Whether it is oily or dry, coughs in babies are often a source of discomfort. How can you help your baby relieve stress naturally? Herbal teas, reflexology, preparations… We take stock of these natural treatments with Sabine Monnoyeur, naturopath.
Note: These treatments are by no means a substitute for medication. If your baby has a persistent cough, consult the pediatrician first.
In infants, as in adults, there are commonly two types of cough: wet cough and dry cough. A wet cough is a natural function that expels the phlegm present in the respiratory tree when it is congested. It’s most common in babies. A dry cough, on the other hand, is a cough more worrisome because it causes fatigue in infants. There are also other types of cough that can be linked to certain medical conditions, such as asthma or whooping cough.
Several reflexes can help the baby relieve his cough. In many cases, the cough is caused by a cold. So you need to treat your toddler’s cold, as Sabine Monnoyeur reminds us: “Of course, when your baby is coughing, the first reflex is to blow his nose regularly, because it is the secretions that enter the bronchi that trigger the cough. For the same reason, your child is more likely to cough in the early morning. ».
You can use it to help your child relieve its bronchial tubes meeting During the day, with your supervision, this often helps relieve it. Steam can also be a natural trick to relieve the child’s bronchial tubes, especially with a hoarse cough at night. In this case we run a hot bath, close the bathroom door and hold the baby for a few moments. The heat and steam generated can help soothe his bronchi.
How to naturally decongest a coughing baby’s bronchi? Recommended herbal teas
To help babies relieve their bronchial tubes, herbal teas are a good grandmother’s natural remedy. Which to prioritize? “I particularly recommend the thyme herbal tea for relief to cough, whether oily or dry, and even for all respiratory problems in general. the thyme is in fact a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic. To prepare, you can add between 2 and 3 pinches to about 200 ml of water and leave to stand for 10 minutes. You can then filter, then if you wish you can add a little manuka honey (do not use before 1 year because of the risk of botulism) and lemon juice (antiseptic element and rich in vitamins)”.
In addition to thyme, there are other infusions for coughs in babies: “Anise, fennel, buckhorn, mallow blossom or thyme can be used in infusions. It is ideal to give the infusion as hot as possible. It can be administered with a bottle. As with the thyme, you can add some lemon juice.
Soothe a Little Child’s Cough Naturally: Use Onions or Black Radish
If it’s not in the best of taste, the onion can prove to be an excellent ally to help your child get rid of their inappropriate cough. In fact, onion is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-infective properties. It also encourages phlegm, thus helping the baby and child get rid of their cough. Often difficult to administer due to its strong odor, it is possible to make an onion-based syrup at home. To do this, you need to chop an onion very finely, and then mix it with sugar or honey. After you let it sit for about 12 hours, the resulting liquid forms the cough syrup.
It is possible to use it in the same way as the onion Black radish as a natural remedy to relieve baby cough. This one has many virtues, as Sabine Monnoyeur explains: “Black radish juice is remarkable in chronic cough and fatigue, it is a powerful respiratory tonic, ideal for relieving pulmonary diseases thanks to the sulfur it contains ENT pathways and for any type of cough, dry or greasy”. As with onion syrup, it is possible to prepare a black radish-based syrup. Turnip can also be used.
In addition to specific treatments based on herbal teas or natural products to be taken, it is also possible to turn to them Foot reflexology to relieve the baby’s cough. This practice consists of manipulations on different areas of the child’s feet that will soothe and relieve them, explains Sabine Monnoyeur: “On each foot, massage the protruding area located under the toes at the level of the metatarsus. These areas, called reflex points, correspond to the area of the lungs at the level of the feet. This will help relieve a coughing fit. Reflexology can be practiced as needed, but especially in the evening before bed. It is also effective for colds and bronchitis.
Natural Cough Remedies: Homeopathy
Homeopathy is a natural remedy that can be used in various cases, such as insomnia or teething pain. Coughing can also be relieved. It is recommended to consult a homeopathic doctor who, depending on the type of cough or its cause, such as: B. a cold, determines the appropriate remedy. For example Ipecac for a wet cough or Drosera for a dry cough. Homeopathy is taken in the form of small granules. To give them to an infant, it is possible to dilute them in a bottle of water and then drink them.
Osteopathy for the treatment of cough in infants
Above all, it is important to entrust your child to a qualified osteopath who is state licensed and specializes in infant manipulation.
This practice, carried out by a professional called osteopath, consists of manipulations on different areas of the child’s body in order to relieve it. The consultation takes place in two stages. The doctor first asks the parents various questions to determine the exact nature of the cough, and then proceeds to manipulations to relieve it. Through gentle gestures, the professional facilitates the natural outflow of secretions by relieving chest tension.