One thing mama's dread with our precious children is the cold.
We do the best we can to protect our little babes from any harmful germs and bacteria. But there is only so much we can do. When baby catches a cold, it's so hard to help them out because options for medicines are so limited when they're so tiny.
Here are some natural tips and products that's I've applied and used in my almost 5 years of motherhood.
- Saline nose drops: the Saline breaks down the mucous and makes it easier for it to be suctioned up.
Nasal aspiratior: Babies and young toddlers can’t blow their nose very effectively. So having a good reliable Nasal Aspirator to suction out any mucus is a must have item.
- A steamy shower and a humidifier: these two things go hand in hand. The steam from the shower and the humidifier loosens up the mucus that may be built up in the chest. This is really great for a stuffy nose. I don’t know if you've ever experienced it, but when a baby has a stuffy nose, it makes for a rough night of sleep.
- Speaking of sleep, we like to co-sleep whenever our kids are sick. We will open up the playpen or DockATot and keep them next to our bed. Having them close by, you're able to monitor them in case they start coughing real bad, or have issues breathing, or because they're restless and it's a pain to walk back and forth between my room and the baby's room. Plus, extra cuddles makes for a speedy recovery.
- Lots of rest. Whenever any of our kids get sick, we try to do as little as possible until they are well again. As an adult, you know that when you're sick, you just love to lie around and be catered to. Same goes for a baby, resting the body is one of the best things you can do.
- Lots of Fluid. I always try to offer the breast as much as possible, to keep them hydrated! Do you remember as a kid, when you were sick, there was always a bottle of water next to your bed, and your mom constantly saying to drink your water? So if your baby is not of age to drink water, offer breastmilk or formula as much as you can.
And remember, you’re the mama. Trust your gut instincts. You know your baby better than anyone else does. Don’t ever second guess if you should take your baby to the Doctor or not!
written by VHS contributor// Aseky Bonnaire
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