As sure as left is left and right is right at some point during the year you, your husband, your significant other, your child, your toddler or your baby will have a cold. And we are pretty much into cold season now. The wet damp weather, snotty kids, the mild moments making those germs breed and the combination in all that means feeling blah is on the cards.
Mostly dealing with colds as an adult for me involves hot honey and lemon (and the odd dash of rum!! its medicinal right), paracetamol and ibuprofen, olbas oil and generally anything else that will make me feel mildly better. With babies this approach in generally not the best - Ha. I find it is best to have a ready stocked arsenal ready to help soothe that poorly baby. Anything that the mummy cuddles don't cure that is.
Keeping in stock the suspension paracetamol. later night runs to source a bottle is not ideal. If your little one is not the best at taking medicine the Dentinox medicine dummy should be something you keep in stock. You put the medicine in the chamber and as baby sucks the medicine trickles into the mouth. Clever stuff.
Snufflebabe. I use the vapour rub on my little one. My eldest suffers with breathing problems as soon as he gets a whiff of a cold it seems and I find the vapour rub to the chest helps warm it up and offer some soothing smells. I apply the same logic to my little one. It seems to help. When the vapour rub is not doing the job the Inhaler dummy combined with the vapour oil is great. Offers a direct under the nose vapour. I did find with N that the dummy was just a bit on the heavy side and kept dropping out his mouth but I think for a laying down or cuddle time it would be really useful.
Finally - the nasal aspirator. Not the nicest thing in the world but a serious piece of kit when you have a baby whose nose is so blocked up they are struggling to sleep. This one has a filter near the baby end. Small nozzle to insert into the nose and a tube attache. I've had to use this a few times and it really helped clear the nostril out. I do try and leave him to clear it himself - but I found just helping things a along at times was needed. This all comes apart so able to wash with warm soapy water.
My other top tips included. Steamy baths it help loosen things up. Lots of cuddles. And if you are worried about anything trust yourself and speak to a doctor.