It is normal for a parent to get worried when they see their children with blocked noses and coughing throughout the day.

Here are some home remedies that may help to get your kid back to their normal, cheerful self faster.


The most effective way to get rid of common cold for kids of all ages is using steam. All you need is a vaporizer filled with water, and run it through the night in your child’s room. For added comfort, you may add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to the water, or juice of half a lemon. Steam helps clear the nasal passage, and makes it easy for your child to breathe.


Early morning gargles with warm salt water is an effective way of opening up the lungs and clearing the throat. Children above four years can be taught to gargle to ease their congestion.

Honey and Ginger

One teaspoon of honey, mixed with the juice of some ginger, is a great way to soothe colds. However, honey should not be given to children under one year of age, for fear of causing botulism.

Mustard Oil Massage

Heat lightly mustard oil with a couple of garlic cloves and massage your child’s chest, back and throat. It will ensure their little bodies remain warm, while breaking down chest congestion within. Check the temperature of the oil before massage

Turmeric Milk

For children above 1 year of age, you can mix a pinch of turmeric powder in their warm milk. It has been known to be an effective tool for easing cold and flu symptoms.


Tulsi leaves cause instant relief to children with cold. You can either give some leaves as is, to chew, or add some tulsi juice drops to your child’s milk to help remove congestion.

A bowl of piping hot, clear soup served with your love is also a sure way to cure your child faster.

Stay healthy, stay happy!