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.
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.
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.