A simple cold or common cold in children is commonly used by a viral infection of the nose or throat. Your baby might catch a cold several times a year in the early years of childhood. This is because the immune system is yet to mature and develop immunity against various viruses.
These symptoms take around 10 to 14 days and are responsible for maximum doctor’s visits by the parents.
In India, a dadima ki potli or a home remedy for colds is frequently used for getting relief from discomforting symptoms especially in children.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned against the use of medicines for treating cold in children below 6 years because for their harmful effects on a child’s health. As antibiotics do not cure a common cold, other measures should be taken to comfort the baby from distressing symptoms. Your pediatrician will suggest some simple measures and home remedies for a cold and stuffy nose that can help in relieving the discomfort of your baby. Here is a list of home remedies for cold in babies that are safe to use in giving relief.
Home remedies only help in relieving the symptoms and do not cure. Though antibiotics do not play a role in the treatment of common cold, they should be used under a doctor’s guidance when complications arise. For e.g. ear infection, pneumonia, other bacterial infections etc.
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Disclaimer: The information in the article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor.
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