Cough, cough, sniffle, sniffle. It’s no fun for anyone when your little one is sick. What can you do when your toddler comes down with a cold? Here are a few ways to make your child more comfortable while his immune system takes care of the virus.
Encouraging your toddler to drink fluids throughout the day — even if it’s just a sip or two at a time — will help soothe a sore throat, ease a cough, and keep mucus thin, making it easier to cough up or flow out. Serving watery foods, like soup, applesauce, watermelon, or frozen fruit bars, is another way to get more fluids into your child.
Sitting in a steamy bathroom with a hot shower running can help unclog stuffy noses and ease coughs. For other parts of the house, consider running a cool-mist humidifier.
Saline (saltwater) nose spray or drops are a safe and effective way to thin mucus so it flows out more easily (if you’re not sure if your child needs saline sprays, ask your pediatrician). Use a rubber suction bulb after the saline to suction the mucus out.
It’s good for your child to take it easy when she has a cold, but she’s unlikely to want to spend the whole time in bed. Here are some restful activities for toddlers who are feeling under the weather.
So who needs medicine to combat a cold? With a few home remedies and some tender loving care, your toddler will be up and running before you know it.