Home remedies for common cold in children


A common cold is a viral infection of your baby’s nose and throat. The common indication includes sneezing, running nose and nasal congestion.

Babies are susceptible to common cold because of their developing immunity. Common cold is transmitted through droplets. Most babies get infected by older children and adults around them. Children in child care centers get infected more often.

Treatment involves easing their symptoms e.g by giving fluids, keeping air moist and keeping their nasal passages open.


  • Congested nose
  • Sneezing
  • Running nose

Other symptoms;

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Decreased appetite
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Trouble nursing for breastfed babies

Home remedies

  • Offer plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. For exclusively breastfed babies there is no need to give other fluids just breastfeed more often
  • Thin the mucus by instilling saline water into the nostrils, this helps to clear the airways.
  • White onion juice. Extract onion juice and offer a tps to your toddler each day. This will clear the nasal passages. You can add honey to enhance test for children over 1 year.
  • Do steam inhalation with eucalyptus drops or peppermint
  • Lemon juice with honey. Mix a little lemon juice with honey add warm water and give to the child
  • For older children give lemon ginger and honey tea
  • Allow baby to rest
  • Keep warm

When to see a doctor

* If baby is younger than 2 months of age. For younger babies common cold can quickly develop into pneumonia or croup.

* If baby is 3 months or older see the doctor if baby ;

-Isn’t wetting diapers as usual

-Has fever of 38°c and above

-excessively irritable

-has difficulty breathing

-has persistent cough

-has thick green nasal discharge

-refuses to feed

-has red eyes with yellow or greenish discharge

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