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Home Remedies for Dry Cough in Babies, Toddlers and Kids

By Sangeetha

Dry rough cough in babies and toddlers? Today we bring to you the home remedies for dry cough in babies, toddlers and kids.

Dry cough is a result of the irritation at the back of throat. It aggravates during evening and night. Long persistent coughs often results in immense chest pain.

home remedies for dry cough in babies, toddlers and  kids
home remedies for dry cough in babies, toddlers and  kids

5 Home remedies for dry cough in babies, toddlers and kids:

Though there is no phlegm, the cough could be terrible and can give sleepless nights to both baby and parents. In all the remedies for dry cough mentioned here, jaggery is added so that babies and kids won’t get the bitterness of the medicines.


  1. Breast milk

Usually babies below 6 months need only breast milk to recover from dry cough. The anti bodies in the breast milk can fight off the germs and infection.

In extreme cases, where the infant is unable to sleep at all through out the night, there might be infection or inflammation in the chest. You definitely need to consult the pediatrician then.


  1. Jeera water/ Cumin water

Add 1-2 teaspoons of jeera/cumin seeds to the boiling water. Give this water at regular intervals.


  1. Kashayam

This kashayam is made with Indian herbs and spices. You can give this kashayam once or twice to the baby.

  • Kandanthipili/long pepper/papal – 1 inch
  • Sitharathai/Indian giner or snap ginger, Kulanjan – 1 inch
  • Vethalai/ betel leaf – 1
  • Pepper – ¼ spoon
  • Jaggery – ½ spoon (as per taste)

Crush all the above ingredients and add to 1 glass of water. Boil till it reduce to half glass of water.

Filter it and make your baby drink when it is warm.


  1. Dry ginger coffee

This coffee  made with dry ginger and coriander seeds can be given once or twice for quick relief from dry cough.

  • Dry Ginger – ½ spoon
  • Coriander seeds – 2 spoon
  • Pepper – ¼ spoon
  • Jaggery – as per taste

Crush all the three ingredients except jaggery and add to water. Add the crushed ingredients to 2 cup of water. Boil till it reduces to 1 cup of water. Filter it and add jaggery.

You can also read another version of chukku kaappi or dry ginger coffee for babies.

  1. Honey and pepper concoction
  • Honey – 2 tsp
  • Pepper crushed – ½ teaspoon

Heat 1 cup of water and add honey to it.  Add crushed pepper to it and mix well.

Give this concoction to your toddler before sleep at night.

If you are looking for home remedies for your child, you can also check out home remedies for cold and cough, chest congestion and gas troubles in babies and kids.

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