9 useful home remedies for your tot's ailments

From pears to onions, we suggest drug-free treatments that should help junior feel better fast.

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It isn’t easy caring for a sick child. Even if he is suffering from something the common flu or a cough, it’s still heart-wrenching to see your little one sniffling and coughing non-stop.

Sometimes, the symptoms don’t seem serious enough to warrant a trip to the doctor, so how can you alleviate junior’s distress?

You may want to try these useful remedies you can easily whip up at home! Tread carefully if your munchkin has allergies or has sensitive skin ― consult your paediatrician first before you use these preparations.

For throat ailments

Honey Lemon

How it helps If your kiddo is feeling under the weather because of a bad throat, make some honey lemon for him! Honey, known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, can soothe and calm his throat, while lemon juice helps the swollen throat tissue contract. Be warned that honey mustn’t be given to babies under age 1 as it may contain a bacterium called clostridium botulinum spores. This can cause a rare but potentially fatal illness called infant botulism. Lim Lay Beng, a TCM physician at YS Healthcare, explains that babies under 1 year have a weaker digestive system and liver function, so botulinum spores can easily multiply and produce a toxin that affects their breathing, movements and food consumption.

What to do Mix a tablespoon of honey and several slices of lemon in hot water. Drink when it is still warm.

Orange with salt

How it helps This remedy might help kids who have been coughing for a long time. Orange is said to increase the flow of saliva, which will moisten the mouth and benefit the lungs. It should also reduce the itch in the irritated throat that is causing the cough. Plus, oranges are full of vitamin C, which can boost bubba’s immunity as well!

What to do Cut the top of an orange and put a teaspoonful of salt in the opening. You can use a fork or chopstick to make small holes in the orange, so that the salt sinks in better. Place the top of the orange back over the opening, the steam the fruit in a bowl for about 15 minutes. Eat the pulp and juice when it is warm.

Asian pear and honey

How it helps Low in cholesterol, fat and sodium, but high in vitamins K and C, Asian pears aren’t just yummy to eat, they are also great for our bodies. They will also clear phlegm from the throat while nourishing the lungs. Add other ingredients such as goji berries, red dates or ginger slices to the mix for more nourishment. Remember, don’t give your child under 1 year any honey!

What to do Slice the top off of a Korean pear. Core it to create a hole in the middle. Add ingredients such as goji berries, red dates or ginger slices, then drizzle a generous amount of honey over the fruit. Place the top of the pear back over the opening, then steam in a bowl for about 15 minutes until soft. Drink the infusion and eat the pear while it is warm.

For flu ailments:

Onions

How it helps Placing a raw onion in the room or on the soles of your feet has been a popular treatment for centuries, as onions are believed to cleanse the air by absorbing germs and bacteria. Although it has not been proven scientifically, many swear by this method to shake off a cold. Onions, which contain quercetin (an antioxidant), also offer healthful benefits when consumed. So, if you are not keen to have your kid smelling of raw onions, offer onions to him to eat instead!

What to do Cut two slices of onion and place each slice at the soles of your feet, then put on a pair of socks. You can also halve an onion and leave it by your bedside or in the corner of a room.

Vicks Vaporub

How it helps Vicks contains various ingredients such as eucalyptus oil, camphor, menthol and many more. All these help to eliminate cough and flu. You can also dissolve a dollop of Vicks in some hot water and breathe in the steam. This is not only useful for asthma sufferers, it also helps to clear congested noses.

What to do Rub Vicks on your mini-me’s upper chest to clear his congestion. Do note that Vicks Vaporub is only for kids aged 2 and above. For the younger kids, try Vicks BabyRub, which is made up of gentler ingredients such as rosemary and lavender, and suitable for babies 3 months and older.