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5 Runny Nose (Rhinorrhea) Home Remedies, Symptoms, Tips to Stop Sneezing

Swati Nitin Gupta
0 to 1 years

Created by Swati Nitin Gupta
Updated on Jul 12, 2018

5 Runny Nose Rhinorrhea Home Remedies Symptoms Tips to Stop Sneezing
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Change in season brings lots of problems for both children and their parents. Parents tend to get worried when their children start having cough, cold and runny noses (Rhinorrhea). Unlike us adults who can reach out for medicine for a cough or a cold, you cannot do the same for babies and toddlers. Medicines that are good for adults can have serious side-effects on children, especially under the age of 2 years. Moreover, administering too many medicines to a small child does not seem feasible for most mothers.

Hence they look for home remedies that are effective in treating the cold and making their child feel better. But first, let us understand the probable causes and symptoms that indicate cold in your child.

Why Does My Toddler Get Cold Often?

If you have been wondering what makes your bub catch colds so often, the simple answer is their immature immune systems. Add to that the fact that toddlers are most curious of all beings, and they keep on touching and exploring everything she comes across. This also means that she is susceptible to get cold viruses from many things, and when she rubs her nose or puts her fingers in a mouth, the virus's half job is done. Did you know that there are 200 different viruses of the cold? And most of them are more active during the winters.

What Are The Symptoms of Runny Nose in Children?

Though tricky to tell at first, a child with a runny nose will have clear mucus that turns to gray and yellow or green in a few days. A cough or chest infection may accompany your child's cold, and sometimes a low fever may also develop. He should be eating and playing almost normally, and if he still acts ill after the fever has come down, it might be something like an allergy or the flu. Look for signs of itchy eyes and nose for allergy and if he skips his meals and is very lethargic, he may have the flu. That warrants a visit to the hospital. So how can you cure a runny nose?

Home Remedies For Running Nose & Sneezing

Simple, effective home remedies to treat your toddler's runny nose are much safer and an inexpensive way to treat your child's cold. Here are some that I have personally tried and recommend:

  • Camphor and Coconut Oil Massage: Mix camphor oil and coconut oil and warm them. You may apply this all over your child's body during the night. It will not only help him sleep peacefully but will also help clear the chest congestion thus relieving him or her of a cough, cold and running nose
  • Jaifal & Milk: Take a pinch of jaifal and boil it in a spoonful of milk. Let it come to room temperature. Give this to your child. It will give him immediate relief
  • Steam: Nothing works best on cough, cold, and running nose than steam. Make your bathroom a steam room by closing the door and turning on the tap on full hot. The steam generated will help your child in congestion thus relieving him of running nose as well
  • Mustard Oil Massage: Heat some mustard oil with ajwain, garlic, and heeng. Let it come to a lukewarm temperature, then massage your child's back and chest with this oil twice a day. You will see the difference
  • Ginger and Honey: Ginger and honey mix are what our grandmoms used to give us when we had a cold and cough. So this is another effective remedy that works wonders. Grate some ginger and squeeze its juice. Mix it with honey. Give this to your child thrice a day and you will see the difference. 

Watch this video get to know runny nose remedies.

Home Remedies For Cold In 0-6 Months Babies

Your baby may have her first brush with cold while she is younger than 6 months of age. It can be a difficult phase for both the parents and the baby, being so fragile and delicate. Babies can become cranky and irritable during cold and cough and they may not be able to sleep and rest too. That makes matters even worse. However, given below are some simple remedies to treat young babies' cold without using medicines. They can help the baby ease her discomfort and provide quick relief from cold. Here are five home remedies for children that will help your child in this changing weather.

  1. Breast-milk for Cold: Breast-milk contains all the necessary antibodies to help your baby fight off bacteria and viruses. Breastfed babies also develop stronger immunity. It also keeps your baby hydrated
  2. Garlic and Carom Seeds Pouch: In a clean muslin cloth, place about 2 cloves of garlic and some ajwain seeds that have been dry-roasted and cooled. Place this potli or pouch in the baby cot or crib. Because of the anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties of both these ingredients, the fragrance of garlic-infused-ajwain clears nasal congestion and gets rid of cold
  3. Mustard Oil Massage with Carom Seeds & Garlic: Most of us mothers massage our babies. During the time when your baby is running cold, infuse the mustard oil used for massaging the baby with garlic cloves and ajwain seeds. Simply heat about 1/4 cup of mustard oil and add chopped up cloves of garlic. Let them turn brown in the oil, and then add the carom seeds for a few seconds. Remove from heat and once cooled, use this for massaging the baby
  4. Kesar Tilak: Saffron or Kesar is believed to have many medicinal benefits for young and old alike. Considered pious, simply put a kesar tilak on your baby's forehead and soles when she sleeps in the night. To make Kesar tilak, you can rub a few strands of Kesar on a stone pad and prepare some paste. Kesar Tilak is believed to absorb water that may have accumulated in the baby's head
  5. Dress your baby in warm clothes: When it is cold, make sure the baby has dressed appropriately. Exposure to cold, even for a few seconds can make her catch a cold. Dress the baby appropriately so that her chest remains warm. And avoid using blankets or quilts, as they may pose the risk of suffocation

Runny nose toddler

How to Stop Running Nose Immediately?

A runny nose can be a real deal-breaker if the child wants to rest and sleep. Because of breathing difficulties, he can feel annoyed and irritable and even be sleep deprived. However, it is believed that massaging certain points on the nose, corner of the eyes and behind the earlobe can provide immediate relief from running nose. Using your fingertips, gently massage in round movements. Start from the cavity of the corner of the nostrils by pushing them together gently. A gentle massage on the just below the corner of the eyes should be followed. After that massage the earlobe, both from the front and the back. Make sure you are not exerting too much pressure and make the child uncomfortable. Always look for cues in your child.

Runny Nose Treatment For Children

If your child's nose is blocked, runny and stuffy use nasal washes to clear the airways. A blocked nose can cause your child trouble breathing and sleeping. She may also not eat well. For clearing a blocked nose in a toddler:

  • Try Saline Drops: Saline drops may help loosen the mucus from the child's nose and help clear it. You should be able to remove mucus from your child's nose once it is slightly loose
  • Increase Intake of Fluids: Warm liquids can help thin out the mucus and get rid of the stuffy nose in your child. Water, juice, and milk are all great drinks, and so are soups and hot chocolates
  • Honey: Honey is often given to children before bedtime to help soothe a sore throat and a cold. Half a teaspoon of honey should do the trick. Always remember that honey can be given to children over the age of 1
  • Elevate: When you put your baby down to sleep, make sure you raise her head by placing it on a pillow. An elevated head may make it easier for her to breathe and she will sleep better
  • Use a Nebulizer: Nebulisers might be effective by helping your baby get rid of cold and clear her nose. Find out if nebulizers are safe for your baby

I hope these remedies help you and your child battle the seasonal changes effectively. Let us know if you know of any other remedy that I might have missed.

This content has been checked & validated by Doctors and Experts of the parentune Expert panel. Our panel consists of Neonatologist, Gynecologist, Peadiatrician, Nutritionist, Child Counselor, Education & Learning Expert, Physiotherapist, Learning disability Expert and Developmental Pead.

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| Mar 09, 2016

Thank you for an interesting and informative blog. It is like I have found solution for my problem. Keep writing Swati.

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| Mar 09, 2016

Thank you Swati for an informative blog

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| Mar 09, 2016

Thank u mam it's really gud for my daughter

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| Mar 09, 2016

Very useful article for my daughter.

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| Mar 09, 2016

Thank you ladies!

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| Mar 09, 2016

Thanks swati....

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| Mar 09, 2016

Can I give dis for 11 months old baby

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| Mar 10, 2016

@karishma yes you may give it to a 11 months old baby but in minute quantities.

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| Mar 09, 2016

Thank u for an informative blog

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| Mar 09, 2016

Hi Swathi thanks for the information Can I give dis to a 3 months baby as she is suffering from cold and cough. .

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| Mar 09, 2016

Jayfal n milk is very effective.. m using it for my kido...

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| Mar 10, 2016

Thanks.... my son is suffering from the same now i will try this...

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| Mar 10, 2016

@Vinatha you may give the massage and steam to your 3 month old baby. for other remedies, the baby is too young to even try any of these.

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| Mar 10, 2016

Thanks Swati for ur remedies. Keep posting !

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| Mar 10, 2016

Can I give this to my 1 year old baby. .??

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| Mar 10, 2016

Yes ashwaraya u can...

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| Mar 10, 2016

Thanks for the informative information to us. keep posting such good info.

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| Mar 11, 2016

Hiii.... i applied all remedies which r given here.. but no effect on my baby ...he us still suffering from cold cough nd running nose nd fever ..plz tell me what should i do except medicines ..plzzz tell me ....

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| Mar 12, 2016

@radhika stop all the medicines, and treatment and just give him steam as much as you can and as many times as you can. If still there is no improvement then it is better to get him checked by another doctor.

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| Mar 12, 2016

Yes steam is the best... my personal xperience.... my son had bad cough n running nose.. I gave steam for 4 days twice a day.... he was ok...

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| Mar 13, 2016

Thanku for sharing such an effective remedies.. i was searching for home remedies fir my baby.. it was very helpful..

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| Mar 17, 2016

Thanks,for important information. I will apply this to my 1 year old son. Now he is suffering from cold.

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| Mar 24, 2016

Thank u for the remedies

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| Apr 01, 2016

Wow Jaifal worked like a miracle. My son was suffering from runny nose n sneezing since a week. I gave him a pinch of jaifal powder and it worked really fab. Thank u. It would b a greatful if i cld get such an immediate relief remedy for cough too....

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| Apr 04, 2016

We can even give 3-4 leaves of saffron mixed and well dissolved in a almond paste (made with almond finely churned in Luke warm milk) daily till the baby has cold.... I gave it to my 1. 9 year old daily in the winters and it helped a lot....

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| Apr 06, 2016

What is jaifal?And where do we get this?

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| Apr 06, 2016

Jaiphal is called nutmeg. you can get it in any super store or shops like nuts n spices as well.

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| Jun 08, 2016

can we give jaggery (gur)to 6 months baby. ??

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| Jun 08, 2016

can we give jaggery (gur)to 6 months baby. ??

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| Jun 20, 2016

thanku so much for suggestions mam.

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| Jun 24, 2016

r these tips useful for baby too mine is 6 months old

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| Jun 28, 2016

thanks

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| Jul 02, 2016

homemade suggestions are really best for the child and I was looking for it from many days so thanks a lot mam....

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| Jul 05, 2016

Thank you so much

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| Jul 06, 2016

very nice

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| Jul 06, 2016

thnk u so much... as well I used 4th one and got immediate effect to my daughter. :-)

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| Jul 06, 2016

Very useful, nd thank u.

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| Jul 09, 2016

Option 5 works good I tried for my son

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| Jul 09, 2016

thanx for dadi maa ke nuskhe

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| Jul 11, 2016

the 5th remedy works well

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| Jul 18, 2016

thanks a lot for this remedies

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| Jul 18, 2016

wonderful tips... thanks a lot

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| Jul 18, 2016

Hi Swati really this gonna be very very effective n useful tips fr all the parents.... rather than giving lits of antibiotics was really worthless n wastage of money as it affects directly to tiny tots n harm them........ use these home remedies will definitely work out without any side effects...... Thanks

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| Jul 19, 2016

Very helpful tips.. thanx for sharing!

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| Jul 26, 2016

@swati, can I apply these remedies to my 3 month's baby

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| Jul 31, 2016

thank a lot..

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| Aug 09, 2016

till what age we can give this home medicine? can we give it to 1yr and a 5 months baby?

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| Aug 10, 2016

mustard oil message is very helpful and can be done to very small age kids too.

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| Aug 14, 2016

thank you very much..

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| Aug 31, 2016

My kid doesn't take ginger and honey. he has the habit of vomiting any new food in his mouth to taste. how can I bring such practise to introduce him medicinal foods

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| Sep 09, 2016

Ginger n honey mixture is very gud ..It is effective on sore throat n that early morning cough as well.

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| Sep 09, 2016

Thanks a lot really helpful

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| Sep 09, 2016

where can we get camphor oil from?

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| Sep 09, 2016

thank u so much for this useful tricks.

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| Sep 10, 2016

Thank

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| Sep 10, 2016

thank q for giving valuble tips

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| Sep 10, 2016

Thnx

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| Sep 11, 2016

Thank u so mch... my daughter is suffering from severe runny nose ryt now n it will help me wonders

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| Sep 12, 2016

awesome

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| Sep 14, 2016

Hi... My baby is 5 months old.... From the above mentioned remedies which is preferable for her as per her age??

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| Sep 14, 2016

my son suffering from severe cold he is on antibiotics but still not working, which remedy works well for you please share.

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| Sep 16, 2016

Make ur child eat tulasi leaves.. This will help a lot.. If your baby is below less than one year, mix 4 drops of tulasi juice with honey..

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| Sep 17, 2016

My son has thick white layer formed in ears due to contineous running nose. Which remedy works well for him please share.

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| Sep 30, 2016

camphor and ghee works as a miracle... very gud tips.... thank u soooo much for ur guidance

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| Oct 01, 2016

Thnks

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| Oct 04, 2016

Thank you.......

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| Oct 05, 2016

Thank u dandruff comes above eyes lashes what should we do

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| Oct 05, 2016

thank u for valuable info

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| Oct 05, 2016

Ginger honey worked in my case.

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| Oct 05, 2016

thank you so much for good advice

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| Oct 05, 2016

Thanks a lot. Nice article

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| Oct 06, 2016

I am a mother of 5months baby,I have lot of hair fall and dandruff problem. What should I do. Please suggest me.

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| Oct 07, 2016

my daughter is having chest congestion from last 20 days... I hv given her nebulizer Bt no improvement n nw m giving her antibiotics... I m really worried Bt no improvement... she coughs only 2-3 times Bt the sound is too heavy...

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| Oct 07, 2016

richa how old ur baby? how kuch ginger honey u gave to ur baby

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| Oct 07, 2016

well. ,i would like to give one more tip. ,add pinch of turmeric,pepper powder to the glass of warm milk and give to kid twice a day, it also works better. ,

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