10 Tips on how your child can better withstand a cold

It starts with a sweet sneeze: the first cold makes every mommy’s heart bleed. The mini-nose runs non-stop during the day and at night it is totally clogged, so that breathing sounds like a rattle. And then there’s that annoying cough… Of course, the symptoms always appear on weekends, or long after the pediatrician’s office hours. And to the children’s emergency room – because of a cold?

These 10 tips moms swear by when their little one has a cold.

(It goes without saying: In case of severe, persistent symptoms as well as fever (especially in babies under three months), or even if your gut tells you something is wrong, please talk to the pediatrician immediately.)

First aid kit tips for colds:

Graphic: Real moms

Nasal aspirator

If the little snotty nose is so clogged that your mouse can only breathe with difficulty, you would like to say armed with a handkerchief: "Blow your nose properly, please!" But the little ones do not know what snorting is, let alone how it works. Most children do not learn this until they are about four years old. That’s why I like to use nasal aspirators for help. These are available as manual nasal aspirators, which suck in the snot with negative pressure via a mini pump ball or through the mouth (don’t panic, nothing ends up in the mouth) – especially effective for kids. And there are electric nasal aspirators, though their noise and vibration might frighten some toddlers. My child actually found the vibrating of the nipple rather funny.

Cold balm

The cold cream with herbal active ingredients from Eucabal has proven itself at home for colds. Best of all, you can use it on children as young as six months to rub on their backs. The essential oils from eucalyptus and pine needles reach the bronchial tubes through the skin and when inhaled, help loosen the viscous mucus and soothe the respiratory tract. For children over two years of age, the chest can also be rubbed. By the way, it helps not only the kids, but also the parents with a cold!

Apply Eucabal®-Balsam S to the chest or back before going to bed – this will relieve the coughing irritation. Photo: Real Mamas

Wound cream for the irritated nose

The cold secretion under the permanent running nose and frequent nose blowing irritate the sensitive skin around the nose and mouth. Creams with the active ingredient panthenol promote the healing of small wounds on the nose.

Another tip: only dab the dripping nose, do not rub it.

Cold bath

A cold bath alone helps against blocked noses due to the warm water vapor that is produced when the bath is let in. Selected essential additives such as thyme provide additional relief for respiratory illnesses.

I actually bathe my child without bath additives and care for his skin as naturally as possible. For colds, we love the herbal Eucabal® children’s bath with thyme. We have used it already in infancy. The oil bath with valuable almond oil, thyme oil, vitamin E was adapted to the special needs of small children.

Almond oil cares for the delicate skin of children without foaming, drying substances, so it is also suitable for skin prone to atopic dermatitis. Thyme soothes irritated airways and relaxes – so it makes little patients really tired so they can get a good night’s sleep.

Makes you nice and tired and relaxes the respiratory tract: a bath with Eucabal® children’s bath with thyme. Photo: Real Mamas

The right clinical thermometer

Make your child’s head glow? The younger your child, the more important it is to know exactly how high the fever is. The most precise temperature can be measured rectally, i.e. in your child’s bottom. Not all children like this, and since the little ones often have fever in the evening or at night, you don’t want to have to undress them to check the temperature. Therefore, we still have a digital ear thermometer. The measurement via infrared is fast and the child does not even wake up during it.

37,6 to 38,4°: increased temperature

from 39° Celsius: fever

Humidifier

The ideal humidity in rooms is 50 percent (there are special measuring devices for this). Especially when you have a cold, air that’s too dry isn’t exactly conducive to recovery. In addition, dry heating air favors the spread of viruses, because bspw. Cold viruses survive longer in dry air.

A humidifier helps against this. There are small electric nebulizers (around 50 euros) that you can put in your child’s room and that are as quiet as a whisper. Important: Always clean the humidifier well so that no mold forms in it. SOS tip: place damp cloths or a bowl of water on the radiator in the nursery at night. This also ensures a moist, low irritation room climate.

Be careful when choosing beneficial aromas in the water: essential oils are beneficial, but should be extremely low doses for children and highly diluted (so always drip into the water). Menthol, camphor and peppermint should not be used on babies and toddlers because they can cause respiratory distress.

The right inhaler

Inhalation can loosen stuck mucus in the nose and bronchial tubes. However, small children should not inhale with essential oils. Instead: Saline solution cares, cleans and soothes the mucous membranes. But not the table salt from the kitchen. Physio-logical saline solution from the pharmacy is adapted to the salt content of the human body. Saline inhalations are only effective with nozzles or ultrasonic nebulizers, as they break up the solution finely enough.

Before you reach for the inhaler, talk to your pediatrician. And please do not rely on grandma’s tried-and-tested "boiling pot" method. The risk of scalding is too high and the hot vapors can irritate the eyes and mucous membranes, just like essential oils.

Nasal spray

Since no medical nasal spray should be used with babies yet and if, then only prescribed by the pediatrician, I got the SOS tip from my midwife, something Breast milk or saline solution from the pharmacy (NaCl 0.9%) drip into the nose with an eyedropper to decongest the mucous membranes and make breathing easier.

Beeswax wrap

A hot water bottle in bed is so good for us adults with a nasty cold. Toddlers are not allowed to share their bed with a hot water bottle because of the danger of scalding.

Better: the healing warmth of natural Beeswax pads on the chest is extremely effective for coughs and colds (or also for mom’s tension to back pain). Beeswax warmed with a hair dryer or on the radiator retains the body’s own heat and doesn’t cool anything overnight. But with infants and toddlers, even one to three hours is enough. Reusable are the overlays made from organic cotton and beeswax by the way.

Pillow for elevation

If your toddler refuses to have his stuffy nose cleared, but keeps waking up (or can’t fall asleep at all) because his nose is stuffy, place a rolled-up towel under the mattress at the level of his head area. By elevating your torso, you make it easier for your snuffy sweetheart to breathe. For this there are also special wedge cushions in the baby specialized market, which are often used with Reflux babies. A narrow file folder serves the same purpose according to some mothers.

Active ingredients: eucalyptus oil, pine needle oil

To improve the symptoms of colds of the respiratory tract with viscous mucus. For risks and side effects read the package insert and ask your doctor or pharmacist. Contains cetylstearyl alcohol. Pay attention to the package insert. (as of January 2020).

Aristo Pharma GmbH, Wallenroder Str. 8-10, 13435 Berlin.

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