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We are currently in the second year of the Coronavirus pandemic and it will probably go on for a while. Despite the partial lift, it could be challenging for you to deal with health and sanitisation issues at home, especially if you have a baby. The shortage of essentials and the peaking summer season have many parents looking for solutions they can easily implement. It is better not to take chances when it comes to your munchkin’s and your own health.
But, what happens if you cannot get what you want? Say you cannot visit a paediatrician, go to the gym, or the products you need are always out of stock. Well, fret not. We have some effective solutions/home remedies that can help you tackle issues like baby health, sanitisation, weight loss, etc. at home. With these tips, you will have a unique summer lockdown story to share with your friends and family. Let’s get straight to it then.
Solutions for Baby Health
Quarantining parents have had a tough time visiting their baby’s paediatrician for minor ailments during the lockdown. Of course, for severe health conditions, you must seek medical aid; however, some ailments are very common during the summer season and can be taken care of at home with simple remedies such as the ones given below.
1. Baby Cough and Cold
The health of your baby mostly depends on her immunity, which needs its own time to develop. One thing you can do to boost your little one’s immunity is to follow a scheduled diet. Nonetheless, she can still catch a cold or have a cough, even during summers. Try these home remedies to tackle baby cough and cold.
- Hydrate your little one and do not cut down her fluid intake. This remedy will help you maintain your baby’s water levels, which is needed during the summers more than ever, and keep cough, cold and dry/sore throat at bay.
- If your baby is troubled with nasal and chest congestion, steam can help clear the congestion and ease her breathing. Run a hot bath in the bathroom and hold your baby for about five minutes. The steam will open up her congested airways.
- For a runny or a blocked nose, use saline (saltwater) and suction (nasal aspirator) to clear her nasal passage.
- To help your little one sleep better at night, you can raise the head of her bed by putting a rolled-up towel underneath the mattress so that it lifts one side up a few inches. What it does is it puts gravity on her side and helps drain the mucus, so she can breathe easier. Never use pillows to do this, as it can increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
- If you’ve introduced your child to water, give her lukewarm water to soothe the cough. She might resist warm/lukewarm water in summers, but it will help soothe the throat.
- If milk and turmeric is a part of her diet now, you can add a tiny pinch of turmeric to a cup (100 ml) of boiling milk and simmer it a bit. Add sugar if needed. Let it cool for a while and feed this warm turmeric milk to your little one to bring about some relief from cough and cold.
- Maintain the temperature of your baby’s room. If your child’s been sweating a lot, ensure she doesn’t remain in damp clothes as it increases the chances of her catching a cold.
If your baby is breastfeeding, first of all, you must know which foods you must avoid in your diet so as to prevent digestion-related issues in your baby. However, several other things also need to be considered when it comes to babies’ digestion issues during the summer season. Read on to know how you can use some simple home remedies to treat or prevent digestion issues in your little one during the lockdown.
- Cook and mash the food well to allow your baby’s delicate body to digest it.
- Always feed fresh preparations to ease digestion.
- If your little one is introduced to spices, add a pinch of turmeric and asafoetida to it.
- Gently massage the baby’s stomach in a clockwise direction with an oil (sesame, olive, mustard, or coconut oil) to relieve gas and constipation.
- Regular physical activities also help prevent bloating and constipation. Therefore, ensure all your baby’s activities like baby cycling, baby boxing, tummy time, baby leg stretches, etc. are not missed during the lockdown.
- Ensure your baby is fed enough fluids such as breast milk, water, diluted fruit juices, according to her age and diet.
- If your little one has a bout of diarrhoea, which is also a possibility during summers, a homemade version of ORS can replace the fluid loss. Mix 5 to 6 levelled teaspoons of sugar and half a teaspoon of salt in a litre of water (boiled and cooled), and you are good to go. Feed her this water every time she passes watery stool.
- Go for warm water baths before bedtime as the evening temperature gets considerably low during the season. Warm water baths can help relieve constipation and abdominal pain due to bloating.
3. Baby Skin Ailments
The rising temperature can lead to another set of health issues – skin issues in babies. Here are some remedies that can help you tackle summer skin issues in babies, like heat rash, dry skin, eczema, and diaper rash.
- Dab a damp clean cloth on the heat rash to cool the area. Then, dab with a dry towel to soak the moisture. Excessive moisture on the baby’s body can lead to chills and cold.
- Cool/room temperature water baths during the peak hour of the day can also help provide some relief. Go for lukewarm water if cool water is a big no-no for you.
- Use aloe vera gel to soothe skin irritation.
- Use a paste of baking soda and water to soothe heat rashes.
- Oatmeal poultices dipped in cool water can be dabbed on areas affected by heat rashes and eczema.
- Give the baby some diaper-free time. You may try the elimination communication method to train your baby to start using the toilet and make her wear light, cotton underwear instead of diapers. Elimination communication is a way to recognise your little one’s signals to pass stool/urine so that you can take her to the toilet to eliminate body waste. This method works two ways as the baby also gets trained to pass urine/stool when held in a particular position on the toilet bowl.
- Mix a teaspoon of sandalwood powder and a pinch of turmeric in cool filtered water to make a thin paste. This paste can be applied to heat rashes and insect bites for instant relief.
- Try an ice cube if you cannot find anything to soothe your baby’s discomfort. Ice cubes can come in handy to soothe prickly heat, eczema, and also insect bites.
- Reposition the baby when she is sleeping, and don’t let her lie down in one position for long as it can lead to heat rashes during summers.
Caring for babies needs more than just being attentive. You need to be fast and proactive too to prevent or treat summer-related ailments at home. Now, let’s move on to some solutions that are sure to make your life easy during the lockdown.
Solutions for Home Sanitisation
With products vanishing off the shelves and delayed deliveries due to shortage, you might find yourself in a little bit of a fix when it comes to home sanitisation. But you know what? Our mothers and grandmothers didn’t have access to most products available today. They utilised age-old remedies their mothers and grandmothers shared with them. Here are some tips and tricks you can use to keep your house clean, sanitised, and ensure everybody’s health.
- Make a disinfectant solution with equal parts of vinegar and water, spray it on surfaces, and let it sit for a while. Then, wipe it off with a clean cloth.
- A mixture of vinegar (1/4th part), hot water (4 parts), 2 tablespoons of baking soda and the juice of one lemon can also be used as a disinfectant for kitchen and home surfaces.
- Mix an equal quantity of alcohol, vinegar and water to make another version of an effective natural disinfectant.
- You may add a few drops of essential oil to all the mixtures above to leave your house smelling pleasant all through the day.
Now, no more searching for expensive disinfectants laden with chemicals. Use these natural solutions and keep your house safe from harmful bacteria and viruses.
Has anyone else noticed how the lockdown has birthed some great home bakers and chefs? Naturally, all of this yummy lockdown feasting hasn’t been too kind on our waistlines. To keep health in check, let’s take a look at some weight loss solutions you can try at home.
Solutions for Weight Loss
Weight loss on your mind? We know most of you are missing your jogs/walks and are worried that your weight will be a huge concern if it is not taken care of immediately. While you will need to have an indoor exercise routine and stay motivated, you may also try the remedies given below to bring about weight loss during the lockdown.
- A teaspoon of honey in a glass of warm water every day in the morning before you have your breakfast can help bring about weight loss. You can add some lemon juice to this mixture to add some Vitamin C to this morning ritual. This remedy helps increase metabolism, control appetite, and burn body fat faster.
- Chewing on fenugreek seeds and carom seeds can help digest food, increase the metabolic rate and bring about weight loss.
- Infuse an inch of a cinnamon stick in a cup of hot water, and add some honey to it. This tea is a great way to rejuvenate your senses, boosts metabolism and helps lose weight.
- Drink sufficient amounts of water to stay hydrated. Fluid intake can also help lose weight.
- Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink it every morning before breakfast. It works just as well as lemon water with honey. You can add honey to this recipe too.
- Switch to green tea for your evening beverage. Green tea has antioxidant properties and is a good source of catechins and caffeine that can help you reduce weight.
- Adding a pinch of black pepper to your salads or main dishes can also bring about improvement in your weight. The piperine in black pepper helps reduce fat levels in the body.
- Scoop a tablespoon of aloe vera juice and mix it in a cup of water. It can help you cool down the stomach gases and bring about weight loss.
- Ginger and honey tea can also be a good alternative to green or regular tea. Ginger reduces hunger pangs and aids the burning of body fat.
- Add garlic to your diet. It can help control obesity and manage weight loss if consumed in appropriate portions of food.
All these remedies also aid the elimination of toxins from your body, which is highly beneficial to keep your body cool and healthy during the summer season. One way to gauge this is to know if you’re breaking a sweat, especially during your workout. Sweating is one way your body cleans the pores and keeps your skin glowing and healthy. However, that is not the only way you can care for your skin. Read on to know remedies/solutions for summer skin issues in adults.
Solutions for Skin Issues
Has your skin started showing signs of stress due to the lockdown? Use these remedies to bring the glow back to your beautiful face.
- Cleanse your skin with a cotton ball dipped in rose water at least once a day.
- A mixture of curd (2 tbsp), turmeric powder (1/2 tsp) and gram flour (1.5 tbsp) can be used as a beauty mask to rehydrate your skin and get rid of the dead skin.
- Aloe vera is a great alternative to the moisturiser that has been out of stock for weeks now. It can cool and tone your skin, making you look a few years younger.
- Cucumber paste can help cool the skin during summer. Cucumber juice is another great option for a natural skin toner.
- Tomato paste is another way you can exfoliate your skin. The acids in tomatoes can help bring about the regeneration of new cells too.
- For chapped lips, massage a drop of olive oil on your lips and let it sit for a while. Then, take about 1/4th teaspoon of salt/granulated sugar, add 2 to 3 drops of olive oil, mix and use it as a scrub to exfoliate your lips. Gently massage your lips for about a minute and wipe off the excess with a damp towel. If you do not have olive oil, you can use ghee instead. Then, all you have to do is smile through the lockdown.
We think the best way to ensure good health is through natural ingredients. The remedies mentioned above consist of ingredients that are readily available in everyone’s pantry. They need little time and are extremely simple to make. Plus, they can provide respite from the summer heat and also bring about healthy changes in your body. Now, no matter how long the lockdown lasts, nothing can stop you from living a healthy life with bare minimum essentials. Tell us what you think about them and also share the remedies that have been immensely useful to you during the lockdown.