Do you rush to your doctor immediately at the sight of your toddler coughing and sneezing? Not always, right? As a word of caution, it is always better to cut down on harsh drugs as medicines for normal childhood illnesses such as cold, cough, nausea, motions, or even minor injuries, or certain skin problems.

Here are 4 simple and effective (also, harmless!) home remedies that you should know as a parent to treat the following common ailments in children.

1. Treat your child’s cold and cough with turmeric milk

cup full of warm milk and turmeric
Give your child a glass of warm milk with a pinch of turmeric in it before bedtime to treat cold and cough. This spice is a warehouse of healing properties and can provide quick relief from cough to your child.

2. Curb motion sickness with ginger ale juice

glass full of ginger ale juice
If your child is suffering from motion sickness, make her/him sip on some ginger ale juice before leaving on a trip. It will soothe the uneasy feeling of motion sickness. Ginger is a remedy proven to cure all kinds of nausea. You can prepare ginger-ale juice by first boiling 2 inches fresh ginger piece (washed and grated), ½ cup sugar, and 2 cups of water; cooling the concoction, and then adding 1 tsp of lemon juice to it.

3. Treat a sore throat with honey

young girl holding a bowl of honey and honey holder
Honey is the best natural remedy to help treat a sore throat. Give a spoonful of honey thrice a day to your child to fight off the germs that cause a sore throat. The best part with honey is that your kids aren't going to complain about it, instead would love it.

4. Treat itchy skin with oatmeal and milk paste

oatmeal and milk paste
Apply the paste of oatmeal and milk all over your kid’s body before bathing him/her to help treat itchy skin. This remedy is particularly useful when your kid catches chicken pox or suffers from prickly heat boils. In both the conditions, an oatmeal bath can provide quick relief to your child from the itchiness.

It is unsettling to see your child suffering from even the most common symptoms, but giving your child an over-the-counter cold or cough medicine is not exactly the best practice to follow. Try to ease your lil’ ones naturally from the common illnesses that are safe to treat at home. For anything that worries you more, seek medical care without delay.

For any query related to your child’s health, consult a Paediatrician at

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