Baby Cold Remedies | How to care for a sick baby?

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Fighting a cold can be really rough and challenging for everyone, especially when it comes to babies, toddlers or just children generally speaking.

I’ve always known how to fight my own cold or my husband’s but I’ve never dealt with a“baby cold” – is that even a thing?

At a glance you would say that there’s not much of a difference, but if you are a mom you know exactly what I mean.

Honestly, this article wasn’t on my editorial calendar, but I really wanted to share with you what I’ve learned these past few days. It’s always a good idea to add some of these baby cold remedies to your super – mommy list – you never have enough of these, am I right?

Anyway, the decision has come to my mind because we’re “fighting” cold at the moment (at the time I wrote this post), but more because I had some questions (being his first ever cold) my local healthcare provider (via phone) wasn’t very useful. I called on a Friday night at around 11 pm.

I’ve never felt so useless in my entire life! So today, I’m here to help you out!

You may already know some (if not all) of these remedies, but you never know what you’ll find, so definitely keep on reading.

Another thing you should know about me is that I am a true GREEN fan, meaning that I am constantly searching & opting for natural remedies instead of recurring to antibiotics or other medicine. I am not saying that those are bad, but I do prefer to go as natural as possible at first.

Therefore, I’ve also added some traditional baby cold remedies that have been in our family for a really long time. These actually work really well and not for kids only!

I used to treat all my colds this way when I was pregnant and it worked perfectly. You all know that you’re not supposed to take any medication other than Paracetamol. And… this hasn’t helped me a lot in many cases, that’s why I recurred to these “old wives” remedies.

Anyway, enough of that! Here are our top baby cold remedies that actually work and you’re little one will get better in no time!

Also, for your convenience, I’ve added some of my favorite resources that made our lives easier throughout this entire period.

Oh, one last thing to mention. Sorry! Too much to write 🙂

Many of these remedies work really well for all cold symptoms your child might have, but for easy reading, I divided them into the most common cold symptoms. You’ll at least find quicker the information that you need.

Please note that these baby cold remedies are not categorized by your child’s age! Keep in mind that there are certain things that you can’t “use” on your 3-month-old for example.

That’s why I’ve created a one-page cheat sheet that you can print out and keep it on hand. You’ll find in it exactly what baby cold remedies to use according to your baby’s age.

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What to do when your baby is having a cold?

There are some general things to do whenever your baby is feeling poorly or having a cold. It’s so different treating someone else’s cold and maybe there are things that you wouldn’t think of at that time. When your child gets sick it’s a really stressful time! At least for me, it is.

Here it’s a list with the most important things to do when your baby has a cold:

  • clean your baby’s nose as often as you can – it’s very important to eliminate as much mucus as possible from your child’s nose. If you do this it will speed up the recovering process. Please don’t let your child eat it! This will only make things worse. Not only it’s gross, but he will feed on more and more viruses. I am kind of obsessed with my son’s nose. We are using an electric nasal aspirator.
  • keep your baby hydrated at all times – breastmilk, formula, water, homemade juices, soups it doesn’t really matter what it is as long as you give them plenty of liquids
  • wash hands more often – this will prevent spreading the germs and will facilitate a quicker recovery
  • help them get plenty of rest & sleep – another essential thing to do in order for her to get better

Natural Baby cold remedies 

1. Blocked or stuffy nose

I am aware that all cold symptoms are the worst, but in my opinion, this one is the worst of worsts, especially for children or very young ones, like my son (14 months at this moment).

He can’t eat properly, he can’t breathe, he can’t sleep, he can’t fell asleep. You get the idea!

So here are some things that would help your child to breathe:

  • steam – is good to loosen up some of the build-up mucus located in your baby’s nose. It’ll help him breathe properly and you’ll also be able to clean his nose easier. There are 2 ways I like to create steam: let hot water run into the shower and stay there for at least 30 minutes or boiling water with some thyme and salt. Keep the hot water close to your child, but BE CAREFUL to don’t burn himself. Always supervise him/her.
  • saline drops – it’s great for everyday usage, not just for when your child is cold. Be careful though to don’t exaggerate with it as it tends to dry out.
  • vapour rub – I mentioned earlier the Snufflebabe vapour essential oil that I use for the room. There is also a cream by the same brand that can be rubbed onto your baby’s chest. It’s called Snufflebabe Vapour Rub.
  • nasal aspirator – I personally prefer the electric one – it’s easy to use, fast and convenient for both of us. Similar here
  • essential oils – we started recently using essential oils for various things around the house. We are using DOTERRA oils and we absolutely love them. I use Lemon in our vaporiser and Melaleuca (Tea Tree) to rub on my son’s feet. You need only a tiny drop mixed up with coconut oil. If you put too much it can cause irritation.

2. Coughs

  • Lots and lots of fluids –  such as water, juices, tea. My go-to “tea” is warm water honey and cinnamon, sometimes I add lemon juice as well. Be careful to don’t burn your child! I highly recommend checking its temperature on the back of your wrist. This is pure medicine, so if your child will drink it, I’d suggest to give him as many times as you can. Sadly my son didn’t want to drink anything besides water and juice, so that’s why it took him longer to recover. 
  • Chicken soup – “the soup of the sick” that’s how I call the chicken soup. I remember that as a kid, that’s what I used to eat whenever I had a cold. 
  • Honey – please don’t give it to your child if he’s under 12 months – it’s not recommended. This is a natural antibiotic that’s good for many things, especially for coughs.
  • Homemade fir buds syrup – this is one of the best coughs remedies that I have for you and it’s been in my family for years. It’s very effective and because it’s natural, it’s not harmful to babies or toddlers. Click here to see the recipe.

3. Sore throats

  • Honey – please don’t give it to your child if he’s under 12 months – it’s not recommended.
  • Plenty of liquids – teas or warm water with lemon and honey are the best for treating sore throats. 

  • Water & salt gargles – another one for older kids. I don’t think that you could do gargles with a 14 months old baby 🙂 

 4. Fever

I know that there is medication to fight fever and I do recommend using them, but there are cases when the fever won’t drop as quickly as we need it to drop or maybe the medication isn’t enough. I’ve had many occasions during my childhood with a stubborn fever that just wouldn’t go away. 

  • Remove a layer of clothes – this applies if your child has too many layers of clothes. Sometimes babies are overdressed and we might think that’s a fever. 
  • Damp cloth on baby’s forehead – this will absorb the heat from the body and hopefully drop the fever. Don’t forget to cool it once in a while. 
  • Potato slices – cut a thick slice of a large potato and place it on your child’s sole of both feet and then put a sock on them. 
  • Thermometer – I know from experience that taking a baby’s temperature it’s always very difficult. My son for instance, wouldn’t stay still or maybe he was uncomfortable, so I’d never manage to measure his accurate temperature. That’s why we started searching for other options that are on the market that can save us all this trouble, but more importantly to don’t irritate our baby. That’s when my husband found this infrared thermometer. This would tell us our baby’s body temperature within seconds and touch-free. 

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These are all my baby cold remedies that every parent should know! All natural and very easy to follow and implement. Trust me, they work really well even on adults. So, if you’re one of those people that don’t like taking medication, you should definitely give them a go.

Please don’t forget to download the one-page cheat sheet that will tell you exactly what remedies to use for your baby’s specific age range. Like I mentioned before, you can’t offer honey to a 3-month-old baby.

Until next time take care & stay beautiful!

xoxo Kinga

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