It was Mia’s first week of school last week and what better way to end it than taking home a virus.
We already knew pre-school and play school is a wonderland of viruses and kids there can just exchange colds, coughs, flu, stomach bugs and what-have-you but I wasn’t expecting Mia to get one early in the game. 🙂 Well I’m not really sure where she got it but that was the only place she went to last week without us. Anyway, she showed signs of colds Friday night (which we thought was just allergies) and it turned to a full-blown snot-fest on Saturday. So we loaded her up with Vitamin C, increased her fluid intake and prayed hard that the little baby won’t get infected – but of course that’s almost impossible -at the end of the weekend, Mia, Mika and I were all down with colds and cough.
How to Survive When Kids Get Colds and Cough.
When Mia was a baby, we dreaded her getting anything close to colds because it would mean crying bouts and sleepless nights for us all. She just couldn’t sleep when she had it. Until now, it’s still fairly difficult when she’s sick because she tends to get very cranky especially during the night and Michael will end up carrying her and rocking her to sleep (very hard since she’s almost 18 kilos now. We really had to look for ways on how we could make her better or at least feel a bit better. Here are some tips we got from research and from family/friends that worked for her, and we’re now doing for Mika too:
Number one remedy and cure is still increase water or fluid intake. Fortunately for Mia, this is not hard, we just have to keep reminding her and offering her to drink water and give her fruit juice every meal and snacks so she can get rid of the virus. When she really loads up on fluids, her colds would leave after three days or so. A lot of parents I know have a difficult time giving their babies or kids water since it’s tasteless and uninteresting but you just had to try and look for ways which would make your kids drink. Try different temperatures, ice cold, tap, warm – and find out which your child likes – in our case both kids like it cold. Also, choose a water container that fits your kid – better yet let them choose what they like! Although I believe it’s still best to get a water bottle since it’s less prone to spill, and very handy. Sippy cups for little toddlers are too difficult to carry along – once Mia learned how to drink from the straw we just got her a bottle with a built-in straw.
Make sure that the air inside your room is not dry. When AC is turned on 24/7 and windows are closed, the air inside your room gets dry. This may cause clogged nose and makes your child very uncomfortable. It’s best to have the windows open so fresh air can come in and the virus is not contained inside your room, but of course this won’t always be possible. In our case, we cannot do this especially when the temperature is warm because this triggers my husband’s and Mia’s eczema. We got a humidifier instead – and this works wonders! We bought our Hello Kitty Crane Humidifier from Amazon when Mia was still a baby and it still works for us. You can also try creating a make-shift humidifier – our pedia then suggested that we keep a basin of water near the aircon or fan.
Use an aspirator. For smaller kids and babies who still cannot blow their noses, it’s best to buy an aspirator. The common ones (bulb, squeeze type) that you can buy from the drugstore will d0, although it’s somewhat difficult to use this especially for your wriggly baby. We have tried using this but it was not effective for us – takes several tries to get the snot out. We got another type now- the type that lets the parent suck on one end and it works wonders! Nosefrida is one of the most popular nasal aspirator but I’ve seen more brands come up with this type – Pigeon, Chicco, etc. We are currently using the nasal aspirator we bought from Mothercare – the brand we got is Orange and Peach. It’s very easy to use, and very efficient – we can take out that sipon in just one suck (sounds yucky, right?)
Cold rubs or Soothing Balms. For babies, some do not recommend the use of the common Vicks Vaporub. In one study it says that it tends to result in the body producing more mucus and thus not recommended for babies or children below 2. There are several articles online, like this, you can read up on it so you’ll be informed. Other cold rubs are milder and more baby-friendly, some are organic and produce similar comforting effects as with Vicks. One of our favorite local Vegan/Organic shop has a vegan alternative, Mother’s Love Soothing and Healing Balm -which is made from all natural ingredients and essential oils and promises to be warm like mama!. At home, we have Mustela Soothing Comfort balm – we use this soothing balm when our kids get uncomfortable due to colds or gas. We just use a bit and massage it on their tummies or chest area.
Take care everyone, it’s the flu season!