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Home Remedies for Common Health Problems in Infants and Toddlers

Updated on November 3, 2017
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Being a parent and teacher,Chitrangada writes with practical understanding and experience about parenting issues and also provides solutions

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Natural cure for common Problems in Infants and babies

© Chitrangada Sharan Sept. 2012

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  • Are you Mom for the first time?

  • Do you get worried with the slightest trouble of your child?

  • Then this article is for you.

→When you have your first baby, every cry of the baby makes you so much worried.

→If you have someone experienced to ask, it is very helpful.

But everyone is not so lucky.

→Since children can not tell, what is troubling them, it becomes very important for the mother to observe them.

→Take note of any change in their behavior, their sleep patterns, their cry, their discomfort about something.

→Every little change should be paid attention to.

Common problems in infants, source: YouTube

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Common baby and infant problems and solutions
Common baby and infant problems and solutions | Source

Constipation in infants and their natural solutions, source: YouTube

Natural, Herbal Cure For Small 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 in them.

If the fever is mild and seasonal, you can try this:

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 baby with a spoon.

Give small quantity to begin with, 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. 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, it is very effective solution.

“Each child is a unique person, so raise your child taking this fact into


― Eraldo Banovac

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Diarrhoea in children, source: YouTube

Some Other Most Common Baby Problems:

3. Teething problem:

  • Teething may cause pain and swelling in gums. The child may feel irritated and restless.

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 relieve pain and swelling.

4. Constipation:

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 may also be 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 also 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, 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.

Do you believe that herbal remedies are safe for small kids?

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A Word Of Caution!

  • Whenever you are giving some kind of home made mixture to your child, give small quantity, about 2 to 3 gm.
  • Observe carefully, how the child responds. If you see favorable 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, 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!

© Chitrangada Sharan 13th Sept. 2012

All Rights Reserved.


What to do when your baby cries source: You tube

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What do you do in case your little one suffers from common health problems? Please share in the comments section!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Mousumi, for reading and commenting!

      Happy New Year to you and thanks for following me!

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      M K Paul 4 years ago from India

      Again a helpful hub...Thanks again: :) for sharing the tips

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      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!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Interesting remedies! Thank you for all these ideas. At what age do you feel it is safe to start using them?

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      Kapil Thakar 4 years ago from Bangalore

      Good information sharing.. Like your hubs..

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks nighthag, for your visit and feedback. Have a good day!

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      K.A.E Grove 4 years ago from Australia

      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.

      Great hub!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      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.

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      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      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!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Alison Graham, for your visit and valuable comments. You are right------these are tried and tested, safe remedies for little ones.

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      Alison Graham 5 years ago from UK

      These are really helpful tips, especially for new mothers. It is good to have some practical advice on safe remedies for little ones.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi sgbrown!

      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.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      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! :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for taking the time to stop over and comment. I am glad you found it helpful.

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      Devika Primić 5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You have a helpful Hub voted up!!!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks suzzycue, for visiting and commenting. I am glad you liked it. In fact all the tips are tried and tested. Thanks again.

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      Susan Britton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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.