Dry Cough: 6 Home Remedies that help

Does your kiddo cough for a really really long time? Persistent coughing can leave the throat dry and irritating. It also puts in lots of pressure upon their little chests while doing so. Cough always likes to mess up the nights and disturbs the restful sleep. They are responsible for giving more and more pain to the throat and the lungs! And thus are more maddening than the wet coughs. Can we do something really convenient to fix it? Let’s bid a bye to dry cough with these promising home remedies!

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Tips to reduce Dry cough at home:

Some of the useful dry cough home remedies that can be easily practised at home for kids include:

1. Hydration:

Water can help to flush out irritants that may be the initial source of the cough, which can help to reduce coughing. Drinking water can assist to flush out any irritants that are present because it passes over the throat region that may be inflamed. Other soothing fluids like tea, lemon with water, ginger and lemon tea, can also help to get rid of dry cough.

2. Steam Inhalation:

Inhaling steam could help you get rid of your dry cough. Warm steam can soothe throat discomfort, moisten dry, irritated nasal passages, and lessen the intensity of a cough brought on by a minor infection or allergy. Put a towel over your head to absorb additional moisture while you inhale the steam.

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3. Gargling:

Warm salt water gargles can help reduce the irritation and discomfort brought on by a dry cough. Some bacteria in the mouth and throat may be killed by salt water, but not all of them. Salt solutions, however, can assist in bringing germs to the gums, teeth, and throat’s surface. When someone spits out the salt water, part of the bacteria that was brought to the surface is washed away.

4. Restrict specific types of diet:

Food allergies can cause a dry cough in many. Avoid giving  specific foods to the kids if you find that they can be a cause for cough. For eg: If a kid is prone to respiratory allergy symptoms, avoiding certain foods that are high in histamines can help relieve the symptoms, including cough. These foods include pickled foods, cheese, dry fruits, citrous fruits, etc. Secondly, chronic cough can also be aggravated due to acid reflux and hence avoid foods that are acidic, fatty and spicy as they can further worsen the symptoms.

Home remedies for dry cough:

In almost every Indian household there’s a saying often used as, “Inside the Grandma’s pouch there is a storehouse of remedies to every health problem!” Some easy recipes that can be tried as dry cough home remedies are:

1. Turmeric milk

Turmeric milk, also known as “haldi ka doodh”, is one of the greatest winter drinks. It has existed since the time of our forefathers. Turmeric is often known as “Golden Milk” because of the colour it imparts to milk when added to it. Turmeric also boosts your immune system. Its antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties protect us against a number of diseases. Spices like clove, cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, and ginger can be added for additional health benefits. Turmeric milk is the finest choice for colds, coughs, flu, wounds, joint pain, and other ailments and is one of the best drinks in winter. ( Home remedies for cold and cough for kids)

Ingredients

  • Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread – ½  tbsp 
  • Water- 1/4 cup
  • Milk – ½ cup
  • Honey – 1 tsp (not recommended for babies below 1 year)

Procedure

  • Take water in a pan and heat on medium flame.
  • Add the Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread and allow the mix to boil. Simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Add milk, honey and give a quick stir.
  • Pour the turmeric milk into a cup and serve hot.
1 cup – 60 calories
Additional nutrition benefits 
( 1 tbsp of Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread gives 126 calories with 5.36g of protein). Along with turmeric, it has other immunity-boosting herbs like Ashwagandha, Brahmi, Shalaki, Mulethi.
Turmeric milk

2. Papaya smoothie 

Children have to build their own immunity after 6 months of age when the immunity they received from their mother fades. This pandemic has taught us to eat healthily and boost our immunity as new diseases are making their way into our lives. As the weather cools, it’s more crucial than ever to boost our immune system while also keeping our bodies well hydrated. This immunity-boosting smoothie helps you deal with each of these issues while also keeping you energised. (7 Foods to boost immunity in kids)

Ingredients

  • Ripen Papaya (Peeled)  – ½ cup
  • Iyurved’s immunity boost chocolate spread – 1  tbsp 
  • Water / Milk – ¼   cup

Procedure

  • Add papaya, Iyurved’s immunity boost chocolate spread into a blender. Blend until it is smooth and has no lumps.
  • Take water/ milk to make the smoothie as per the required consistency.
  • Blend again.
  • Serve!!
1 cup – 55.5 calories
Additional nutrition benefits
(1 tbsp of Iyurved’s Immunity boost Chocolate Spread gives 122 calories with 3.17g of protein). It has immunity-boosting herbs like Ashwagandha, Amla, Giloy, Tulsi, Curcumin, Pepper. 
Papaya smoothie

3. Ragi malt health drink

Ragi, an ultimate food is also known as finger millet or nachni. Ragi is high in protein, calcium, iron and amino acids, hence it is a “Super food” with several health advantages for children, but do you know what makes it even better? Sprouting it!! It is also the most commonly used millet for making porridges for babies and infants. Ragi grains should be cleaned, soaked, sprouted, dried, and ground to a fine flour before being used to make a hot beverage.

Ingredients

  • Sprouted Ragi flour – ½ cup
  • Cardamom powder – ¼ tsp 
  • Cinnamon powder – ¼ tsp
  • Milk – ¼ cup
  • Iyurved’s immunity boost chocolate spread – 1  tbsp 
  • Water – ¾ cup

Procedure

  • In a pan, dry roast the sprouted ragi flour on medium heat until the raw smell goes away. 
  • Add water and milk to a pan and bring it to a boil in medium flame.
  • Meanwhile in a small cup. Mix Roasted ragi flour with 2 tbsp of milk without any lumps formation.
  • Now add this ragi flour mixture to the milk pan and keep mixing continuously to avoid lumps formation. 
  • Switch off the stove and add cardamom powder, cinnamon powder and Iyurved’s immunity boost chocolate spread and give a gentle mix.
  • Serve hot.
1cup – 393 calories
Additional nutrition benefits 
(1 tbsp of Iyurved’s Immunity boost Chocolate Spread gives 122 calories with 3.17g of protein). It has immunity-boosting herbs like Ashwagandha, Amla, Giloy, Tulsi, Curcumin, Pepper. 
Ragi malt health drink

4.Kadha 

This beverage is prevalent in many Indian homes and is the first line of remedy (gharelu nuskha) for a little sore throat or any common disease caused by the change in weather, such as cough and cold. Some people drink it on a daily basis for immunity, while others consume it as drinks in winter. It’s a strong blend of tea and spices. Typically served with honey or jaggery. (Benefits of ashwagandha for kids and teens )

Ingredients

  • Clove – ¼ tsp
  • Cardamom – 2 
  • Fennel – ¼ tsp
  • Teabag  (Optional)
  • Ginger – small slice
  • Iyurved’s immunity boost chocolate spread – ½  tbsp 
  • Water – 1 cup

Procedure

  • Add water into a pan and heat in medium flame. 
  • Slightly crush all the ingredients and add to the water.
  • Let the water boil and finally, add Iyurved’s immunity boost chocolate spread.
  • Strain the liquid through a sieve and serve warm.
1 cup – 16 calories
Additional nutrition benefits 
(1 tbsp of Iyurved’s Immunity boost Chocolate Spread gives 122 calories with 3.17g of protein). It has immunity-boosting herbs like Ashwagandha, Amla, Giloy, Tulsi, Curcumin, Pepper. 
Kadha

5.Warm chocolate vanilla milk

Chocolate has always been a favourite among children. When it comes to the combination of milk and chocolate, nothing beats it. Boosting immunity in children is as simple as adding some herbs, spices to their favourite drink and making it more flavorful.

Ingredients

  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Cinnamon powder – ¼ tsp
  • Vanilla essence – 3-4 drops
  • Iyurved’s immunity boost chocolate spread – 1  tbsp 

Procedure

  • In a pan, heat the milk in medium flame.
  • Once the milk starts to boil, add vanilla essence and Iyurved’s immunity boost chocolate spread and mix well.
  • Switch off the stove and add cinnamon powder and give a gentle mix.
  • Serve hot.
1cup – 269 calories
Additional nutrition benefits
(1 tbsp of Iyurved’s Immunity boost Chocolate Spread gives 122 calories with 3.17g of protein ). It has immunity-boosting herbs like Ashwagandha, Amla, Giloy,Tulsi, Curcumin, Pepper. 
Warm chocolate vanilla milk

6.Carrot blend smoothie

Carrot blend smoothie is also called a power gold smoothie since it is a great source of vitamin A, antioxidants and vitamin C, B6, Magnesium, and fibre. It serves as a powerpack for kids. It can be great drinks in winter and can also be consumed for breakfast. (7 essential nutrients for eye care for kids)

Ingredients

  • Milk – ¼  cup
  • Carrot – 2
  • Pineapple – ¼ cup
  • Iyurved’s immunity boost chocolate spread – 1  tbsp 
  • Cinnamon powder – ¼ tsp

Procedure

  • Blend the carrot with milk until it is smooth .
  • Later add pineapple and blend until they mix properly to give a smooth mix. 
  • Further, add Iyurved’s immunity boost chocolate spread and cinnamon powder and give a gentle mix. 
  • Serve.
1cup – 96 calories
Additional nutrition benefits
(1 tbsp of Iyurved’s Immunity boost Chocolate Spread gives 122 calories with 3.17g of protein ). It has immunity-boosting herbs like Ashwagandha, Amla, Giloy, Tulsi, Curcumin, Pepper. 
Carrot blend smoothie

These easy to make recipes can be brough into practice for effectively getting over dry cough!

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