Nepal in Globe. Source: wikipedia
Nepal in Globe
Source: wikipedia

Being a parent, we know that there so many precautionary measures that can be taken to prevent our little ones to catch simple illnesses. Yet, even after following what we already know, our precious ones get ill quite often, specially during winter.

Our rich Nepali culture and traditions have given us many remedies for the few common illnesses (like cool, cough, sore throat etc.) that can be sought within our home. Here are some home remedies that we might have already known, either from our own practices or from the teachings of our parents or grandparents.

  • Cough at night: 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice plus 1 tablespoon of honey mixed in lukewarm water can be given right before bedtime. Honey soothes the lining of our throat plus lemon juice clears the lining of any irritating food oil present there. Plus the disease fighting antioxidant in honey and Vitamin C in lemon juice does good too.
  • General Cold and Cough:
    • Methi Jaulo (prepared with fenugreek seeds, moong lentil, rice, and ginger) is a good food that can be given to the child . Fenugreek seed and ginger are supposed to have warming effect, and rice and moong dal are gentle enough for the irritating stomach lining in kids.
    • Warm oil massage (Mustard oil/Olive oil) is good for the achy body and provides warmth during the massage. However, it should be made sure that the massage be not very long, and the room is not cold. It is good if the massage is done in that place of the room where ample sunlight is present. Fenugreek seed (Methi) can be spluttered in heated oil and then let to cool before massaging with the oil. However, if the kid's skin gets rashes (very few kids have skin allergy to oil), we should not massage.
  • Diarrhea: If the diarrhea is bad, we should immediately take our children to the hospital. However, there are few foods that generally help in mild diarrhea. They are:
    • Yoghurt (Dahi)
    • Starchy foods like Banana
    Such foods generally help when kids get diarrhea due to anti-biotic treatment.
  • Constipation: Constipation is generally (not always) related to lifestyle and food habits. Sedentary life style and lack of fiber in diet can lead to constipation. Here are few tips/remedies for constipation:-
    • Drinking enough warm water or warm milk before bedtime. Plenty of water should be taken during the day too as dehydration is the number one cause of constipation.
    • Eating lots of fruits and vegetables.
    • Vegetables like spinach generally help in constipation.
    • Physical activity is very helpful for the bowel movement. It does not matter how our kids become active - indoor exercise or outdoor play, both benefit equally. It is advised that kids be physically active for at least 1 hour daily.
    • Red meat and processed foods like chips, cheese balls etc. should be avoided as much as possible, especially of the constipation is severe.
    If the kid is severely constipated, doctor should be consulted for stool softeners suitable for the age.
If you know of any home remedy that has worked for your family, please let us know (nepalimoms@gmail.com) so that we can share it with other parents. Thank you.
Disclaimer: The above remedies are not authenticized by any doctor or hospital and are based on personal experiences that have worked. They are not meant to replace hospital/doctor guidance and should be used with self jurisdiction.
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