I have four grand children from 90 days to six years .
I have found that even for a slight indisposition of the children, they tend to rush immediately to Pediatrician and the funniest part is that the child has to get an appointment, some time after seven or eight hours of the illness being reported,
The problem with infants , children is that some times the child,infant can not be left unattended for illness for such long periods, especially if they have high fever or diarrhea.
Immediate action has to be taken.
The Allopathy system treats symptoms and most of the medicines, including the anti biotics have guaranteed side effects, while the cure is not assured.
For cough, medicine is prescribed to suppress cough and anti biotics which are heavy are prescribed.
While the former gives one feeling of the illness is cured, the latter leaves problems, at least in respect of bowel movements.
Sere the Siddha medicine solves the problem.
These medicines do not have any side effects , they are natural foods and are available at Indian Homes.
For Colic(Stomach ache), Constipation.
Give a cup of warm milk before bedtime with one teaspoon of ghee added to it.
Provide a natural laxative foods such as soaked raisins or dates, honey, bran, sesame seeds, mango, papaya, grapes, and fresh figs.
Inculcate proper eating habits and food combining when possible, sufficient water intake, high quality oils, and providing plenty of high fiber foods can be helpful in the prevention of constipation.
In the case of infants, the mother can apply a small amount of castor oil to her nipple before breastfeeding.
For babies with intestinal colic, mix equal parts of Cumin, Fennel, and Coriander powder and add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of this mixture to a cup of hot water, let it steep for 15 to 20 minutes, then strain well.
The mother can also drink it to reduce the qualities of vata in her breast milk.
In the case of infants, it is useful to administer the tea with a baby medicine dropper, available in most baby supply sections, and dilute it a little, if needed, to make it more palatable
For Colds, Fever.
Yashtimadhu (Licorice root) and a little raw honey it helps liquefy and expectorate phlegm.
Make a Paste of the root, about half a teaspoon, ix it with Honey and give the child, till the cough subsides.
Or take a Nutmeg, Jathikkai, make a paste, small quantity of paste, by rubbing it out with a little quantity of water.apply this mixture on both the sides of the nose.
Running nose will stop immediately.
For chest congestion or restricted breathing.
Warm sesame oil, or ghee with a pinch of rock or black salt, can be massaged onto the chest followed by a eucalyptus steam inhalation. Tulsi (Holy basil) works wonders for soothing coughs, decongesting the lungs and sinuses, as well as lowering a fever by promoting sweating. Tulsi tea can be prepared by adding1 teaspoon of Tulsi powder to 1 cup of hot water. This can also be given before bedtime to break a fever when nothing else works.
A remarkable home remedy for lowering fever consists in rubbing fresh onion juice to the child’s navel region while applying a cool cloth to the forehead to protect the brain.
One can apply a paste made of turmeric powder and war gingelly oil on the forehead.
For Rashes,including Diaper rashes.
One of the best remedies for this is to add 1 to 2 teaspoons of Kumari (Aloe vera) juice into the baby’s drinking water.
For Deworming and clearing Parasites.
A simple household remedy for worms like thread, pin, and round worms, is to take 3 to 5 drops of fresh onion juice diluted in one teaspoon of water 3 times daily.
Two or three tender leaves of Neem tree may be made and given to the child, either directly or with warm water.
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