My husband works full-time at a hospital and part-time at a school. As you can imagine, this means that cold and flu season is kind of a big deal around our house. Add in living in one of the “top ten worst cities for sinus and allergies” in the USA, and it’s not a great combination. One thing I didn’t realize about becoming a parent was how often your kid would get sick (especially if your husband works in two of the germiest places you can think of.) Yeah, most children average between six and ten colds a year. I knew the facts! What I didn’t realize was exactly what it meant to deal with six or ten colds a year. Not to mention, kids are totally willing to share their germs with their parents…and anyone else around them. Things can get pretty “ew” around our house pretty fast.
If you’re like me and you’re not feeling like being used as a tissue lately, you’ve probably come up with some good ways to help your sick kid get relief. We’ve got quite a few tricks up our sleeve when we feel a cold coming on, and we rush to the rescue as soon as we hear that first tiny sneeze. Here are 5 tips for relieving kids’ cold symptoms. . We hope thesemake your kiddo more comfortable when they’re feeling the ick.
1. Steam Showers
Snotty nose? Steam is my favorite way to loosen up that mucus and get some relief. It worked for me when I was a kid, and it works for me now. If steamy hot showers aren’t an option, you can always try a cool mist humidifier to get some moisture into the air. We love our humidifier!
2. Chicken Noodle Soup
Nothing makes you think of cold season quite like chicken soup. Whether your family swears by caldo de pollo or Campbell’s in a can, there’s something soothing about chicken noodle soup. The warmth is soothing on a sore throat, and it helps kiddos (or adults) get some calories in when a cold has stolen their appetite. You can’t go wrong with this classic remedy.
What? Water? Yep! Staying hydrated is my favorite way to keep that nose running. Runny noses are pretty ick, but it’s way better than letting your snot get so thick that it sits in your nose and you get a sinus infection. Trust me, I’ve done that enough times that now I listen to my old doctor’s advice and down as much water as I can during the course of a cold. I also drink a lot of orange juice during a cold, but that’s just because I like it.
4. Heating Pads
One of the worst things about cold and flu season is the muscle aches that come with some viruses. I mean, you already feel gross, but then your muscles turn against you too? Ew. That’s when a good heating pad comes in handy. Whether you choose the rice packs that you microwave or the kind you plug in, a heating pad can make a difference between sore muscles and “help I’m dying” muscles. We always try to keep ours handy!
5. Children’s Advil®, Children’s Robitussin®, Children’s Dimetapp®
When Sick just got real™, it’s always great to have the right medicine on hand. Check out Children’s Advil®, Children’s Robitussin®, and Children’s Dimetapp® for the worst, hardest to relieve symptoms that your kid is dealing with. Whenever we have a fever in our house, we always reach for Advil! Children’s Advil®, Children’s Robitussin®, and Children’s Dimetapp® all have websites to help you find the best medicine for your child’s age and symptoms.
Even though cold and flu season might be almost over, we’ve still got spring allergy season. Make sure you have a game plan for when Sick gets real. *Remember to consult your physician before giving your child medication.
What’s your best tip for helping a sick kiddo feel better?
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