Is your little one returning to school or creche? As the seasons change and children start to spend more time together indoors, it’s inevitable that the ‘seasonal sniffles’ will strike. Coughs, colds, and sore throats often manifest around this time, meaning sleepless nights for all involved. For most children’s illnesses, parents will usually reach for the medicine bottle, but medication is often not recommended for children under two. Instead, here are some natural treatment for cold & cough symptoms.
Plenty of fluids
Keeping your little one hydrated helps thin out mucus, making it easier to clear little noses and chests. If you are breast or bottle feeding, offer feeds often. For older babies and toddlers, give water and avoid juices or sweet drinks.
Clear the airways
Babies can’t blow their noses, so when they get stuffed up, it’s a real problem for them. You can help with this by investing in a bulb syringe to clear blockages from your baby’s nose so they can breathe easier. Use as often as needed and wash after every use.
Humidify the room
In cooler weather, indoor heating can dry the air, which can irritate sore throats and increase coughing. Use a humidifier like the ClevaPure™ Salt Lamp and Humidifier to moisten the air in your little one’s nursery to help ease these symptoms and aid sleep.
Clean the air
Airborne irritants like smoke, pet dander, dust and strong cooking fumes can all increase irritation when your child has a cold or cough. The ClevaPure™ Salt Lamp and Humidifier contains Himalayan Salt crystals, thought to help naturally purify the air, which may help to reduce such irritation.
Rest is key to recovery when your little one is ill, so let them sleep, even if you are worried about disrupting their routine. Sleep is a great healer, and good for parents who are probably experiencing broken sleep too. So don’t feel guilty about curling up with your little one for a much-needed nap!
At night, turn on the ClevaPure™ Salt Lamp and Humidifier in your baby’s room. The comforting, melatonin-friendly glow cast by the lamp simulates sunset, which helps to trigger your baby’s body clock and signal that it’s time for sleep.
For a persistent cough or congestion, a steamy environment is a great natural treatment for cold and cough symptoms. Run the shower on hot with the door closed until the steam builds up, and sit with your child so they can breathe it in. Bring a book or toy in case they get bored or sing songs to pass the time. Do this before bed and it can help them sleep easier.
Rubbing your child’s back gently can help to loosen any phlegm lodged in the lungs. For toddlers and young children, you can gently pat their back rhythmically to help the process.
Honey (for 12 months+)
Honey must NEVER be offered to children under a year old due to risk of botulism. However, if your child is over 12 months old, a spoonful of the sweet stuff has been known to help ease sore throats and coughs. Manuka honey may be most known for its antibacterial properties but really, any honey will work. If you know a local beekeeper or somewhere that sells local organic honey, try and buy a jar there. You will be supporting local business, and are getting it fresh and pure at source.
The saying that you should ‘feed a cold’ may be true, but quality is always better than quantity. It can be an uphill struggle to get your little one to eat if they are unwell so try the ‘little and often’ approach and offer healthy foods as much as you can. If you are still breast/bottle feeding, you’re already doing a great job. For older children, try offering thin chicken soup. It’s easy to eat, hydrates, and can be pureed up with vegetables. Grandma knows best!
Remember – colds and coughs can develop into more serious illnesses, so always be vigilant and check for feverishness, rashes, or other symptoms. Listen to your instincts and if you think your child needs a doctor, don’t wait. It’s always best to be sure, even if it turns out to be nothing serious at all.
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