Little Routines, Gillian Stewart

Help Your Little One With A Cold
Gillian Stewart, Monday, November 06, 2017

As your little ones are now back into nursery, school or their weekly activities after the long summer holidays, it is inevitable that at some point they will go down with a cold.

Older children tend to cope quite well, especially if you have taught them how to blow their nose, but for babies it can be a really miserable time.
Babies can only breathe through their nose so it is important to try and keep their nose as clear as possible.

There are a few things that you can do to help your baby if they have a cold.

Firstly, make sure that your little one is nicely hydrated. The extra fluids you give your baby will help with any fever and also help to flush out any toxins.
Monitor your baby closely for any rise in temperature and seek medical advice as necessary.
Raising the head end of their cot and pram can make a difference. Having your little ones head slightly elevated will help to keep their nose clear.
If you are feeling brave, then a nasal aspirator can really help to clear their nose. There is a little bit of a knack to using it and you do have to suck quite hard!
A natural nasal spray can help to loosen the mucous in your baby’s nose which can then be cleared away.
You may find that a humidifier in your baby’s room, when they are sleeping, can help with a blocked up nose and allow them to breathe a little easier.
Keeping babies and children cool will certainly make them feel more comfortable, particularly at night.

Colds can make children feel out of sorts. It is important to be understanding and patient when your child is a little grumpy or maybe off their food.
Keep to your routine to avoid any bad habits creeping in, particularly at night time. They are still more than capable of sleeping on their own and they will actually sleep better and so will you!

The good thing is that colds don’t last too long and before you know it, your little one will be back to their happy little self - eating and sleeping well again.