUL SERVICE OF SHARING YOUR USEFUL INFO. . .

    I AM A MOM OF 1.5 YEAR LOVELY GIRL . . FOR THE PAST 2 DAYS SHE S SUFFERING FROM FEVER(NO COUGH N COLD) WHICH IS BETWEEN 100 – 101 . SHE S VERY TIRED AND NOT EATING PROPERLY. . HER ACTIVENSS REDUCED. . . AM FEEDING HER ALSO. . I AM GIVING PARACETAMOL SYRUP AND ANTIBIOTIC, BUT FEVER IS RECCURING . .
    AM REALLY WORRIED TO SEE MY KIDDO LIKE THIS.
    PLS SUGGEST ME SOME TIPS TO TAKE CARE OF HER PLS. . WAITIN FOR UR RESPONSE. .

    • Rajeswari,

      The climate is now changing, the intense summer is flaring up, hence the germs also get stronger. Thats why recovery takes longer.

      What you can do is , take a cloth in rectangular shape and dip in normal water. Keep this on baby’s forehead and rub it over baby’s body every 3 hours. This can help a lot to bring down the temperature.

      Babies during fever doesnt like to have anything just like adults as the tastebuds are also inactive. Keep feeding soups if she accepts. Breastfeed as and when you can , it boosts immunity. Keep giving the paracetomol/calpol syrup given by the doctor every 4 hours.

      I am sure your baby will recover fast. Take care.

  5. Hi Sangeetha,

    Ur blog is really useful for me . I am a new mom. My son Harshan is now 6 weeks old.
    Past 4 days he’s having cold n cough. I can’t see him suffering. Its really a painful to me. He difficult to breath during night and
    while feeding he’s having cough tat makes him v.tried. I am using nostril drop to him which dr suggested. Anything else should I follow. Give me a suggestion.

  6. Hi I have been going through your pages really very interesting and informative too, my daughter is 9mths old but every month by
    Second eee she gets cold I don’t knoe why and by a week or two is goes of she was never like this before because of this she is loosing weight pls help

    • Bhavya,

      It indicates her low immunity or exposure to cold in her chest. If she is on breastfeed, continue that. Give her antioxidants daily in the form of eggs, avocado, bell pepper, turmeric etc in her foods. Also wipe her hands and mouth using wipes.

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  8. Hi,
    My baby is eleven months old.He has been down with fever for three days.The temp varies from 99.9-101.5.The doctor had prescribed crocin drops and later started with ibugesic every six hours.I still see that the fever is recurring.
    Please advise .

  9. What if the mother catches cold and doesnt want to give it to the baby? How can we prevent that? Can breast milk transfer cold to the kid?

  10. Of course, you should always call your pediatrician if your child's problem seems serious. But the next time your child has a minor ache or injury, you can find these smart solutions all throughout your house.

  11. Drinking plenty of fluids (In their case, mostly, it's milk or just plain water) helps prevent dehydration and flushes and thins your child's nasal secretions.
    Also, a vapor rubs may help kids sleep better at night. Many of us remember being rubbed with a potent eucalyptus, camphor, and menthol vapor rub when we were sick as children. Research suggests that these ingredients actually have no effect on nasal congestion, but they make the cold sufferer feel as though she's breathing better by producing a cooling sensation in the nose.

    • Heyy thats a real cool idea Anna .. I did that too so that she feels refreshed , will add this point in my post for sure ..Welcome to Bumps n baby ..How about your kiddo ? Do share with us..:)

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