Till 6 months babies are given breastmilk and not offered any water / food hence it becomes difficult for you to find any natural remedies especially for first time Moms. Most of the common cold lasts for about a week or two and can be followed by cough. We get so worried when baby coughs as it tends to make them vomit. But it seems vomiting is fine as that’s the only way babies can take out the mucus and also through their poop. In case of extreme vomiting / if baby is unable to feed / have fever/ unable to breathe/ crying a lot please check with pediatrician.
Here are some remedies that you can do to help your baby when they have cold and cough:
Breastmilk: Feed baby breastmilk frequently to keep them hydrated which will help to reduce the discomfort and congestion for baby.
Nasal spray: If baby’s nose is stuffy then you can use nasal spray. It will be a challenging task to put nasal spray or drops on baby’s nose but it helps to clear the congestion quickly. You can buy nasal spray from medical store or it can be made at home. It’s basically saline water and does not cause any harm.
How to use Saline drops / Spray:
Hold the baby in your lap in upright or slightly reclined position with baby head resting on your arm.
Put 2-3 drops in one nostril and wait for few seconds. Repeat the same in the other nostril. Tilt the baby head little backwards just to allow the drops to go inside the nose and hold it back straight.
Keep a cloth in hand to wipe the excess saline and the mucus.
If the nose is still congested use a suction bulb to clear baby’s nose.
3. Suction bulb: Helps to clear babies’ nose when its congested. After using Saline drops you can use the suction bulb to squeeze out the mucus.
How to use Suction bulb:
Keep the Suction bulb away from the baby and squeeze it to take the air out.
Place the tip of the bulb as per the mark or the instruction provided with the suction bulb on the baby nostril.
Slowly release the bulb and it will release the extra saline and mucus.
Repeat the same in another nostril
Do not use suction bulb too many times a day as it might irritate babies. I prefer not to use saline drops more than 3 times a day as sometimes it can dry baby’s nose. Use only when its required.
Clean the suction bulb immediately after use.
4. Steam: It helps in loosen up the mucus but for babies it has to be done with care.
How to use Steam for babies:
Keep the Steam Vapouriser away from the baby.
You can hold the baby facing away from the steamer and to be careful just ask another person to hold a cloth or towel near to the steamer so that direct steam does not go to the baby. Sit in the closed room for 15-20 minutes and it will help to reduce cold and provide relief.
You can also steam the bathroom by filling a bucket with hot water and hold the baby and sit away from the bucket.
5. Mustard oil: Massaging baby with mustard oil is a traditional method and has many benefits.
Boil mustard oil with one or two garlic in low heat.
Once the oil is warm, massage the oil on baby’s chest and the foot. Helps to keep the baby warm and fight cold and cough.
6. Keep a towel rolled up under the mattress to keep the baby head little raised while sleeping, this helps them to breathe.
7. Humidifier: Placing a humidifier in room will moisten the air and reduce the cough. Replace the water daily to prevent any bacteria.
8. Keep the house clean to make sure no dust is irritating the baby.
9. Wipe the baby’s nose with a warm cloth and you can also place a warm cloth on the baby’s nose for few seconds to loosen up the mucus and also to clean the surrounding of nose.
10. Encourage baby to take rest.
These are the remedies that I came across when my baby caught cold. If you know any other remedies please share in the comment section. It will be very helpful for all the New Parents😊
Travelling with infant can be overwhelming especially if it’s your first time. My baby girl first flight was when she was 2 and half months old. Doctors usually recommend to wait for at least 3-6 months for the baby immune system to develop before air travel. Especially during pandemic, it’s not safe to travel but if its unavoidable then always good to consult with a pediatrician and follow safety measures.
Here are somethings I would like to share which can make your travel easier:
Reduce hand baggage as much as possible: Not only hand baggage but try to reduce the overall luggage. While packing try to carry only needed things. Try to courier the things that you will not need immediately. This will make your travel easier. On our first travel, we did a mistake of taking overweight baggage and had to pay lot extra for it. Also, carried 3 back bags along with the baby it was really exhausting.
Baby carrier: Wear the baby in a baby carrier or a baby sling so that you can be hands free. If you will be using the baby carrier for the first time, its always better to try it on with the baby and see how it works before your travel day. When my baby was 2 months old, I took her in a sleeping bag so I could not carry anything else except a diaper bag. In my second travel, I used a baby carrier, I could carry 1 laptop bag, camera bag and diaper bag with me and it was not exhausting.
Security check at Airport: Security check might be different in every airport. My first travel I carried baby in sleeping bag and the security person did not make me wait for long and helped me first. My second travel I used baby carrier and a kind girl helped me to keep my bags in the checking area tray. She even asked the security check person to help me first as I am carrying baby. But when I walked in to the security check place the security asked me to go back and put the baby carrier in the tray. I had never practiced taking out baby by myself from the baby carrier, I was too scared that I will put the baby down but it went well and was not that difficult.
Extra diapers: Carry in diaper bag only the number of diapers that baby needs with a 1 or 2 extras.
Baby wipes: Take baby wipes with you its very useful in cleaning baby and also you can use for yourself. Hand wash is not available in most of the baby care rooms, they are replaced with sanitizers now.
Baby clothes and Towels: Take 2 or 3 extra clothes and towels incase baby vomits or overflow of diapers.
Extra cloth for yourself: Carry an extra dress for you incase gets dirty.
Blankets/ swaddles: A small baby blanket to cover the baby if it gets cold while travelling.
Socks and Gloves: Take an extra pair of baby socks and gloves. Babies will suck their fingers hence to keep them clean its better to have a change of gloves.
Cover baby in layers: Before you travel it can be hot and when you are travelling it can be cold. Instead of directly putting warm clothes on baby, it’s always better to first make them wear something light and then add a layer of another clothing if it becomes cold. In my first travel I did a mistake of putting on a thick sleepwear for my baby as the flight travel will be cold. But once we reached our destination the climate was hot. This made her to get red bumps on her legs, which took at least 2 weeks to clear up.
Toys: Keep a small toy for your baby in your hand bag/ diaper bag, take something which your baby likes to keep them happy.
Feeding: It is said that don’t feed the baby before boarding flight but its better to feed them before boarding if they are hungry or else you will have to handle a fussy baby throughout your travel. If possible, schedule your feeding so that you will be able to feed the baby while take off and landing to help them swallow to avoid the ear pain. This worked for my baby in my first travel when she was only 2 months old. I fed her during takeoff and she was sleeping in most of the travel. But did not work in my second travel, she was all playing while takeoff and she cried when I tried to feed. I just left her to play but before landing she started crying out so loud. The flight attendant asked me to keep speaking to the baby as she was crying due to ear pain. She calmed down after around 10 minutes.
Stay hydrated: All the mommies make sure you eat well and drink lots of water during your travel. Also keep your baby hydrated.
Pre book cabs: If you have the option to pre-book the cabs in your destination then do it, this will help you to avoid the waiting time and to avoid the last minute cab troubles.
Since I was on maternity leave, I was staying with my parents at Delhi for few months now. I had my mother to help me look after the baby, I did not have to cook 😁, My dad who cooks my favorite dishes and special biryanis… Now that I think of it, I rarely did any housework. Sadly, my leave has almost come to an end, have to join work on Oct 14th. Me and my husband are back to Hyderabad. Its only 2 days now but it’s been too hectic with all the unpacking, arranging and cleaning. With just two of us doing all the work… now I know it’s not an easy task to do housework plus looking after the baby. Hopefully things will get settled a bit once the organizing is done. Specially I have to maintain a schedule for doing things… These two days everything was messy and delayed. Its going to be a completely new experience… hopefully a good one 👸(Being positive)
In the coming weeks I plan to share any new tips and my travel ✈ experience with baby . There were somethings which I did not know as a new Mom and I have learned now. Looking forward to share those tips with you soon. 😊