Home > Baby > Health > Kids > School Age > Toddler > How To Help Your Kids Through A Common Cold Post author By The Mum Club Post date 19 May 2021 How To Help Your Kids Through A Common Cold The Mum Club19 May 2021 Let’s be honest, being born without the ability to blow your nose is a real kill joy, which makes your baby’s first cold a frustrating experience for both of you. And they’ll keep on coming; one every few weeks for their first few years of their lives. At least, it’ll feel like that. Obviously, we’re entirely grateful it’s just a cold. Nonetheless, we could do without up to a week of sleepless nights. So here’s how we keep your tots as comfortable as possible. *Please be aware that some tips are age-appropriate, and if your baby has a fever, please consult your doctor. Keep them hydrated Just like when we’re sick plenty of fluids are key, so make sure you keep them hydrated. If your baby is under six months, breastmilk or formula is enough. Water beakers are great to offer to older babies, and for kids to have by the side of their beds – as they don’t leak or spill. 360 Sippy Cup Munchkin Buy Now Buy some antioxidant rich honey If they’re over one year old, try warm water with lemon and honey. We like Jarrah honey – it’s expensive but it’s two to three times higher in antioxidants than Manuka, so all the better for fighting of bugs. Manuka Honey Jarrah Gold Buy Now Feed them flu fighting foods For children that are weaning or weaned, cold-busting solids include: Bananas – rich in vitamin C to boost the immune system and potassium to aid their sleep. Sweet potatoes – loaded with vitamins, fibre, and so filling. Porridge (easy to digest, warm in their tummies and for babies over one you can add honey. Vitamin C Sambucol Buy Now This is the best humidifier for your babies room Air humidifiers keep the air moist and some have a diffuser function which allows you to add soothing essential oils such as lavender (hello sleep… we wholly recommend). The genius Babymoov also acts as a night light with calming colour settings. It’ll keep the air damp so noses and throats don’t feel quite as dry; especially helpful when winter brings central heating. Humidifier Babymoov Buy Now Make your own steam room If you have a bathroom with a bath and a separate shower cubicle, turn the shower on during bathtime and set it to REALLY hot. The bathroom will function as a makeshift steam room, helping to unblock your babe. Can I raise their head with a pillow? Some mums use blankets folded underneath bedding to help raise their children’s heads or pillows if older. However, it is not suggested to use pillows to prop up young babies heads, so check at what age it is appropriate for you to do this. Saline drops will help them breath Saline drops are great for clearing the airway. Use drops for babies and the spray for bigger kids. It might only last for a couple of hours but every little helps. Saline Drops Calpol Buy Now Get Their Vits In Vitamins won’t kill a cold but they do give your body strength to fight it. Kids who eat a sensibly balanced diet get everything they need from their food, but if you have a fruit and veg refusenik on your hands you might need to top up their vits. We like Animal Parade for older children, Nature’s Aid drops for babies. Multi-Vitamins Natures Aid Buy Now What about probiotics and immune boosters? We’re huge believers in taking probiotics to help create a healthy gut, and that thought extends to our children. Optibac is our favoured brand, it is developed especially for babies, toddlers and children and contains a unique blend of 3 of the most scientifically researched strains for children from 0 to 12 years. You can also give your children Sambucol which is packed full of antioxidants and other ingredients that help support a healthy immune system (basically we’ll try anything!). Probiotics Optibac Buy Now Put vapour rub on their chest and feet (yes feet!) Smother a vapour rub on their chest, back and a touch on their nose, and on their feet. Yes their feet! Apply to the soles of your baby’s feet then put some socks over the top (it works just as well with an all in one). Keeping your babies feet warm will also help them sleep and get over the virus faster… then when they turn two you can turn to Vicks. Baby Vapour Rub Vicks Buy Now And finally…suck it out That’s right, suck the snot right out of their nose. Yes you can buy one of those snot sucking machines that work very well but honestly the best way is to do it yourself. No, they won’t thank you for it. No, you won’t feel good about it, but if it gives you a few hours of sleep it’s worth it, right? Just knock it back with a massive gulp of wine and we’ll never speak of this again. Until next time… Nasal Aspirator Braun Buy Now Tags 5minuteread, Yournaptimeknowhow The Mum Club19 May 2021 ← Perfectly Acceptable Parenting Lies We All Tell Our Kids → Brands We Love That Now Have A Girls Range.