Let me preface this post by saying I am not a doctor and am not giving medical advice. These are just suggestions for things that have worked for us! (Our daughter is almost 10 months old and I didn’t start using a lot of the remedies below until she was over 6 months.)
I’m learning a lot as a first time mom with a baby in the middle of cold and flu season! Sadly, there isn’t a whole lot you can do medically for them. My husband is all about our daughter “building up an immunity” when she is sick (I guess that’s the doctor in him) while I am all about just making her feel better!
So I came up with a list of 10 things that have seemed to help when our baby is in the middle of a cold or just not feeling well. (Every parent has to do what’s best for their children, so please don’t take this list as an end all, be all!)
Crane Drop Shape Cool Mist Humidifier, Blue
This is a must and really seems to help my daughter breath better. We have the Crane Cool Mist humidifier which I chose because it didn’t need filters. However, with hard water where we live now, I do have to disinfect it more than usual so maybe a humidifier with a filter would be better!
Little Remedies Noses Saline Spray/Drops, 0.5 Ounce
We always spray saline into our baby’s nose before we suck it out with the Nosefrida. The saline helps to break up all the mucus. She doesn’t like this, but sometimes you gotta do what ya gotta do!
This thing really SUCKS–I mean that literally! It can suck out so much snot from your little one’s nose! My husband thinks it works just as well as the medical bulbs. I will say we usually have to hold our daughter’s arms and head down since she’s older and stronger. I know she doesn’t like it, but she can breath so much better afterwards!
I recently bought some of these and they help to wipe off all the snot and boogers more gently than a tissue. They are natural saline wipes. I only use them when she is sick since they can be expensive.
Vicks BabyRub Soothing Ointment
Vicks BabyRub Soothing Chest, Neck and Back Ointment 1.76 Oz
Liz told me about this and it’s great! I rub it on my daughter’s chest before her naps and at bedtime (under her clothes, so she can’t get to it with her hands.) It contains eucalyptus, aloe vera, rosemary, and lavender.
Vicks Advanced Soothing Vapors Waterless Vaporizer Baby and VapoPads (Pediatric) Soothing Sleepy Time Comfort
Vicks Advanced Soothing Vapors Waterless Vaporizer Baby, Vicks Sleepytime Waterless Vaporizer Scent Pads
This is a wall plug-in with a little night light. You can choose how strong of a smell you want the VapoPads to be. I use the baby specific VapoPads which are safe for them. You can use the VapoPads in Vicks humidifiers as well and then you can use the plug in with adult VapoPads when you need it for yourself! It says to not use more than 2 pads in a 24 hour period so just make sure to follow the directions.
Hyland’s Baby Nighttime Tiny Cold Syrup
Hyland’s Baby Nighttime Cold Syrup, Natural Relief of Runny Nose, Congestion, and Sleeplessness, 4 Ounce
A natural and homeopathic cold syrup since you can’t give babies regular cold and cough medicine. It says it relives runny noses, congestion, and occasional sleeplessness due to colds and is safe for children 6 months and older.
Hyland’s Baby Cough Syrup
Hyland’s Baby Cough Syrup, Natural Cough and Cold Relief, 4 Ounce
Again, natural and homeopathic cough syrup for relief of coughs due to cold. Also safe for children 6 months and older.
Obviously a must for fevers and discomfort! Make sure you follow the dosing or consult your doctor if you are unsure!
Motrin Children’s DyeFree Pain Reliever and Fever Reducer, 4 Fluid Ounce
Another helpful pain reliever when babies are just not comfortable! Again, follow the dosing guides and remember ibuprofen (Motrin) is safe for infants over 6 months of age.
Hopefully this list helps some other moms and dads out there! Hoping the cold/flu season comes to an end soon! Stay warm!