Right now is the scariest time for our children to show symptoms of a cold, especially with the raging Covid 19 pandemic. But rest assured, monitoring your child’s temperature and symptoms will ease your worry in no time. Be sure to reach out to your pediatrician. They may want to monitor your baby as well. My pediatrician’s office called every day for a week straight to make sure my son was progressing instead of getting worse.
For the past week, I have been treating a runny nose, mild fever, and a horrible cough in my baby. The worst part is, I had no idea how to help him feel comfortable. My son is 3 years old, and although he has had a cold before, he’s never experienced anything like what he’s had recently, and neither have I. This post will help you in easing baby’s cough, it has simple tricks to help comfort your baby. (Thankfully, he doesn’t have Covid.)
Did you know that giving cough medicines to toddlers under six years old is not recommended? Make sure to check with your pediatrician before giving any over the counter medicines to your baby or toddler. Even if the box says it’s okay. My remedies below are a natural way to fight off a baby’s cough and cold and help your little one get better sooner.
#1 – A Natural Rub
You never want to use regular Vicks on your baby under 2, or any generic product related to this unless it is labeled for your baby. In young children it can act as an irritant to the airways, potentially causing more mucus production and nasal congestion. (source)
Instead, a natural alternative is a rub called Maty’s All Natural Baby Chest Rub. I like to use this on my son and myself and it has very great reviews. It’s cheap and safe and it will be a win with you for years to come when soothing your baby.
Using this rub on myself also works to clear my breathing path, but I use it because my baby is always near me and I don’t want to risk having him near an adult product like Vicks. But if you are set on using a Vicks product, you can try Vicks BabyRub Soothing Vapor Ointment. I’ve never used it, but there is one available if you prefer.
The simple trick with this rub
Rub a small about on your baby’s chest, back, back of the neck, and the bottom of both feet before putting them down to sleep. Soothing eucalyptus, calming lavender, and gentle chamomile work together to naturally and gently soothe and relieve your baby’s coughs, stuffy nose, and congestion.
The jar is about 1.5 ounces, but a little goes a long way. I’ve had mine for about a year now and I still have some left. You can find Maty’s All Natural Baby Chest Rub at most drug stores, but just in case you can’t I have included it here to purchase on Amazon.
#2 – Honey
This one is new to me. I never knew that honey could be used to help aid a baby’s cough. Research suggests that cough medicines are not recommended for babies under 6 and this is a great natural alternative to help get your baby through those coughing fits.
Please note, do not give honey to babies under one. In infants, honey can cause a rare but serious gastrointestinal condition (infant botulism) caused by exposure to Clostridium botulinum spores. (source)
My son was coughing up a storm when I finally came across this and tried it. Although it wasn’t easy because my son refused to take it I came up with a simple trick. You can give a half teaspoon of honey to small toddlers under 3, which equals to 2.5ml of liquid if using a syringe.
This was my method after offering the spoon and having it thrown across the room. I put the 2.5ml of honey in a small syringe and in 2 separate attempts pushed ½ at a time to the side of his mouth, he, in turn, swallowed it and the coughing suppressed.
This does not stop the coughing in one go. I had to do this twice throughout the day but noticed a drastic cut back in the amount of coughing he had. I found that doing this in conjunction with using Maty’s All Natural Baby Chest Rub worked wonders before going to bed.
These simple tricks could save your baby a night of being uncomfortable and coughing through the night.
#3 – Plenty of Fluids
Offering your baby plenty of fluids when they are battling a sickness does a lot of good. For one, you can help your baby to avoid dehydration. Click here for the Signs of Dehydration in Infants & Children.
Making sure your baby has adequate liquids when sick can be a lifesaver. I know for my little guy, when he is sick he eats less and more often than not will develop diarrhea after a few days of being sick.
I found that offering my son fluids more often gets him to drink more. He’s a baby so he won’t ask for drinks. Even if he only takes a few sips at a time I continue to offer them to make sure he is hydrated and able to recover from his sickness.
Offer toddler formula, or infant formula if you have a smaller baby.
Pedialyte for infants and toddlers, or apple juice for toddlers over one. (I use Motts Light because it has fewer calories and more water content.)
Water for toddlers over one. Babies under one can have small amounts of water but don’t offer it too often.
Another great thing about offering plenty of fluids is they help thin secretions. Warm liquids, such as warm apple juice, might have a soothing effect, and increase the flow of nasal mucus and loosen respiratory secretions.
- A small amount of rub on your baby’s chest, back, back of the neck, and the bottom of both feet
- 2.5ml of honey in a small syringe or spoon
- offer plenty of liquids to avoid dehydration and thin mucus.
So, there you have it. You have conquered your baby’s cold and cough. Making sure your baby is comfortable and gets plenty of rest along with these three simple tricks could make battling a cold with your little one a little easier.
I hope these remedies will work for you the way they’ve worked for me.
Has your baby been battling a cough or cold? If so, how did you get through it and what did you try? I would love to hear more about your experience and so would other moms.
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Pacifiers are the perfect aid when soothing a baby or toddler with a sickness. Always make sure to sanitize them between use.