Since the time I started this column, many people have been writing to me, they ask me queries on dosages, alternatives etc. etc. I am glad to help as much as possible but I would like to share with my readers that I am not a physician (kindly check the disclaimer below) but nor were our grandmother's but they knew how to relieve us with herbs and spices available immediately at home.
EFFECTIVE HOME REMEDIES FOR BABIES
Babies.......Our precious little ones. We wouldn't want anything to happen to them, but it is well known that the immune systems of babies below the age of one year are immature. Hence, they are very susceptible to falling sick with slight changes in weather, diet, water etc.
Every time I went to the doctor when my baby was sick, he gave me so many packets of medicines, one for cold, one cough, one for allergy, one for fever, one for stomach pain. I felt like I was torturing my baby force feeding her so many different medicines. I'd have to use all my power to subdue her and force feed the medicine. So many times, my baby would reject the medicines by spitting it, vomitting it after crying. After all this I used to wonder if the medicine actually went into her body or not. I was scared to give her another dose as I was scared that it may become an overdose.
Feeding her the medicines was probably the biggest challenge for me. The moment husband dear came home the first thing I would do is to hand over to him was the challenge of feeding the Evening dose of the medicines. I'm sure many people would agree that feeding a baby so many medicines is a daunting task and after feeding them you are still worried. We are also worried if our baby sleeps too much, has a urinary tract infection or feels constipated because of the medicines given by the doctor as these are the common side effects of consuming the medicines.
So, even after administering the medicines by the doctor. you are worried.......
That's when I realized the value of home remedies.
Indians as a race don’t like to give babies western medicines at the drop of the hat, it is for this reason that most Indian households stock up on medicinal herbs to tackle common situations such as gripes in the middle of the night or a sudden rise in body temperature.
These are also popularly known as Dadi Ma ke nuskhe (Grandmother's prescriptions).
Here is an advertisement that most Indians growing up would remember.....The Woodward's Gripe water Advertisement.
DISCLAIMER : "HOME REMEDIES ARE JUST SUPPLEMENTARY APPROACHES. ALWAYS SEEK A QUALIFIED PHYSICIAN'S ADVICE FOR ANY ILLNESSES."