How Can I Treat My Baby’s Cold Naturally?

It's that time of year! The weather changes and so many kids get sick. Here are a few natural cold remedies for babies.

Natural Cold Remedies for Babies

Natural and holistic cold remedies for babies are being used by more parents because of the risks associated with common over-the-counter cold medicine. The biggest issue with colds stem from a stuffed-up sneezer. And when your baby’s nose is blocked by mucus...everyone suffers! That’s why most natural cold remedies for babies focus on helping your baby to breathe comfortably.

How Can I Unblock My Baby’s Nose Home Remedies?

Nose Washers

Sounds weird, but it works! Collect some breastmilk from your nipple with an eyedropper, then tip back your baby’s head and put a drop or two into his nostrils. (Breastmilk contains white blood cells and antibodies that can fight off colds!)

Nose Suckers

Babies breathe out of their nose, so they hate when it's filled with mucus. I suggest swaddling first, putting a drop of saline nose drops (sold at any drug store) or breastmilk in the nose, and then using a nose sucker/nasal bulb syringe, to suck out the water…and loosened mucus.


Cool mist humidifiers are a must-have to keep mucus loose—especially if you live in a dry climate or high altitude. Remember to use distilled water and clean your humidifier.

Got a sick baby? You may also be interested in reading Never Give These Cold Medicines to a Baby.

About Dr. Harvey Karp

Dr. Harvey Karp, one of America’s most trusted pediatricians, is the founder of Happiest Baby and the inventor of the groundbreaking SNOO Smart Sleeper. After years of treating patients in Los Angeles, Dr. Karp vaulted to global prominence with the release of the bestselling Happiest Baby on the Block and Happiest Toddler on the Block. His celebrated books and videos have since become standard pediatric practice, translated into more than 20 languages and have helped millions of parents. Dr. Karp’s landmark methods, including the 5 S’s for soothing babies, guide parents to understand and nurture their children and relieve stressful issues, like new-parent exhaustion, infant crying, and toddler tantrums.

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