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Bryn is the unofficial queen of snot this cold and flu season. Like for reals. We have been battling colds on and off for months now with brief interludes between episodes. While she is happy as punch most of the time we have had a few days here and there where she downright doesn’t feel good. The problem is is that at two years old there isn’t a whole heck of a lot you can do to make them feel better.
I am currently on my 4th week of pediatrics and I have been inundated with parents in the clinic dealing with the exact same problem we are having. Their sweet toddlers are sick and they are not sure what to do to manage their symptoms. Since this is a battle we have been fighting in my own house for so long I figured it was time to share my favorite tried-and-true tricks for helping toddlers survive cold and flu season. In fact, most of these tips come from growing up and ways my own mom helped me to get through tough cold.
I have been making sure that Bryn-Bryn is drinking lots and lots of water. This not only helps to loosen up her mucus but helps to prevent dehydration. Warm water with lemon in it is a great way to dissolve the mucus in her throat even faster.
Add Some Honey
Honey works wonders on a sore throat and also is great at easing a cough. If your kiddo is able to eat it straight from the spoon that’s great! Or you can dissolve it in some water water and tackle tip 1 at the same time. Do not give honey to children less than 1 though!
Suck the Snot
Let’s face it … I haven’t met a 2 year old yet who can adequately blow their nose. Using a saline spray to loosen up the mucus and then breaking out the bulb syringe is a great way to get the snot out of their nose even as a toddler. Word to the wise – it’s likely a good idea to buy a new bulb syringe for this if you haven’t been good about cleaning yours out between uses.
Add Some Moisture
Most of the country is pretty cold right now which takes a lot of moisture out of the air. Add in central heating and you can rest assured that any moisture that was left is now gone. Adding a cold mist humidifier to your toddler’s room is a great way to add some of that moisture back and soothe their airways. This also helps if your kiddo has super dry skin!
Break Out the Vick’s
While oral cough medications haven’t been proven effective in young patients and are not recommended, Vick’s VapoRub is a great topical cough suppressant that works wonders! VapoRub contains camphor, eucalyptus oil and menthol to relieve cough and the discomfort of minor aches and pains that are common with a cold. You can apply it to your toddler’s chest for maximum effect and it should start helping provide relief instantly. It’s intended for children over the age of 2 and is good for kids and adults alike! No wonder it’s the #1 pediatrician recommended rub for stubborn coughs. I remember my own mom and dad using Vick’s on me as a child and I am happy to be continuing the tradition in my own kiddos.
These are some great ways to help combat your child’s cold symptoms and hopefully provides some comfort to them. Always make sure to check with your child’s pediatrician for their recommendations and make sure to have your child seen for any concerning symptoms!
What are your best tips for surviving cold and flu season?
This post is my own opinion and should not be considered medical advice. Always seek your own provider’s medical opinion when dealing with illness.