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As a nurse, I am no stranger to medications. Whether for myself or my kids, I will turn to medication if necessary. I’ll be honest though. I am not a huge fan of giving medicine to my kids because, also as a nurse, I know there are so many ingredients in them that are unnecessary. There are other things I try before turning to medication for my kids.
Colds and coughs are starting up. My kids have already had a nasty cold since starting school and I expect we’ll be seeing them again soon since the weather is changing. I wanted to give you some ideas on what I do when my kids get a cold and/or a cough and hopefully give you some help in choosing what to do if your child has similar symptoms.
- If your little one has a stuffy nose, the best thing you can do is use saline spray/drops. Little Remedies makes a fantastic saline spray that I like to use on my kids. Place a few drops inside the nose and then suction with a bulb syringe, getting as much of the mucous as possible. If you can, do this until the child can breathe freely. You may need to use saline spray several times a day and that is fine! It is safe to use. Don’t suction the nose without saline spray though or you risk hurting the mucous membranes! If your child is old enough, you can use the Little Remedies saline spray and have them blow their nose. You don’t have to use a bulb syringe if they can expel it on their own.
- Stay home. If your kiddo is already sick, don’t take them out or send them to school or daycare. Not only will they get well faster, but you won’t spread the illness to others. This is especially true if they have a fever over 101 degrees (which should be treated by the way!).
- If your little one has a croupy cough (sounds like they are barking), take them into the bathroom and sit in the room with the shower running on hot. Let the steam open up the airways. You can do this for 15 mins, 4 times a day.
- Offer fluids. Water is perfect. If your kiddo is congested, you may want to avoid thick drinks like milk but any liquid is better than none. Dehydration can happen quickly so keep an eye on diapers/urination to make sure they are doing okay.
- If your kiddo’s nose or area around the nose become irritated, use a petroleum based ointment on it as needed. This will be important to make sure they keep blowing their nose… if it hurts, they may not want to do it!
- Wash hands. I can’t stress to you how important this is. Washing hands is the single-most important way to stop the spread of disease. If you have a hand sanitizer, you can use that too but it shouldn’t replace a good hand washing.
- There is a lot of talk about honey and its effect on coughs. Little Remedies Honey Cough Syrup is a great way to treat coughs in children. Use it as directed!
- A cool mist humidifier is great for kids with cough and congestion. The mist should not point directly at the child and is best used at night. Keep the humidifier clean, doing so every couple days when in use.
- Rest! Let your child rest. The body needs sleep to heal.
- Talk to your child’s doctor. If your little one has had a cough for a week or more, be sure to let their doctor know. Persistent coughs, as well as those that cause other problems (such as difficulty breathing) need a physician’s attention. Finally, a fever that is not responding to your treatment should be reported to the physician. You may be dealing with more than a common virus.
I mentioned Little Remedies a few times above. What I love about this line of products is that they have essential ingredients but nothing that is unnecessary. Little Remedies believes that a treatment should have “everything they need, nothing they don’t” and that is a good thing in my opinion. They do not have artificial ingredients and there is no alcohol. Finally, they are safe for young children. Take a look at many over-the-counter medications and you will see that they aren’t recommended for kids under 6 (or older even). Little Remedies can be given to children from birth to 11 years!
The biggest tip I wanted to offer you is this… trust your gut. If you feel your child is having more problems than just a common cold, then listen to that feeling and call the doctor. This gut feeling is what made me take Jemma to the hospital when she was diagnosed with Croup/RSV and our lives were changed forever. I don’t even want to think about what could have happened if I had chose to ignore my “mommy instincts”.