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

Posted on Aug 16 2013 - 10:00am by Sangeetha Menon

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
  •  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

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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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 .

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  1. bhavya February 10, 2015 at 4:03 PM - Reply

    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

    • Sangeetha Menon February 10, 2015 at 4:19 PM - Reply


      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.

  2. Bhawna Sood December 17, 2014 at 11:17 AM - Reply

    Thanks Sangeetha for useful tips..

  3. elizabeth June 26, 2014 at 10:41 AM - Reply

    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 .

    • Sangeetha Menon June 26, 2014 at 11:56 AM - Reply

      Hi Elizabeth ,

      Fever do persist for days as its viral. Keep giving medicines , light food and rest. If the temp.goes beyond 102 rush to doc. Dont worry ..

  4. Aish March 27, 2014 at 11:36 AM - Reply

    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?

  5. yamuna balamurugan February 12, 2014 at 5:33 PM - Reply

    hi sangee thanks a lot , i followed the second home remedies , it workeda lot.

  6. reshma shabeer November 8, 2013 at 9:24 PM - Reply

    hi sangeetha
    pls adjust the social bar.cant see the first portion

    • Bumpsnbaby November 9, 2013 at 2:31 PM - Reply

      Can you see it now , Reshma ?

  7. Aubrey Madrona November 6, 2013 at 3:43 PM - Reply

    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.

    • Bumpsnbaby November 6, 2013 at 9:19 PM - Reply

      Thanks alot Aubrey.. You have given loads of useful info :):) Thanks alot for commenting

  8. Aubrey Madrona November 6, 2013 at 2:17 PM - Reply

    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.

  9. Anna September 2, 2013 at 1:36 AM - Reply

    Give her a nice warm water shower so she feels refreshed

    • Bumpsnbaby September 2, 2013 at 10:31 AM - Reply

      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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