These remedies can be used for infants as well and are effective for children of all age groups.
Nutmeg powder application
Camphor with mustard oil
Take a camphor tablet and crush it. To this, add about ½ tsp of mustard oil (less or more depending on the size of the camphor tablet) enough to make a paste consistency. Mix it well until the camphor dissolves and apply this paste t o the spine and the soles of the feet.
Saffron and honey
Roast 3-4 strands of saffron and powder it. I normally put these strands on a small spoon and keep the spoon directly over the flame. The moment the saffron starts changing colour, take it off teh flame. Using the fingers crush the saffron into a powder. To this add a tbsp of honey and mix well. This can be had directly just like a syrup.
Cloves and honey
Similar to saffron, roast one clove and powder it. To this add honey, mix well and have it like a syrup. The dosage of this and frequency is same as that of saffron and honey. Cloves take longer to roast and powder than saffron, so to make it easy I keep roasted clove powder ready at home so i just take a pinch of the powder, add it to honey and give it to the kids.
Besides these remedies regular steaming and dabbing drops of eucalyptus oil on the clothes of the children also soothes them and provides relief from congestion