Joining a gym that included a 2-hour “Kids Academy” time for your child seemed like an awesome idea when we first signed up. What I wasn’t aware then was the amounts of times that my daughter would get sick with a cold. I have accepted that it’s almost inevitable for toddlers not to get sick at such a young age, especially because their immune system is still developing and growing strong. My germaphobe self strikes every time we come back home so I repeatedly wash her hands with warm water and soap. Regardless of my strong efforts of keeping her healthy, she still falls for the common flu. Here’s a list of the products I can’t live without when she gets sick:
1. Vicks BabyRub: I use Vicks BabyRub because it helps to decongest her chest. It contains the aromatic fragrances of Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Lavender, which soothes her and gently calms her before bedtime. I like to rub it on her chest and at the bottom of her feet. The reason why I rub some on her feet is because if she sweats, the fragrance will still reach her nose.
2. Safety 1st 360 degree Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier: I personally bought this one in Walmart and I love because it’s simple to use and easy to clean too. Humidifiers are very helpful because the cool mist adds moisture to the air making it more comfortable for her to breathe. *If you have 2 kids in the same room, having one humidifier in the room is enough for both of them.
3. Blanket: My daughter has a Pottery Barn soft pink faux fur baby blanket she got as a present when she was born and she absolutely loves it because of its softness. She goes to sleep without a problem as soon as she has her blanket by her side.
4. The Nose Frida Nasal Aspirator: The Nose Frida is the absolute bomb-diggity! Ever since I found out about this product, I swear by it. The nasal bulbs nurses give you in the hospital when you give birth aren’t as awesome as they say. I got mine at Babies R Us, but they can be found pretty much anywhere. The Nose Frida is a great product because it has disposable filters and you have control of how much you can take out of the baby’s nose. Even though sometimes babies don’t like this, it’s probably one of the most useful items out there! According to our Pediatrician, sucking her boogies regularly is important in order to prevent ear infections.
5. Infant Motrin Dye-Free: I like to use Infant Motrin Dye-Free for when my daughter has a fever or if she’s having teething pains. I try to limit the use of medicines, but this is helpful when used properly and cautiously. *Please make sure to always consult with your Pediatrician before giving your child any type of medication*
6. Bath time: I try to take advantage of bath time because this is when I add some drops of Eucalyptus oil in the tub. *DO NOT rinse eyes with this water* The Eucalyptus oil will also help to decongest the chest and the nose. You can find this product in any convenience store. I actually bought ours in Walgreens Pharmacy. Luke warm water temperature will also help to lower a fever. I like to let my daughter play in the bathtub for 10-15 minutes before going to bed.
7. Liquid: I tend to give extra liquids to my daughter when she’s sick. I sometimes prepare some homemade chicken noodle soup, give her home-made smoothies, water, or her bottle. This will ensure that she stays hydrated.
8. Snuggles!! I like to give my daughter extra snuggles when she’s sick. We like to read books or watch her favorite cartoons. Her favorite has always been Super Why. I’m so happy Netflix has it. I cherish these moments so much because she’s all about being with me. It’s definitely a great moment to bond and connect!
I hope that this information was useful and that you’re able to help your child feel better! If you have any suggestions, tips, or comments, please make sure to leave them in the comment box below! I love receiving new information and advise.