Cough and Cold during Pregnancy and their Management

Cough and Cold during Pregnancy and their Management

“Now I’m Pregnant.. while coughing, my abdomen is paining.And also will the cold symptom harm my baby? How can I get rid of this? Please help me out.” thoughts of many pregnant ladies.

This is the common question asked by many MoMsters.

Pregnant ladies have a weaker immune system, that’s the reason they are more vulnerable to viral and bacterial infections. But don’t worry MoMsters, the symptoms of cold will not affect your baby who is protected in the womb by the placenta. You might feel discomfort while coughing.”

Common cold can be caused by more than 200 different viruses; there is no medical cure for the common cold, it will get better on their own. We have to just ease the symptoms. (Caring MoMster will help you by giving few tips on home remedies)

Cold Symptoms during Pregnancy:

  • Runny nose (1st a clear later a yellow discharge).   pregnancy
  • Nasal stuffiness.          
  • Sore throat.                 
  • Feeling tired
  • Slightly swollen glands.
  • Mild fever (100-101 degree F).

Symptoms usually last for 5-7 days.

How to find out whether it is an Allergy Cold:

  • Continuous sneezing.
  • Itching of the nose, ears, and throat.
  • Watery eyes.
  • Runny and blocked nose
  • Dust and pollution trigger the symptoms worst.


  • Dry cough is generally due to upper respiratory infection, sometimes acid reflux will also cause cough.
  • Some of the allergens such as dust mites, pollution, pollen, smoking, alcohol smell, agarbhati smell, chemical fumes, and paint smell trigger an allergy cough which is caused by your immune system’s response.

Dear MoMsters any cough lasting more than 2 weeks must be evaluated, so please take care.

Point to be remembered: Antibiotics do not work on infections caused by viruses. Then you may wonder why doctors prescribe antibiotics?

Let me clear your doubt…

“When doctor diagnosis symptoms related to acute bronchitis, Pneumonia, or Acute bacterial sinusitis, only then he prescribes antibiotics to treat because these infections are bacterial and not viral.”

Now you may wonder how to treat cold and cough during pregnancy! Medicines are safe during pregnancy?

Let me tell you that cold and cough medicines contain multiple ingredients so it is best to check with your gynaecologist about their safety in pregnancy. But most of doctors advise to avoid medications for simple common cold and cough during pregnancy, because few medicines affect the health of foetus. That’s the reason we came out with the amazing and safe home remedies for cough and cold during pregnancy.

Ease Cold and Cough symptoms by using some Home Remedies:

  • Steam Inhalation: Helps to clear mucus in the nose and relieves sinuses symptoms. Doing steam inhalation 3 times per day will help.
  • Saline nasal spray: It is a solution of sodium chloride and a form of nasal irrigation. This helps to relieve nasal congestion and is safe during pregnancy. pregnancy
  • Gargle: Gargling with warm salt water helps to remove throat infection and cough.

Recipe: Take 1 teaspoon of table salt and turmeric with 1 cup of warm water. Stir until the salt dissolves. Then gargle with it several times and spit it out.

Doing gargle 3 times a day will help.

  • Turmeric Milk: Drink a glass of warm turmeric milk before bed, which works like a magic because turmeric works as anti-allergy and antiviral.

Recipe: Take ½ teaspoon of turmeric + ¼ teaspoon of black pepper + a drop of honey (honey is rich in antioxidants) mix all 3 ingredients in the warm milk.

This warm drink helps in faster recovery from cold and cough.

  • Medicinal extract: Extract the ginger juice and tulsi leaves.

Recipe: Boil half-inch grated ginger with a cup of water + add few tulsi leaves to the boiling water. Stir the extract and add ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder + a drop of honey.

Consume it to get relief from a cough.

  • Take plenty of rest which helps to fight the virus and make you feel better.
  • Keep your head elevated on your pillow while resting to make breathing easier.
  • Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water per day, which helps to loosen mucus and avoid dehydration.
  • Drink warm water.

Cold & Cough Prevention is better than cure especially during pregnancy:

  • Immune boosting foods:

Take immune boosting foods like dry fruits, almonds, spinach, oranges, kiwi, melon and green vegetables. 

  • Prenatal Vitamins:

Taking your prenatal vitamin which contains vitamin B12, vitamin C, zinc, iron and so on will help in preventing cold symptoms.

(But don’t take any medicines or supplements without your doctor’s consultation). 

  • Avoid anything that triggers your symptoms: like – if you are sensitive to house dust mites, pollution, smoking, alcohol smell, agarbhati smell, chemical fumes and paint smell.
  • Maintain good personal hygiene: Make sure you wash your hands before you eat and also cultivate the habit of washing fruits and vegetables with running water before you eat.
  • Keep nails short and trim them often in order to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Regular baths and wearing clean clothes are good hygiene practices.
  • Drink plenty of fluids: During the Winter period always boil water and store for drinking purposes.
  • Avoid refrigerated food: During winter if you are sensitive for cold items, then avoid refrigerated food and ice cubes.
  • Two vaccines are routinely recommended during pregnancy:
  • Flu (influenza) shot: The flu shot is recommended for women who are pregnant during flu season (October – May).
  • Tdap Vaccine: These vaccines are given to protect against tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough (pertussis), which is safe during pregnancy. 
  • Avoid close contact with a sick person.
  • Reduce Stress and get enough sleep.
  • Eat healthy and go for regular check-ups.

Consult gynecologist if you have symptoms of:

  • fever over 100 °F.
  • have severe pain when swallowing.
  • coughing up yellowish mucus.
  • experience nausea or vomiting.
  • decreased fetal movement.
  • if cold and cough lasts more than 1 week.

“Dear MoMsters incorporate our tips and stay healthy during pregnancy.

To encourage us, just share in the comments section below and also you are most welcome to give a few more safety tips for pregnant ladies”



Minor ailments during pregnancy and their management.

Minor ailments during pregnancy and their management.

Hello dear MoMsters, did you just come to know you’re pregnant or about to complete 1st or 2nd or 3rd trimester?

Are the minor ailments stealing your precious moments?

Do not worry! We can provide some much-needed support and with that information, you can manage the minor ailments of pregnancy without having any stress.

First of all, keep your mind cool and at peace.  I know it is easier said than done but discomforts are going to have a negative impact on maternal happiness; hence improved knowledge about it might reduce the need for medication during this phase.

Undoubtedly, pregnancy is one of the most precious and important times in a woman’s life. However, during pregnancy, it is always suggested to take safe medicines/treatment for minor ailments (All the ailments are explained in detail  in the next blog posts individually)  such as:

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea 
  • Nasal congestion
  • Cough
  • Indigestion/heartburn
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Toothache during pregnancy
  • Back pain
  • Leg cramps
  • Sleepless night
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Headache
  • Morning sickness

Again I am pointing out; please make sure the medicine is safe to take during pregnancy, and you can try safe home remedies before taking medicines.

let us start with the first ailment: Constipation >>>


Common cold In Babies-Precautions and Tips

Common cold In Babies-Precautions and Tips

Common Cold ? cough? Is your baby suffering with cold and cough ?

Did you try our tips and preventive methods ?

Please follow our Tips and preventive measures and do let us know if they were helpful !!

We hope you have gone through our first article which is about Cold and cough and its symptoms and also a few homes made remedies to cure it.

But, are we waiting to see our little ones to catch a cold and suffer with it… No, right? 

As it is said… “Prevention is better than cure”. Let us see how can we prevent our babies to suffer from cold and cough. 


  • Try to keep your surroundings clean & dust free. During winter cover the child with Dettol washed sweater & head cap.
  • Make sure breastfeeding mom is not suffering from cold. If so, cover your mouth with a mask while feeding the baby and wash your hand each time when you carry the baby.Mother covering her mouth to spread cold

[Remember through breastfeed common cold will never transfer to baby, it’s through inhaled air].

  • For babies of  6 monFoods to be taken during cold ths and above provide plenty of vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables to boost immunity. [Our future blog says a lot about vitamin-rich recipes.] 

Consult the doctor if you notice the following:

See a doctor if your baby has these symptoms of cold

  • If the child has a fever that lasts over 2 days & seems to be more tired than normal.
  • If the child is getting dehydrated or vomiting repeatedly.
  • The fever is up and down.
  • Babies & toddlers begin to sound wheezy & secreting uncontrolled phlegm.
  • If the child not feeding & reduced urine than normal.
  • If they are unusually quiet.
  • If the child wakes up frequently at night time.
  • If the cold continued for more than 7 days.
  • If the infant has constant ear pain or pulling at ears.
  • If the child has skin rashes.
  • If the child has a chronic or bark like cough?

General tips on giving medicine:

drops for cold and cough

  • If the infant has a fever, give Ibuprofen for pediatric use or consult a doctor what to keep in the medical kit in case of an emergency. (look for recommended dosages on the cover of a bottle or go as per doctor instruction).
  • Don’t give any medicine to a baby younger than 4-month-old, unless your doctor suggests you to do so.
  • Any medicines don’t give 5 doses in one day.
  • Give the right dosage by reading the doctor’s prescription carefully.

So, this much for now. We hope, you have gone through the tips and would have felt relaxed for a while. Now, you are a step away to deal with cough and cold in your infants/toddlers. Thanks, MoMsters for loving your child more than yourself. We care for you. Any query please feel free to comment.

Happy caring !! 🙂

Common Cold in kids and home remedies to cure it !

Common Cold in kids and home remedies to cure it !

Want to try few home remedies for your kids’ cold and cough? Try according to instruction given. Let us know if it worked?

I hope if you are reading this article that means you want to explore more about cold and cough or your baby is suffering with it and you want to know some good homemade remedies. Let us go one by one !!

Some of the home remedies to ease the symptoms are:

running nose in kids

  •  First, make your infant comfortable. Provide him/her extra rest and an increased amount of fluids. baby is comfortable during coldIf you find nasal congestion during cold, use saline nasal drops that are available in medical stores. [Dosages – 3 hours once, 2 drops in each nostril.]
  • Steam inhalation

Steam InhalationIf the infant is more than 1 year old give steam inhalation 3 times per day. (Trust me it really loosens mucus in the nose and eases nasal congestion and sinus symptoms).

Note: have a careful look at babies while making them inhale; they should not get burnt by hot steam.

  • Mustard oil massage

Massaging kidDuring the cold period, give mustard oil massage before bath (recommended for both babies & toddlers).

During bedtime, warm mustard oil with small pieces of garlic cloves dipped in it should be massaged.Cloves in mustard oil for massage in cold

Apply mustard oil on betel leaves and slightly warm the leaf on low heat. Place the warm betel leaves on the chest area and also on the back of the kid.

beetle leaf in cold[By doing this you will notice baby stool with mucus – i.e. removing phlegm from chest congestion.] beetle leaf and mustard oil for cold

The phenol present in betel leaves contains anti-inflammatory & antiseptic properties that provide quick relief from chest congestion.

  • Medicinal Extracts:

Tulasi and karpur extract for coldPrepare Tulsi ( Ocimum tenuiflorum) extract and karpuravalli (Plectranthus amboinicus) extract.

[Dosage: 3 ml/per day for babies of 6, months and above and 5 ml for toddlers once in the morning (before morning food)]

Tulsi and Karpuravalli is an excellent cure for cough & cold.

  • A very simple & effective method is  Ginger (Zingiber officinale) rasa with a pinch of turmeric (Curcuma longa) powder whichGinger in cold reduces cough & cold. [Recommended for babies 6 months and above].
  • Turmeric+Honey in Warm GheeAdd pinch of turmeric (Curcuma longa) and honey in warm ghee. This (honey) is recommended for babies of 1 year and above.  It gives immediate relaxation in cough. Turmeric and Honey Note: This remedy is quite effective as one of our momsters use it whenever required. If you need more detail, kindly post your query in the comment section.
  • Breastfeeding

Breast feedingLast but not least, “Breastfeeding your baby will provide antibodies & enzymes that help to protect against illness”.

Note: Home remedies for common cold should be followed only for 4 days, if still cold persists, please consult the pediatrician.

So, dear Momsters, these all are tried and tested by various moms. Please do let us know in the comment section if you have used any of these remedies and how did it work.

Happy Motherhood!

Common Cold in Babies/Toddlers and Its Symptoms

Common Cold in Babies/Toddlers and Its Symptoms

Hey Momsters,did you just search “cold and cough in your baby” ?

Have a lots of questions in mind?

How do I know if my baby has a cold?

When should I worry about my babies’ cold?

When should I take my infant to the doctor for a cold? and the list goes on.. 

Then,you are at the right place and if you are familiar with these sounds (aachoo) and hearing them more often. don’t worry. Please read our article, you will get some tips  …. !!!

Baby Sneezing

First of all. Have a sigh of relief.

We have gathered information from various Moms and are presenting in the form of an article. Kindly follow the tips which have given positive results in such cases… 

 So, let’s begin…… 

Once again, hi/hello/Namaskar to our lovely and Caring MoMsters. First, let me introduce about common cold briefly & later we can jump into safe home remedies for our little wonders!

The common cold can be caused by more than 200 different viruses. – (uff so many viruses!) Virus which causes cold

Yes, babies and toddlers are more susceptible to the common cold. Most children have at least 12 colds in the first 2 years of life.

Each cold can last about 2 weeks. (Yup it’s a struggle period for all moms).

Symptoms of a cold with both babies and toddler

when to see a doctor when baby is suffering with cold

  • Runny nose (1st  a clear later a yellow discharge).
  • Decreased appetite (for toddlers).
  • Sore throat.
  • Mild fever (101-102 degree F).
  • Feeling tired and fussy.
  • Slightly swollen glands.

Most of the parents wonder, why do doctors prescribe antibiotics for small kids.

There is no medical cure for the common cold and each symptom is treated separately.

When a doctor diagnoses symptoms related to acute bronchitis, Pneumonia, or Acute bacterial sinusitis, only then he prescribes antibiotics to treat because these infections are bacterial and not viral.

We are not done yet. You will have more to explore about cold and cough in our next articles. Know more about preventive measures and homemade remedies for common cold and cough in our upcoming articles.

Stay tuned 🙂

Have a great day !!

Happy Caring!