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One of the most frustrating things about being the parent of an infant or toddler (and any age for that matter!) is seeing them sick and not knowing what to do for them. It’s hard when they can’t communicate with you and explain exactly what it is that’s bothering them. Since we have entered the winter season, colds are sure to pop up in your family (if they haven’t already!). We have already been through several in our family now that the older kids are in school.
My 7-month old recently had his first cold, and I felt so bad seeing him congested and frustrated because he couldn’t breathe through his nose. While you can’t cure a cold, there are some things you can do to help your children feel more comfortable and manage their symptoms because healthy children make happy children!
- Offer your child fluids as needed to prevent dehydration. If your baby is nursing, allow him/her to nurse as often as needed–breast milk also has immunological benefits for baby.
- To help get rid of the extra mucus that can result from a cold, use a bulb syringe or my personal favorite, the NoseFrida to suction your infant or toddler’s nose. Be sure to clean the nasal aspirator after usage to prevent the spread of germs.
- You can use saline nose drops to help thin nasal mucus and make it easier to get out with a suctioning device.
- Use a humidifier (we have this one) in your child’s room to help keep the air moisten. Colds often strike in the colder months, when the heat is on inside and the air is drier. Moistening the air can help nasal congestion. Just make sure you change the water daily to prevent mold from growing in the humidifier.
- Encourage your child to rest as much as possible!
- Use a natural vapor rub (3 months and older), instead of the ones that can contain petroleum and parabens. Apply the rub to your child’s chest, neck, and back.
What are YOUR tips for helping babies and toddlers fight colds?