How do you cure a cough in a baby? Perhaps the worst part about having a sick baby is not being able to give them medicine when a cold virus makes its way through your house.
“Most pediatricians don’t recommend cough medicine for babies under two years old,” says Kathy, RN. “Productive coughs can product the lungs from pneumonia. If the cough does not sound like barking and the coughing spells are not causing breathing difficulty, it’s usually best to use home remedies and let the cold run it’s course. A cough with a fever can sometimes indicate a bacterial infection, so you’ll want to take the baby to the doctor’s office if your baby has a fever too.”
Humidifiers and steam mist can be helpful to alleviate congestion. Many adults will drink hot tea with honey to help with a dry, scratchy throat and cough.
Studies show that honey can relieve coughs in children too. Both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend using it to reduce the severity of coughing. While it’s not entirely clear why honey works so well to relieve cough, it does contain antioxidants and coat the throat.
Here’s a recipes I use when my little one is sick that helps relieve cough. We call it “juice” in my house, but it’s probably closer to cider!
Hot Applesauce Juice with Honey (12 months+)
- 3-4 tablespoons of applesauce
- 2 tablespoons of honey
1. Bring a kettle of water to a boil.
2. While waiting for the water to boil, put 2 tablespoons or so (eyeballing it is totally ok) in a sippy cup.
3. Add about 3/4 cup of boiling water to sippy cup and mix until the honey is dissolved.
4. Add applesauce to the sippy cup and stir again.
5. Let the applesauce juice sit for 3-5 minutes. This step is optional, but I find the juice has more flavor if you let it sit for a few minutes, like steeping tea!
6. Add a little bit of cold water or an ice cube so the juice isn’t screaming hot when you give it to your baby. I like to serve it warm, so I add a little cold water until it is no longer hot.
Then, just add the sippy cup lid and give it to your little one. It helps a lot with coughing and dry throat.
And, here’s another one that is sweet and sour
Honey Lemon Tea (12 months+)
- 2 teaspoons of honey
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
1. Pour about a 3/4 cup of hot water into a sippy cup.
2. Add honey, lemon juice, and sugar to the sippy cup and stir until dissolved.
3. Add an ice cube to the cup so the drink isn’t too hot for your baby to drink. Be sure to test the temperature of the mixture before you give it to your baby!