Since the beginning of January we’ve battled the Norovirus, Colds, Bronchitis and Ear Infections. It felt like when one thing started to go away another thing popped up and I know I’m not the only family out there that has been fighting their way through the Cold & Flu Season. Since I feel I’ve become a minor expert on how to help make things easier for toddlers during this season, I thought I would share a few of my tips on how to help your little ones featuring Little Remedies.
For Stuffy Noses:
My youngest son is a thumbsucker. He formed a special relationship with his thumb in the womb and hasn’t let go since. The problem with this is that it took him a long time to figure out he could breath through his mouth when his nose was stuffy. Many long (very long) nights of sickness came upon us in the early years before we got a hold of the situation with a little help from Little Remedies Stuffy Nose Kit.
The Stuffy Nose Kit comes with a Nasal Aspirator that works wonders and Saline Spray/Drops. The flexible angled tip on the aspirator makes it really easy to use on soft tiny noses. We tried a few nasal aspirators before coming across Little Remedies and no other one has done the job even half so well. I joked around that it was too comfortable once because he always tried to take it from me and gnaw on it!
You DO NOT want to use the nasal aspirator without the saline spray/drops. I know it would seem that the drops would be uncomfortable for your baby/tot, but honestly, using it without them can cause little nose bleeds due to the dryness. Rather a little discomfort in the beginning than soreness afterward. However, it will clear those noses up!
Keeping the air moist is important and having a cool mist humidifier is great during Cold/Flu Season as it helps little ones breath easier.
For Aches & Pains:
For those of you with Infants, Little Remedies® For Fevers™ Infant Fever/Pain Reliever is one of the only brand name fever reducers for infants that is currently on the market. It contains no artificial flavors or colors; no alcohol, saccharin or gluten.
If your child has a fever during the night, make sure they are only in light layered clothing. Keep the room warm, but don’t bundle them up with a ton of blankets. Fevers are good to help burn off the cold/flu, but if your child seems to be in discomfort, isn’t sleeping well and/or their fever goes above ‘mild’ (per your doctors recommendations) then a Fever/Pain reliever may be essential.
For Little Coughs:
Any doctor will tell you that giving a child over the counter cough medicines are not recommended. This is because of what is in the cough medicine. Having had just went through seeing my child with his eyes dilated, in a state of hysterics and insomnia over an over the counter cough medicine I can wholeheartedly understand. Sticking to something more natural is the best way to go. Thankfully, Little Remedies has a medicine called Honey Elixer For Coughs. It has no dyes, no saccharin or gluten and soothes with natural honey.
I can’t actually give my tot honey straight from a honey jar because it gives him diarrhea. This makes things a little less messy with the same remedy.
Other ways you can help relieve your child’s cough is to:
- Prop up their head/chest with a pillow. (NOT recommended for infants.)
- Keep a cool mist humidifier in their room.
- If cough becomes tight or worsens, take them into the bathroom and turn the water on HOT. Steam the room.
Remember: If your child has a sick tummy, don’t try to feed them their regular daily food. Instead try a few crackers, yogurt to sooth the tummy and mainly bland foods that are easier to keep down. Fruits and Vegetables, although high in vitamins, are not likely to stay down. When in doubt, it is more important to keep them hydrated.
Hopefully your family can pass through the season without having to deal with the illnesses that accompany it, but at least it is nice to know there are products out there for infants and little ones that don’t contain unnecessary additives. Created by a Pharmacist and a Father, Little Remedies has children at its heart.
Check out all the products available, including Tummies, Teethers and more on the Little Remedies webpage.
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Little Remedies. I received product samples as well as a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.