When you say babies, How old are babies?
I think my mom was giving me hot toddies when I was sick by the time I was 4. But these were the days when nightquil(sp?) had alcohol in it. If they are over a year you can give them hot honey water with lemon.
last night i boiled lemon, ginger, mint, and honey with water. yummy and helped my tummy ache adn my head. I felt like i was coming down with a head cold or something.
I remeber this old chinese lady given my parents chinese tea when I was sick. it taste terrible, but i swear the next day I would always be better. she started giving it to us when I was 5.