Tips for Cold & Flu Season
Posted on October 17 2018
One fact of parenthood is that kids will pick up every cold and bug going. Germs spread among children like wildfire. Apparently, babies get four colds in their first year of life alone. Seeing your little one miserable is tough. While we always advise seeking medical advise if you're worried about your child, we have also been there and have experienced the sleepless nights and snot-filled days. So here are our tips for coping with Cold & Flu Season;
ELEVATE THE HEAD OF THE BED
Like anyone with a cold, children can find it hard to sleep with a stuffy nose when they have a cold. Elevating the head of the cot can help relieve the pressure. Try propping up the legs with some sturdy books or putting a pillow under the cot sheet.
INVEST IN A HUMIDIFIER
Humidifiers are recommended in general for helping baby's breathe easier at night. When your child has a cold, they can be a godsend. Humidifiers create moisture in the air, keeping the nasal passages moist. There are specific ones on the market for aiding with colds and flu, but a regular one with some Olbas Oil will do the trick too.
CALPOL VAPOR PLUG
I swear by the Calpol Vapor Plug when my little boy has a cold. It releases a vapor that does wonders for lifting that stuffed up, chesty feeling. The refills can be a little pricey but it's a worthwhile purchase for a good nights sleep.
Saline drops can prove very helpful in clearing out the mucus that builds up in your little ones nose when they have a cold.
LOTS AND LOTS OF LIQUIDS!
Being sick can take a lot out of kids, just like us adults. Dehydration can happen easily, and fluids in general will help fight a cold or flu. Try offering and extra bottle, or drink to sip on throughout the day. Broths and soups count as liquids too and will warm up your little warrior.
A good thermometer is a must-have in any home with kids. Keep an eye on your little ones temperature to make sure they’re not running a fever. If they develop a high temperature, seek medical advice from your doctor.
CALPOL & NUROFEN
Just in case you'll need it, it's a good idea to stock up on Calpol and Nurofen. Use them to regulate temperature and generally lessen the symptoms. Always read the label and consult your doctor about appropriate dosage.
Snuffle Babe is a great alternative to Vicks Vaporub (which isn’t recommended for kids under 2 years), It can be used from 3 months old. Rub it into your childs feet and cover their feet with socks. It really works at helping with breathing and general stuffiness.
Along with lots of cuddles, patience and extra attention, these tips should really help survive the dreaded cold and flu season.