7 WAYS TO SOOTHE A SICK TOODLER 

As adults, the second we feel cold symptoms coming on we’re likely to pop open the medicine cabinet and raid the pills and syrups for something to make us feel better. However, when our young children fall ill, many medicines are an absolute no. We hate to see our sweet ones suffer not to mention our own lack of sleep and many parents feel helpless without a go-to medicine to ease their child’s symptoms. Here are some mom-tested, pediatrician approved tips and tricks to get you through your kiddo’s next nasty cold, naturally.

1. Prop them Up: Keeping a child sitting up may seem counter intuitive to soothing them to sleep, but angling your little one up with pillows at about a 45-degree angle can aid with nose drainage. Nasal symptoms are usually worsened by lying down, where post-nasal drip can run down the back of the throat or pool in the sinuses. Ditch the irritating cough or stuffy nose by propping up your child with pillows or even stacking books under the head of their mattress. If you can coax them to sleep in this position, it will keep them breathing easy throughout the night.

2. Honey for Your Honey: If you can’t give your little one medicine, what can be done? Honey may be the answer. This ages-old remedy has been scientifically proven to reduce cough frequency and severity. Two teaspoons about half an hour before bedtime can make everyone’s night more restful. However, do not give honey to babies under twelve months, as there is a risk for infant botulism, a rare but potentially deadly illness. Alternatively, you can also try agave syrup instead.

3. Saline and Steam: There’s a reason that a hot bath can cure what ails you. Breathing in steam can loosen up a stuffy nose and provide relief for irritated nasal passages. You can always run your child a warm (but not too hot) bath and trap steam in the bathroom by closing the door and keeping the exhaust fan off. A humidifier is a great investment and can seriously improve stuffy nights for you and the kiddos. Another safe option is saline nose spray. Gently tilt your child’s head back and deliver one or two sprays per nostril. Wait a couple of minutes, then use the nasal aspirator (or better yet, the snot sucker,) or have your child blow their nose gently.

 

4. Heat for Healing: Electric blankets and heating pads simply aren’t safe for child use. Yet, a heating pad can provide sweet relief for a kiddo suffering from body aches. Create your own heating pad with a sock (made of natural fibers) with rice inside. You can warm it up in the microwave to a safe temperature, and the rice retains heat for quite awhile. For extra soothing, add essential oils such as lavender or peppermint to aid with congestion issues.

 

5. Feed a Fever  and a Cold: While some age old adages are filled with wisdom, others are not so smart. The old expression “feed a fever, starve a cold” does more harm than good. Your child needs as many nutritious calories as she can get, especially if she’s under the weather, the chicken soup it really does help alleviate symptoms. So if your little one is a chicken fan, this is probably one of your best options.

 

6. Fluids, Fluids, Fluids : Another reason to give your sweet one chicken soup is that it contains liquid to keep them hydrated. One of the biggest factors that prolongs and worsens colds is dehydration, and it’s one of the more dangerous side effects of being sick. Keep pushing the fluids by having a sippy cup handy at all times and reminding your child to drink. Another way to sneak fluids in is to offer your child all natural or sugar free fruit Popsicle.

7. Rest and TLC: Parents are often reminded of the importance of routine in a child’s life (sometimes it feels like we’re beaten over the head with it!) However, when your little one is ill, let them set the schedule. Not nap time yet? That’s OK, she needs her rest. Get your cuddles on! Touch has been proven to lessen anxiety and decrease the time needed to recover from injury and illness.
Remember to follow the doctor’s orders regarding medication usage, and to seek medical attention if symptoms persist or get worse. It might be difficult caring for your little one when you feel like you can’t do anything to help without medication, but this list will give you a few things to try.

I hope you found 7 ways to soothe a sick toddler informative. Follow my blog for more useful tips and information about your kids and the parenting stage.

How to battle weather changes in our children to prevent sickness

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When the weather changes,  it is the time that adults usually get with viral infections and bacteria. There are a few simple steps you can take to help prevent your children from getting sick as well.

Dress for the weather:
Dress your baby properly,  especially when you are planning to be out for a couple of hours. It is best to dress your children in layers so that you can remove or add layers to keep them comfortable through the day.
Bath them safely: It is easy for them to catch a chill when having the daily bath or massage . Follow these simple steps to prevent this:

  • Keep the temperature in the bedroom and bathroom the same. If this is not possible, choose the room that is most comfortable and do the bathing  and massage there. If you prefer not to get your bedroom floor wet, you can set up a safe changing table  in the bathroom  for massages. The key is to avoid exposing your child to change temperatures.
  • Make sure there are no drafts or gusts of cold air while you are massaging or bathing them.
  • Find a time of day when is least likely to feel cold and try to give a bath then. If it doesn’t get very cold where you are, be sure to dress your child before turning on the fan, and A/C. Make sure to dry her/his hair thoroughly as well. Also, protect them from the direct blast of cold air.

Give your child a balanced diet: Make sure that your child is on a balance diet. A good diet can give the vitamins and minerals they need to help fight infections. It’s even more important to make sure your children get enough vitamins and minerals.

Pay attention to hygiene: The easiest way for your child to get sick is by catching the bug from an infected person around them. Illnesses can be passed on from one person to the next through mucus, most often by sneezing or coughing.

If infected mucus remains on a toy at a doctor’s waiting room or on someone’s hands as they feed your baby for example, they can get sick. Here are a few steps to help prevent this:

  • Make sure that people handling your child wash their hands properly.
  • Bring your own toys or books when you take your baby to the doctor for their immunizations.
  • If your child goes to a day care and ask the supervising adult to put off sick children from attending.

Regardless of the efforts to protect your children from any illness, your child will get sick once in a while specially the first two-years, although maybe not as often as if you didn’t take any precautions at all.

Getting sick is a part of growing up and is the way that your child’s immune system will learn to fight off infections in the future. Make sure you know when to take your child to the doctor  and how to treat the most common infections such as the common cold and flu.

I also can recommend some preparations to battle a cold in your children:

  • Homeopatic preparations
    Umcka Cold Care comes in several forms: drops, tablet, syrup, and powder. Says Jim Wilk, a certified nutritional counselor at Holly Hill Health Foods. Always ask your physician before to give anything to your children.

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  • Garlic
    Onion’s pungent cousin contains allicin, a compound which has been known to have anti-bacterial properties. The only problem you might face is getting your kids to eat it. Try mincing the garlic very finely and addicting it to a light pasta sauce at dinner time to avoid its detection.

Food and pollen allergies are not the only ones

I hope you found something new in this new article Can You Be Allergic to Cold Weather? As an alternative (my case) my son has been getting sick with a moderate cold sometimes and I always try to find the most natural way against the symptoms.

I don’t live in cold weather but even living in Florida the chance to be more exposure to change in weather and temperatures makes us sometimes more vulnerable to develop some allergies or reactions to weather change from warm to cold and vice versa.

With food and pollen allergies on the rise, parents already have their hands full. But there is yet another, rarer allergy to be on the watch for during this time of year: an allergic reaction to cold temperature called cold urticaria.

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Though it sounds far-fetched, cold urticarial works in the same way that other, more common allergies do. Reactions can include redness, hives, itching and even throat swelling. Cold urticaria affects only one in 100,000 people.

Unfortunately, there is no blood test for cold urticaria. But Dr. William Lanting, at the Asthma and Allergy Center of the Rockies, managed to come up with a test of his own: hold an ice cube for three minutes and then watch what happens as the skin warms up. If hives spread on the tested area, it is likely cold urticaria.

Most people with cold urticaria have manageable symptoms and while there is no definitive cure, it can be controlled by taking a daily chronic antihistamine.

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