Colds and coughs are common in children. Exposure to germs and fighting them are not entirely bad because it helps kids develop their immune systems. Helping your child to feel comfortable and ease their symptoms can help them recover quicker. Read on to know more about baby cough remedies that you can try at home.
A regular cough can last up to two weeks. Unless your baby’s cough isn’t extreme or comes with other serious symptoms, the best solution is to offer home remedies. And, cough treatments should only aim to soothe your baby and ease the symptoms. It’s not necessary to try everything in order to stop the coughing immediately.
Keep your Baby’s Head Elevated
If your baby is over 1 year old, arrange something to lift their sleeping area a bit so that they can sleep in a slightly upright position, which allows your baby to breathe better. If your child sleeps in a crib, you can place towels or small pillows between the mattress and the crib.
On the other hand, if your child sleeps in a bed, an extra pillow under their head might do the trick. But, if your baby twists and turns while sleeping, it’s better to raise the head of the mattress instead. This also creates a more gradual and comfortable slope than extra pillows under your baby head.
Be careful to not overcrowd the crib or bed with pillows or other things. Your baby might flip around while sleeping, so make sure to keep checking on your baby. Remember pillows are not recommended for under 1-year-old babies.
Breathing moist or humid air helps loosen the mucus in your baby’s nose. Also, a warm bath after will relax your child. We recommend turning your bathroom as a steam room. Simply run a hot shower, close the door, and sit inside with your baby for 15 minutes before bed and again for 15 minutes in the morning. The steam helps loosen chest and nasal congestion, making it easier for kids to cough or blow it out. While you’re in the steam room, pat on their back to help break up congestion there. You may as well bring their favorite toys or waterproof bath books to make it more fun for both of you and your baby. Your baby is old enough, let them play in the bathtub for some time with you watching them. The steam will help to ease their congestion. Adding no more than one or two drops of eucalyptus, or pine essential oil to the bathwater occasionally may also help.
On the other hand, if you use a humidifier, be sure to clean it often (every 3 days) and according to the manufacturer’s directions. Humidifiers can build up mold, which sprays into the air if they’re not being kept clean. All you need to do is leave the humidifier, cool-mist vaporizer or steamer on in the room where your child is sleeping, resting, or playing. As the air gets more humid, your baby will breathe easier. Make sure your child does not come close to the steam. In the morning, open the windows and air out the room for a bit because the humidity overnight may cause mold to grow.
Because you are not using any medications, so honey might be a better coughing treatment than other over-the-counter stuff. All types of honey can soothe and coat a scratchy throat.
Give your baby a spoon of honey before bedtime. And, if needed, mix it in a cup of warm water or tea. Also, you should add a squeeze of lemon while mixing honey with water, which provides a little bit of vitamin C along with the soothing honey.
However, because honey is a form of sugar, it might damage your baby’s teeth. It’s important that you help them brush their teeth after taking it, especially if you give honey to them before bedtime. Remember your baby must be at least 1 year old in order to try this remedy.
Staying hydrated is especially important when your child is sick. Water helps the body fight illness and keeps airways hydrated. It’s safe to give your baby water when they are over 6 months old.
One way to make sure your child is getting enough water is to let them drink enough one serving of water a day. For example, a one-year-old might need a minimum of 1.3 liters per day. That’s about 44 fluid ounces or the equivalent of 5.5 cups of water.
You should offer water freely (at least every 1 or 2 hours), never force your baby to drink it. If your baby refuses to drink, try to offer them milk instead. In addition, you can also offer popsicles to provide fluids and soothe your baby’s sore throat.
Lots of rest
It takes energy to fight illness, and that can wear a baby out. Therefore, having more resting helps your child to get back their energy and heal more effectively.
Stress can sometimes accompany illness too. If your baby is stressed about something, just give them a break. Maybe it’s just what your baby needs to fight the illness. If your child doesn’t want to rest in bed all day, a change of scenery might help. If the weather is good, you could set up a comfortable place on the balcony or your garden for your baby to rest. With indoor rest, make something more interesting than a bed, like a tent or a pillow fort. Or perhaps, your baby might enjoy a swing or rocking chair more.
Your baby is dealing with one of the earliest tests for their health. And, I’m sure they will get better soon. It’s important to always show them your love and comfort during this time. Do you have other tips to deal with a baby cough? Let us know about it in the comments!