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Cough and Cold are the two issues which are common among all the babies. We parents always make sure to protect our little ones as much as we can but babies are vulnerable beings and they sometimes catch the infection in spite of all our hard efforts to protect them.

But whenever it comes to provide relief to my baby I always try to avoid giving allopathic treatment at first place and go with the natural remedies available at my home.

Here I have listed few Home Remedies for Cough and Cold in babies that are safe, trusted, gentle and are being used generation after generation.

1. Herbal Tea

Herbal Tea is an age-old home remedy for cold as well as cough. The antioxidants present in herbal tea helps in fighting germs and infections. Because of this fact, herbal tea is considered as a perfect home remedy for cough and cold. Even if your baby is not suffering from cough and cold you can still serve it to build her immunity.

Recipe of Herbal Tea



  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 small piece of ginger (cut into a few pieces)
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • A pinch of Ajwain
  • 1 teaspoon Honey

Method to make Herbal Tea: 

  1. Take two cups of water
  2. Bring the water to a boil
  3. Add all the ingredients and lower the heat to sim
  4. Let the drink cook until the water reduces to one cup
  5. Strain into a cup and add honey



  1. 2 Cups of Water
  2. 4-5 Leaves of Tulsi
  3. 1 small piece of ginger (cut into a few pieces)
  4. 1 Teaspoon of Honey

Method to make Herbal Tea -same as of Recipe 1

Make your child take a few sips of the herbal tea three times a day. For small babies, you can reduce the quantity of the drink to a few spoons depending on the age of the baby.

(Note: Avoid adding honey if your baby is under one year)

2. Baby Massage: Mustard Oil

Cold and Cough in babies can also be treated by giving mustard oil massage. To prepare this mixture put two cloves, few methi dana and kalonji seeds in mustard oil and let it cook for a couple of minutes. Now apply the lukewarm mustard oil on your baby’s chest, back, feet, palm, and nose at least two to three times a day. The best time to apply this mixture is before putting your baby to sleep as while sleeping the baby will be in a resting state and oil will be able to stay on his body more.

This is another great Home Remedy for Cough and Cold in babies that works absolute wonders.

3. Honey Mixture

(NOTE: Recommended age is 1+)

We all know honey is a traditional medicine that has so many benefits and uses. Honey is also an excellent source to fight germs of cold and cough. Ginger helps to sweat out toxins from the body and pepper is said to stimulate circulation and mucus flow. Honey, when combined with either pepper or ginger, makes a powerful home remedy for treating cough and cold.

Honey and pepper:

Add one pinch of pepper powder to one spoon of honey and feed the baby at regular intervals.

Honey and ginger

Make another excellent remedy by adding one pinch of dry ginger powder (or 2-3 drops of ginger juice) to one tablespoon of honey. Give it to your baby at least 2 to 3 times a day to provide relief from stubborn cold and cough.

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4. Breast Milk

For babies under 6 month of age feeding breast milk is the best thing that you can offer to your baby. No medicine or remedy works better than feeding your breast milk as this divine milk is the cure of almost all the baby problems. It not only helps to keep her hydrated but will also help in calming a cranky baby.

Click here to know more benefits of giving breast milk to your baby

5. Saline Water or Nasal Drops

Babies with stuffy nose may face trouble in breathing, eating, drinking and even sleeping. Saline water/nasal drops help in making the mucus in her nose thin and shrinking swollen airways. You can use them two to three times a day or as instructed by your pediatrician.

It is a trusted a Home Remedy for Cold that even doctors recommend.

(NOTE: Recommended age is 1+)

6. Chicken Soup and Khichdi

Chicken Soup and Khichdi are considered as a Home Remedy for Cough and Cold in almost every home. These two foods are an excellent source of energy for kids as well as adults when they are not able to consume any other food due to uneasiness during cough and cold.

7. Gargling

Make your little one gargle saltwater twice or thrice a day to treat sore throat and cough. This home remedy for cough is one of the best home remedies which instantly provides relief but it is ideal for kids above 3 years of age as babies and young toddlers would be too naive to understand your instructions.

8. Steam

Run the hot water in the bathroom and fill it up with steam. After closing the tap/shower take your baby in. Breathing steam helps loosen the mucus in the nasal passages and it is the perfect way to provide steam to even newborns.

This is another tried and tested home remedy for the cold that instantly opens the nose and provides the relief.

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Some Do’s and Don’ts for using Home Remedies for Cough and Cold in Babies:

1. Remember to give these remedies according to age.

2. Be consistent with the Home Remedies for Cough and Cold as nothing works at once.

3. Do consult a pediatrician if these home remedies for cough and cold fail to provide relief to your baby. Don’t wait for too long before seeking the help of doctors. cold and cough if neglected for too long can lead to pneumonia.

4. If you notice something unusual such as green mucus don’t ignore and consult your pediatrician immediately.

5. In case of high fever consult your pediatrician immediately.

6. Remember to use ingredients that the baby is not allergic to.

7. Avoid cold and sour food.

8. Give warm food and fluids.

9. Keep your baby well hydrated by giving milk and sips of water.

10. Keep your baby indoor if the weather is cold outside.

Precaution is always better than cure so take good care of your little ones especially during the changing season.

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