Monday, November 25, 2013

Surviving a Cold

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Cold season is upon us! And not only that, travel season is upon us. Those two things combined have a way of bringing out the worst of sicknesses. I recently posted on the Facebook page a question for readers. Essentially the question was, "How do you help your baby/child with a cold?" If you want to hunt down the original comments, see the facebook page and look at November 5, 2013. Here is the advice given.

Vicks on Feet
When your child has a cough, putting Vicks Vaporub  on the bottom of the feet helps them to stop coughing so they can sleep. You apply to the bottom of feet and cover with socks (just to keep it all contained). We use Vicks Baby Rub on the little ones.

This sounds like an old wives tale sort of thing. I have known about this since Brayden was a baby; it is easily the most common advice given from mom to mom for sicknesses. Even moms who haven't tried it will say, "I haven't tried it, but I heard..." It sounds crazy, but it works!

And after learning about essential oils, it makes sens that it works now. I always wondered why that is the advice and not "on the chest" like you would think. The feet are the place on your body where things can enter the blood stream faster than any other point on your body. 

"3 nights with Vicks seems to do the trick and they get over the worst of the cold symptoms."

Crushed Garlic on Feet
I hadn't heard of this one before, but one reader said this helps.

Essential oils
When you use essential oils, be sure you use a kind that is safe for administering on children. We use doTERRA Breathe Essential Oil to help with breathing. We also use OnGuard o fight off the bugs and doTerra Lemon Essential Oil for sore throat. Others recommended Eucalyptus  Still others recommended Thieves Essential Oil by Young Living. Another oil recommended was Olbas Oil. Another said:

"Oregano essential oil mixed with coconut oil on her feet for a cough. Takes it away

instantly. Then eucalyptus and melaleuca essential oil mixed with coconut oil on her chest and back for

runny nose/congestion. It works wonders!"

I love baths when I am sick and my kids do too! I find a warm shower followed by a bath really gets those buggers flowing out (nice huh?). You can see that nicely in the picture above. During bath time, things just flow right out, which is nice for clearing things up. Some do a ginger bath, some do a regular bath.

"baths in a steamy bathroom"

Lots of people mentioned pushing lots of fluids. Many mentioned using mostly water instead of milk (milk builds up mucus). 

Nose Sucking
The Bulb Syringe Aspirator is the timeless popular way to go. 

Many, many people recommended the Nosefrida The Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator. I haven't tried that so it is going on our list!

"Nose Frieda!!! That thing is like magic!"

"the Nosefrida Snotsucker (works so much better than the blue bulbs)"

Saline Nasal Spray
We use Little Noses Saline Spray/Drops. Saline drops help prevent things from getting hard and crusty in there. 

Boogie Wipes
I have not tried Boogie Wipes  but they were recommended several times. Another recommendation was Puffs. We also like the Klenex with lotion in them.

"Ours is way more bothered by the sore throat than the sinus stuff, so Advil is a life saver and seems to

be more effective than Tylenol"

"now that he is over 1, we do elderberry and vitamin d supplements to help boost his immune system

and cut sick time in about half."

"we LOVE LOVE Hyland's Baby Cough syrup. It was invaluable to us at night when he had a bad cough!"

  • Bone Broth
  • Sun exposure to torso
  • Chamomile 
  • Vicks vapor rub and water in a scentsy
  • Fresh air
Lemon/Honey Drink
These are both ingredients that are well known for soothing sore throats. I use doTerra Lemon Essential Oil on my kids (including Brinley) when they have a sore throat (I also use it on myself). It is great for the young ones you don't want to give honey to yet.

"I just wanted to mention that while honey is great for a sore throat it should never be given to babies under 1 year, and some doctors advise against it until 2 years."

Vicks Vapors Nightlight
Vicks Advanced Soothing Vapors Waterless Vaporizer--I have not tried this. Several readers recommended it.

Johnson and Johnson Vapor Bath Wash
Johnson & Johnson Soothing Vapor Bath--Another one I haven't tried (I love hearing all of these new ideas!).

When I was pregnant, I noticed a big benefit for me and humidifiers. We live in a dry climate and the humidifier help significantly when I had a cough. You can't always see a difference with them, but extra moisture can help keep things moist inside.

"Humidifiers didn't seem to help much but they made me feel like I was doing something."

Another reader said, "Cool mist vaporizors work great with croupy coughs. Warm mist or regular

humidifiers with vicks medicayed liquid work well for normal coughs and congestion."

"I make smoothies a lot for my daughter. When she has a cold, I use coconut water instead of milk to cut down on the dairy. In an effort to up the liquid intake when she's sick, smoothies are a great way

to do that as well as put in a ton of fruits and veggies!"

"green smoothies with lots of kale and fruit for my toddler"

Sleep at Incline
Being at an incline is helpful if you can keep the child sleeping on it. 

" extra pillows for bigger kids"

"During a recent cold, I also propped up one end of the crib mattress so he could sleep with his head at a more upright angle. This seemed to cut down on waking because of congestion."

"I put a pillow UNDER the crib mattress--it elevates the mattress so they can sleep a little better"

Extra Rest
We all know your body recovers with sleep (I think I never saw that so dramatically as I did after child birth). If your baby or child needs extra time in bed when sick, don't be afraid to make it happen! One day when Brinley was sick, before she moved to one nap a day, she went down at 11 AM and slept until 4 PM for one nap. I didn't wake her because I wanted her to get her sleep. That was the only nap she took that day, but she woke feeling much better.

Lots of Love
Don't be afraid to give your baby or child extra love and comfort when they are sick. When Brinley first comes down with a cold, she always needs to be held for about 15 minutes in her rocking chair before bed. She won't fall asleep in my arms, but she will just lay perfectly still and relax. She gets all setttled and then is happy to lay in her bed and fall asleep.

" If my guy wakes crying, I'll hold and rock him until he falls asleep. It provides not just comfort, but the upright position gives the nose a chance to drain and he can breathe more easily. "


Kristy Powers said...

Helpful! It's nice to have all this in one place. :)

Valerie Plowman said...

I agree! There were many things shared that I never knew existed. I love the things like this that are all gathered together from lots of people.

Sarah said...

I bookmarked this back when you posted it knowing that I would use it someday. Well, we made it to March without getting sick, but it has been so helpful now. Thanks for this!


Amy A said...

Which of these can you give to a six month old? Mine currently has lots of congestion in his throat, chest and nose. Thanks!

Valerie Plowman said...

At 6 months, most things should be safe. I am not sure since I don't own everything here, but most medicines for infants are safe at 6 months.


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