• Chest congestion refers to a feeling of heaviness and pressure in chest
• It occurs when there is an obstruction to the flow of oxygen into the lungs
• If neglected, it may lead to pneumonia or asthma
Symptoms to look for:
• Pressure in the chest
• Difficulty in breathing
• Deposit of excess mucus and fluid in the lungs
• Common cold
• Respiratory infections
• Flu or viral infections
• Heart diseases
Natural home remedy using onion, lemon juice and honey:
1. Crush 1 onion to paste
2. Press this paste on a sieve and extract its juice
3. Add 4 tbsp lemon juice
4. Add 2 tbsp water
5. Add 2 tbsp honey
6. Mix well
7. Heat the mixture till it turns lukewarm
8. Have it thrice a day
Natural home remedy using milk, turmeric powder, black pepper powder and honey:
1. Take 1 glass hot milk
2. Add ½ tsp turmeric powder
3. Add a pinch of black pepper powder
4. Add 2 tsp honey
5. Mix well
6. Drink it hot
lot of the energy in the body is lost when fighting an infection, resting helping in curing any form of disease. Ensure that your baby rests as much as possible to fight off the symptoms of fever, cold or secondary infections like cough.
Honey helps in soothing and taming cold. Dip your finger in honey and let the baby lick it two three times in a day.
Boiling water along with carom seeds and tulsi leaves can help alleviate coughs. It helps in relieving chest congestion.
Massage the baby’s body gently by using warm mustard oil mixed with garlic on the chest, back and neck area. Also cover the baby’s palm and feet with the oil for a quick relief.
Tap, Tap and Tap
To smash the congestion, tapping the baby’s body gently helps. Stretch the infant across your lap with his face down. Cup your hand and tenderly tap the back, starting from the bottom to the top.
Dress the baby appropriately
Dress your infant lightly and don’t wrap them up with heavy blankets. Dressing too heavy or warm on a baby will only raise their fever.
Avoid mosquito repellents
When your baby is suffering from fever or cold, ensure that you do not use mosquito repellents as it can cause unwanted allergy.
Keep the pillow of the infant slightly elevated so that he can breathe easily during nasal clogging. Also make sure you keep his nose clean by wiping it time and again.
Avoid Dairy Products
Dairy products like cow’s milk are mucous producers. So, till the time your baby is suffering, make sure you breast feed him and avoid outside milk.
While touching the baby, make sure you clean your hands properly. Also, ensure that the baby is not surrounded by sick children or adults to avoid infection.
Soft food (6 months and older)
Make the infant consume soft food like popsicles and gelatin to help him fight congestion.
Onion plays a key role in healing cough, cold and fever. You can grind onion and make the baby drink its juice. Very effective, it is one of the best home remedy for all infants.