How to Ease a Toddler Cold Naturally

Everyone knows having a cold is no fun. There’s no other way to put it. Being stuffed up and feeling miserable, your toddler doesn’t know how to handle these symptoms. They don’t even how to blow their nose most of the time and you feel helpless. Though sometimes meds are the right answer for your little one, here are methods I use to ease a toddler’s cold naturally.

Vapor Rub

I remember being a kid and my parents slathering my chest in vapor rub. It was so tingly and cold but made me feel so much better. Vapor rub is one of my first go to’s when my little one starts getting the sniffles. I let him take a warm bath then get him ready for bed with an application of vapor rub to help ease his sinuses. You can easily find vapor rub in the baby section or any local retailer or you can get even more crafty and create your own.


This might sound like the opposite of what you think you should do but using a humidifier can help ease congestion and cold symptoms. Keeping the humidity level in a room between 40-60% is key to reducing the survival chances of flu viruses in the air. Living in Arizona, we use a humidifier most of the year because the air is so incredibly dry. Max will even get nosebleeds just from sleeping without one. Be careful though, you have to maintain your humidifier to avoid mold and bacteria from growing inside of it.

Nasal Spray

Even with a humidifier and vapor rub, sometimes your little ones need extra help in clearing their nasal passages. Dry nasal passages can be tough on toddlers especially when the nose requires a certain level of moisture to stay healthy. We have found saline solution is a godsend to balancing out moisture in nasal passages. Like many of today’s moms, we searched for a product made with pure and naturally sourced ingredients.

  • yin Chan

    Such great tips! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

    • Vyjay Rao
      yin Chan

      These are some very useful tips for colds. Vapor Rub is something really soothing, I too have vague memories of the comforting feeling as a toddler when having a cold.

  • Marcie W.

    Taking care of sick kids is the worst, especially when they are toddlers. Mine are older now but I still turn to many of these suggestions for relief when they fall ill.

  • Terri Beavers

    These are great tips for colds. I always used to run a humidifier with Vicks vapor rub or rub some on the bottom of the kids’ feet. Someone told me, a few dozen years ago, to try that instead of rubbing it on their chest (because they hated the strong smell) and it worked perfectly. You just reminded me to check on a new humidifier.

  • Heather

    These are all great! We’ve learned a few tricks over the years and finally feel like we don’t have to run to the ER when our girls get sick.

  • Ruth I

    My niece is suffering from cold now but it’s just a mild one. We have humidifier at home that really helps.

  • Kathy

    I love using all these as well. The vapor rub really does help. I still use that for my girls today. It works well.

  • SARA

    I always found that the humidifier worked wonders. I also had good luck with a little bit of vicks vaporub on the soles of the feet, covered by some socks.

  • Vyjay Rao

    These are some very useful tips for colds. Vapor Rub is something really soothing, I too have vague memories of the comforting feeling as a toddler when having a cold.

  • Sara

    These are good tips. When my kids were smaller I found that ruing their backs in a circular motion helped too. It calmed them and helped to relieve gas which can be uncomfortable!