12 Oct 2022 | 3 min Read
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Life as a parent can be stressful when your little one is sick with a cough. Aside from causing discomfort, your baby may also have trouble relaxing. Hence, along with finding a suitable baby cough remedy, it is also important that they get the rest needed to feel better.
Hence you may also use natural vapour patches which help to treat cough and cold in babies and let them sleep well.
Give warm clear fluids such as water and unsweetened juices to babies who are six months to one year old. For babies who are under three months, see your child’s doctor. Be careful to not use honey until your baby is one year old.
Feed only breast milk and formula to younger babies.
Use a humidifier if the air in your home is dry. Moist air keeps the baby’s nose and airway from drying out. You may also run a warm shower for a while to help add moisture to the air.
Another way to soothe your baby’s cough and moisten secretions is to use over-the-counter saline drops in his/her nose.
The mucus in your baby’s nose can travel down the back of his/her nose and throat leading to postnasal drip. This irritates the baby’s throat and produces a wet, barky cough and rattling noise in the upper airway. You may notice this cough after your baby wakes up.
Use two to three saline drops per nostril a few times throughout the day.
For babies who are 12 months or older, give them a small amount of honey before bedtime or naps. The honey will coat your baby’s throat to relieve soreness.
Serve your baby who is over one year old with -half to one teaspoon of honey as needed.
You may notice that your baby coughs more at nighttime. Hence, propping older babies with extra pillows can help raise their heads and improve breathing.
However, avoid using pillows or other positioners for babies under 12 months. Talk to your paediatrician to see whether propping the head of your baby’s crib can help them sleep.
For treating your baby’s cough, home remedies may work better than medicines. Hence, try out these tips.
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