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Natural cure for common Problems in Infants and babies
- Are you going to be a Mother for the first time?
- Do you get worried, with the slightest trouble of your child?
- Does the common health issues of your little one, such as cold and cough, teething, constipation, mild fever and other such problems, leave you anxious?
- Then this article is useful for you.
When you have your first baby, every cry of the baby, can make you extremely worried.
If you have someone experienced at home, to ask about the frequent health issues, it is very helpful.
But everyone is not so fortunate.
The children can not tell, what is troubling them and thus it becomes very important for the mother, to observe them.
The parents must take note of any change in the child’s behaviour, their sleep patterns, their cry, their discomfort about something or the other.
Every little change should be paid attention to.
Common problems in infants, source: YouTube
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Constipation in infants and their natural solutions, source: YouTube
Natural, Herbal Cure For Infants, and Kids
Some easy, natural and herbal, home remedies for children
You may try these natural home remedies, but if the problem persists, you MUST report this to the pediatrician.
1. Mild Fever
Babies are very sensitive. Even a slight change in weather, can cause fever or cold and cough problems.
If the fever is mild and seasonal, you can try the following method—
- Take about 10 basil leaves and half teaspoon of black pepper in a pan. Add a glass, approx. 250 ml. of water. Boil for 10 minutes on low flame. Pass through a sieve and feed the mixture to the baby with a spoon. Give small quantity to begin with, that’s around 2-3 tsp. See how the baby is responding. If the fever persists, please consult the doctor.
2. Common cold and cough
Cold and cough can affect children quite often.
It is very important that people infected with cold and cough, should avoid physical contact with the child.
Take all precautions to keep the environment clean and disinfected. If however, the child gets cold, try this home remedy---
- Take 1 teaspoon ginger juice, 1/4 th teaspoon black pepper powder and 1 teaspoon honey and mix everything thoroughly. Feed the mixture to the baby, half teaspoon at a time. Repeat after two hours.
- Another remedy--mix half teaspoon turmeric powder in a cup of milk. Add little sugar and feed the baby. If the infection is mild, these are very effective remedies.
“Each child is a unique person, so raise your child taking this fact into
― Eraldo Banovac
Diarrhoea in children, source: YouTube
Some Other Most Common Health Problems in Babies
3. Teething problem
Teething may cause pain and swelling in gums. The child may feel irritated and restless. Follow these remedies:
- You may massage the gums after cleaning your hands.
- Then you can give something, cold, hard and edible to bite upon.
- Hygienic teethers are available at the Chemist stores or exclusive children stores.
- Rubbing some honey on gums also helps in relieving pain and swelling.
It is the most common problem, which causes discomfort in babies and they cry.
Sometimes it may be due to wrong positioning of the baby during feeding.
It is also caused due to the mother eating such foods, which causes gases, if the baby is mother fed.
Certain baby food products available in the market may not suit every child.
- Carrying the baby on your shoulder and gently massaging their back will help.
- An equal amount of apple juice mixed with beetroot juice helps to release gas.
- A tablespoon of gooseberry juice, green or dried, mixed with honey will help the child to get rid of constipation.
- If the child is too small to take this, there is another one. Soak a teaspoon of asafoetida (Heeng in Hindi) in two teaspoons of water and apply on the naval of the child.
5. Bed Wetting
- Bed wetting is very common and till the child starts understanding, the parent has to be watchful. Keeping the baby warm is important.
- Grind one piece walnut, combined with one teaspoon raisins, in the food processor. Feed the child before bedtime for a week. This helps to cure the problem.
- Boil 1-2 dry dates in 250 ml. of milk, on slow flame. Feed before bedtime for a week. This should help the child to get cured from the problem of bed wetting.
A Word of Caution
- Whenever you are giving some kind of homemade mixture to your child, give small quantity, about 2 to 3 gm. to start with.
- Observe carefully, how the child responds. If you see favourable results, continue the treatment.
- These are some home remedies or first aid, commonly referred to as Grandma's tips.
- But if the problem appears to be complicating further, it is advisable and wise to consult the Pediatrician.
- Since you can not take risk with children and their problem must be attended with immediate effect.
- Every child can be different and what suits one, may not be effective for the other child. Therefore be very cautious.
Further Suggested Readings
1. Home treatments for babies, via Web MD https://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/features/natural-remedies
2. Natural Health Solutions for kids, via Parents . com https://www.parents.com/baby/health/sick-baby/natural-health-remedies-for-children/
Tips on How to make your baby sleep? source: You tube
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Chitrangada Sharan
What do you do in case your little one suffers from common health problems? Please share in the comments section!
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 30, 2020:
Thank you Peggy, for reading and commenting on this article.
Yes, I have myself tried these home remedies for my children. For minor issues, they work well, and don’t have side effects. Of course, if they don’t work, an expert guidance is essential.
Thank you so much for your comments and support. Good day to you.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 29, 2020:
It is interesting reading about these home remedies. It is good that you caution readers to consult their physicians if these remedies do not work.
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 01, 2014:
Thanks Mousumi, for reading and commenting!
Happy New Year to you and thanks for following me!
M K Paul from India on January 01, 2014:
Again a helpful hub...Thanks again: :) for sharing the tips
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 18, 2013:
Thanks btrbell, for reading the hub and commenting!
Basically these remedies are meant for infants and small kids, to whom it is difficult to feed strong allopathic medicines, which also have side effects. You may term these remedies as safe Grandma's tips.
But as I have suggested, if the problem persists, consulting a pediatrician is necessary.
Thanks again and have a nice day!
Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on July 18, 2013:
Interesting remedies! Thank you for all these ideas. At what age do you feel it is safe to start using them?
Kapil Thakar from Bangalore on May 13, 2013:
Good information sharing.. Like your hubs..
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 23, 2013:
Thanks nighthag, for your visit and feedback. Have a good day!
K.A.E Grove from Australia on April 22, 2013:
I do love homemade remedies and this hub is no different.
although I would mention that honey should not be given to children under the age of 1 due to certain bacteria that babies are unable to digest at that age, but over 1 these remedies would be a great aid for any mother struggling to help their child.
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 03, 2012:
Thanks MargaritaEden, for your visit and appreciation. It's interesting to know that you too prefer herbal options. Yes, they are safe for kids.
Glad you liked the hub.
MargaritaEden from Oregon on December 02, 2012:
These are very interesting remedies, being herbalist myself, some of these are new to me, I love learning something new, thank you, great ideas and safe for kids!
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 23, 2012:
Thanks Alison Graham, for your visit and valuable comments. You are right------these are tried and tested, safe remedies for little ones.
Alison Graham from UK on November 23, 2012:
These are really helpful tips, especially for new mothers. It is good to have some practical advice on safe remedies for little ones.
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 30, 2012:
Thanks for your kind visit and comment. I am glad you found the information useful. God bless your granddaughter and lots of love to her.
Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on September 29, 2012:
I am keeping my 1 yr old grand-daughter several days a week. Your information can be very helpful. Great hub, voted up and useful! :)
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 18, 2012:
Thanks for taking the time to stop over and comment. I am glad you found it helpful.
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 17, 2012:
You have a helpful Hub voted up!!!
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 17, 2012:
Thanks suzzycue, for visiting and commenting. I am glad you liked it. In fact all the tips are tried and tested. Thanks again.
Susan Britton from Ontario, Canada on September 15, 2012:
ChitrangadaSharan I found your cures for bed wetting extremely interesting. I would not of thought that food could cure these problems that your Hub mentions. Well done. A good read.