It’s rainy season in Bangalore. This means it’s pretty cold here and flu is in every house. It is very difficult to keep my kid away from water and put on warm clothes for him. So every now and then he is down with a runny nose.
Here’s what I do to keep him on his feet and reduce his crankiness:
- Keep him well hydrated: Nobody likes to drink cold and plain water in cold. The same is true with babies. So, I first boil some water, drop in a few palm candies and let it cool down, before serving the sweet water to my kid. Not only does it appeal to his taste buds, but also helps prevent congestion. Palm candy also helps the body to get rid of a cough easily.
- Serve soups: When suffering from cold and cough the appetite to eat solid or regular food automatically goes down. However, it is very important to keep up the nutrient levels to help the body fight infections. To make up for regular food I serve him with fruity yoghurts and homemade clear soups. Some of the soups that you can easily serve your baby or kid: Pumpkin-Dal-Veg Soup, Chicken Clear Soup, Dal-ka-Paani and Vegetable-Sevai Soup.
- Warm oil massage: Who doesn’t like a warm oil massage? Kids love them too. When your baby has a runny nose, which is also considered stage one of any cold, you can use this oil concoction to warm up your baby or kid, especially the palms of the hand and feet. Take a little of the concoction and rub vigorously to generate heat. It helps and works like a magic.
Oil Concoction: Take some mustard oil, little Kalonji and 1-2 garlic pods. Heat them together in an aluminum or steel bowl, until the Kalonji, and garlic sizzle. Allow it to cool down to a comfortable temperature. Now apply the oil and massage.
- For a peaceful night’s sleep: Do the oil massage before dinner. Dab away the excess oil, if any, with a cotton cloth to avoid sweating. Take 2-3 drops of Zinda Tilismath on a piece of cotton cloth and let your baby inhale.
Hope this is helpful to you as well. Do let me know.