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Colds absolutely stink. I’m not a violent person but when they come around I just want to punch them in the face!! Our son, Foster, got his first cold when he was four months old and it absolutely terrified me. He is now 16 months old and has had several since then. I try my best to prevent the evil germs from making their way to my sweet boy but I don’t always succeed…obviously.
Every time he gets sick I promptly freak out, Google, freak out some more and then call the doctor…in that order. Through my many freak out sessions I’ve learned how to properly care for and comfort my little one when he gets a cold or congested. It helps me a lot to know that there are at least some things I can do to help ease his pain. Because when your child is sick you feel absolutely helpless. Here are 10 Ways to Help Punch Your Child’s Cold in the Face:
These magical myst makers help flush out the nasty junk that is stuck up your little ones nose. Getting everything out of their nose can be hard since they can’t blow it yet. Saline solution helps to loosen and flush out what they can’t do on their own.
And that leads me to…
This is one of those products that I thought was absolutely disgusting before having a baby. Who would want to suck snot?! Uh, me…that’s who. This invention is absolutely brilliant and hands down one of my favorites!
Once you have put saline in their nose to loosen up the junk. You gently place the tube agains their nose and suck. I have never in my life been so excited to see snot! When it’s leaving your child’s nose you know that they are one suck closer to feeling better.
p.s. Just so you know the snot doesn’t go into your mouth. I also thought that before having my son.
I have learned that you can create an “at home steam room.” All you do is turn the shower to the hottest setting, close the door and wait five to ten minutes. When you come back the room will be all nice and steamy. This is perfect for opening up airways and for getting all the junk that’s in their system loosened up. Do you love my technical lingo?!
It’s been a huge life saver when it comes to Foster and helping him kick the congestion to the curb. Plus, it’s pretty peaceful.
The diffusing world was a whole new one for me. I had always heard of them but didn’t know much about them. But, after Foster got his firs cold I quickly learned that these little puppies could offer some pretty serious relief.
I use it mainly at night time to help open up his airways. And that leads me to…
Breathe is a huge help when congestion is involved. I add it to the diffuser and his room is quickly filled with Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lemon and other sinus clearing smells that really help him, well, breathe.
Then I use OnGuard all cold and flu season to attempt to prevent any cold from every happening. That is at least the goal. p.s. I know someone who sells Essential Oil if you are interested just let me know, she’s super sweet.
Running a cool mist humidifier in your child’s room creates moisture in the air that can help unclog congestion. We’re all about unclogging in our house! The quicker that happens the faster your child will feel better and we all want that!
I absolutely love this chest rub! It smells so good and gives some relief to my son (I like to put it on too). I massage it onto Foster’s chest and back while we are in the steam room. I feel like this is a double whammy of goodness since the steam really brings out the Eucalyptus and Lavender in the rub. I know my little bit likes it because he just sits there and lets me massage him. That’s a huge deal for a someone that rarely sits still.
Good absorbent wash cloths are a must have when those high fevers hit. You need to have a plan ready because if you don’t you will freak out and then that’ll make your baby freak out. So, I like to have soft, absorbent washcloths at the ready. I put cold water on them, ring it out really good and then place it on my son’s forehead (usually while I nurse him). This has served as a great way to bring down his temp immediately while we are waiting for the medicine to do it’s trick. Which leads me to…
Tylenol and Motrin are a game changer when it comes to keeping your child’s fever at bay. I did not know that you can rotate them but after talking to my pediatrician I learned that you can give your child Tylenol and three hours later give them Motrin or you can wait four hours and give them Tylenol again. This is a big deal when my son’s fever was spiking back up quickly and he seemed like he was in pain. I wanted to give him more medicine as soon as I could to help his pain and fever. So, I always have both of these on hand because you never know when a virus (aka fever) will hit!
*I understand some people do not like medicine and that is totally great. This is just what works for us.
When you are sick being in comfortable jammies is one thing you can control. I try to make sure that Foster always has extra comfortable jammies ready when he’s feeling puny. We go through several a day since they usually get dirty pretty quickly.Plus, who doesn’t feel better when they look cute?!
Cold are literally the worst! We’ve been through a few at this point but the good news is we have picked up these tips along the way that help give us confidence and of course to kick that cold in the face!!
I hope this find you and your little ones well but if not, I hope it helps you head in that direction very soon!