14 Jan 2022 | 2 min Read
Dr PRADEEP Jain
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Most parents prefer choosing home remedies as the first line of treatment over medications to treat their babies.
But did you know that not all home remedies are safe for your babies?
Few of the remedies might give short-term relief but they could be harmful over the long run. 3 such traditional remedies for cough and cold that could be harmful to your babies include:
Honey and ginger
Honey and ginger are classically used by a lot of people to treat cough and cold. Using this remedy for treating your babies could possibly be harmful to them. Introducing honey to your babies at an early age can increase the risk of botulism. Also, ginger when given to babies can lead to diarrhea, heartburn, and stomach discomfort.
Taking warm steam is believed to reduce the dryness caused by respiratory infection. But inhalation of warm steam can lead to burns and scalds in babies. Also, adding vaporizing ointments to warm steam can worsen the cough by irritating the inner lining of the throat and causing throat burns.
Applying vaporizing rubs on the babies to relieve the congestion and reduce coughing isn’t encouraged by doctors. Most of the vaporizing rubs contain camphor that could be harmful to the baby’s health. The human body tends to absorb camphor quickly. Apply such camphor containing vaporizing rubs on a baby’s sensitive or cracked skin can lead to toxicity. Also, inhalation or accidental ingestion of such products can lead to poisoning in babies.
To avoid such accidental harm to your babies, consult your doctor before starting any kind of treatment. Choose safer doctor-recommended treatments and products for your baby’s treatment.