Thursday, October 4, 2012

Precautions and Remedies from Cold for whole family

Now, the Fall is here. Weather has started getting much cooler now. And in few days, it will be much colder. The sudden change in weather, prone to cough and cold. We need to protect ourselves and our family.

We love our family, and it hurts when  we see them coughing or in fever especially the  small members of the family. Now, I would like to share some common home remedies for every1 in family. Spend only 10 minutes everyday in taking care of your family and give 5 minutes to yourself, and say bye-bye to cough and cold.

Lets start with the infants (0-3 months), lets know what are the steps we should take to protect them in cold-
  1. In night, when they r sleeping, apply 1 drop of mustard oil in their feet. Cover them. (Do it only in winters)
  2. If possible, give them massage with oil (which suits their skin), before giving them bath. And if Oil massage is not possible, give them massage by moisturizer, after bath. (this is for babies older than 2 months)
  3. Do not leave your child open or in wet towel, for more than 2-3 minutes.
  4. Keep all the doors and windows closed and switch off all the fans in your room.Switch it on, when your baby is properly dressed up.
  5. Keep your babies feet covered.
  6. The sweating in babies palm and baby's warm head will tell you, he/she is feeling hot.
  7. Keep them covered from head to toe while going out.
  8. Through out the winter, Mother can eat 1 -2 cloves per day, to keep the cold away.
 If baby already had a cold, few steps you an take to help them -

  • Mother can eat a spoonful of Ajwain ( Carom) seeds with a glass of water. It will send warmth of carom seeds to the baby through mother's milk. Secondly, it will reduce the gastric problem of baby, if he/she is having it.
Carom Seeds
  • Apply1 drop of oil in baby's feet.
  • Mother can eat 1handful of Almonds in morning and evening, it will help baby and mother both in keeping their body warm.
  • If it is possible for mother, eat cloves or I should say chew it, the warmth will go directly to the baby from her/his mother's milk.
  • Start taking care, as soon as cold starts, but do not forget to ask your doctor if he wants to recommend some medicine for child.
Now, lets come to the Toddlers. For some toddlers it's easy to take care of them, as they will eat whatever you will ask them to eat, to protect them from cold. But, the same is difficult for the other Toddlers. So, we can make their work easy (by doing some tricks), they will not realize that they are getting protected from cold and will be healthy for the whole winter.
  • If your toddler drink flavored milk, in the milk add 1/8 th tsp of Turmeric Powder. Mix it and give it to them, once in a day. ( do it only when winter is in peak)
  • Make Almonds Confectionery (Badam ka Halwa), and give it to them 3-4 tbsp once in a day ( can do this from fall to autumn). It will keep them away from cold as well as make their bones strong.
  • Massage your Toddler from Oil which you use regularly, once a day in whole body. ( can do it whole year)
  • Apply 2 drops of Mustard Oil in feet and massage in night after they go to bed. ( in peak winter)
  • Give 1 tsp of Honey everyday. (whole winter)
Honey
  •  When your toddler wakes up in the morning, give a glass of lukewarm water to him/her. ( It will help him/her in their morning routines, as well as help in throat pain)
And if your Toddler already has Cold -

Mustard Oil
  • Apply 2 drops of Mustard Oil in feet and 1 drop of oil in chest and rub gently, before going to sleepin night. Cover them properly.
  • Almond Confectionery (Badam ka Halwa) 7-8 tbsp, 4 times a day.
  • If they love taste of Lemon, in a lukewarm water add 2 tsp of Lemon Juice, a pinch of Salt, mix and let them drink, 4 times a day.
  • Give 1 tbsp of Honey, 2 times a day.
  • When your toddler wakes up in the morning, give a glass of lukewarm water to him/her. ( It will help him/her in their morning routines, as well as help in throat pain)
  • If the Cold has started from allergy, immediately give them medicine prescribed by Doc or visit a Doc.
  • If he/she loves the taste of Ginger, then you can also try giving a ginger Juice. You need to Crush small piece of Ginger, extract the Juice, heat it up, till it comes to the boiling point, mix 1tbsp of Honey and give it to them to drink at room temperature.

Ginger Juice
  • 1/2 cup of milk, mixed with a pinch of Turmeric powder, Ghee (unsalted butter) and 1tsp of Sugar.
  • If possible, give 1/2 tsp of Ajwain (Carom seeds) with water to your Child, and if not possible, add Carom Seeds in flour and make dough out of that flour and make Roti/ Parantha or tortilla for your child. You can also add 1 tsp of Carom Seeds in your curry or stew while frying. They won't even get to know that they are eating something which will keep their body warm.
Adults are more or less same as Toddlers. Few things which we need to do are same as Toddlers-

  • Drink 1/2cup of Milk, mixed with a pinch of Turmeric Powder and Sugar.
Turmeric Powder with Milk and Sugar
  •  Make Almonds Confectionery (Badam ka Halwa), and eat 1 bowl once in a day ( can do this from fall to autumn). It will keep you away from cold, and it's regular intake will make you less tired by the end of day.
Almond Confectionery (Badam Ka Halwa)
  •  Apply 2 drops of Mustard Oil in you chest before going to bed. ( in peak winter)
  • Take 1 tsp of Honey twice a day. (whole winter)
Honey
  •  Drink a glass of lukewarm water first thing in the morning. ( It will help you with the morning routines, as well as help in throat pain)
  • If you are a Morning Tea drinker, add ginger and Cloves to your tea, while it's boiling.
Ginger

  • Take 1 clove in your mouth while going outside, and it will keep you warm (in Peak winter season).
    Cloves
  • Take 1/2 tsp of Ajwain (Carom seeds) everyday with water.

If you already have cold, follow any 3 directions which you can do easily and comfortably-
  • Apply 2 drops of oil in chest before going off to sleep and rub gently, before going to sleeping night. And Cover yourself properly.
  • Almond Confectionery (Badam ka Halwa) 1 bowl, 4 times a day.

Almond Confectionery
  • A lukewarm water with juice of 1 small Lemon, a pinch of Salt, mix and drink, 4 times a day.
  • Take 1 tbsp of Honey, 3 times a day.
  • Drink a glass of lukewarm water first thing in the morning. ( It will help with the morning routines, as well as also help in throat pain)
  • If the Cold has started from allergy, immediately take some medicine prescribed by a Doc or visit a Doc.
  • Crush small piece of Ginger, extract the Juice, heat it up, till it comes to the boiling point, mix 1tbsp of Honey and drink while it is still hot, but take care and do not burn your mouth.

Ginger Juice
  • Before going to sleep, take 1/2 cup of milk, mixed with a pinch of Turmeric powder, Ghee (unsalted butter) and 1tsp of Sugar.
  • Take 1/2 tsp of Ajwain (Carom seeds) with water, everyday.
Ajwain- Carom Seeds

  • Your throat is paining, you are coughing and you need to go to work, one simple solution, take 2 cloves in your mouth, keep it inside the cheeks, and let it be there, the juice of cloves will soothe your throat and coughing will reduce. Keep some spare cloves in your bag.
And, last but not the least, do remember to brush your teeth and clean your mouth with Listerine, everyday before going to bed ( it will reduce the chances of bacteria to develop). Do it everyday for your Toddler. And for your Infant, clean their mouth wit a wet tissue, every time they take a feed. Those little ones who are more than 3 months old, their mothers can dilute Listerine by 1:20 ratio and clean their tongues by her fingers. It will keep their mouth fresh for a longer time.

3 comments:

Mani said...

Thanks Shilpi.....very useful and really worth to read :-))

Reena Chaudhary said...

Thank you shilpi.....all the tips to protect mother and baby are really helpful......

Ambica said...

Very Informative..Thanks for sharing..Keep up the good work :)

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