Fall is here and with it comes the flu season…..
Last year, during this time my whole family had a severe cold and we couldn’t get rid of it. We just kept getting it over and over again, It was a never-ending cycle.
Also, it didn’t help, that my babies were just a couple months old and giving them any medication was out of the question. To say the least, my momma’s heart was aching for them!
However, during this rough time, I learned so many tips and tricks on how to help ease cold symptoms and how to help babies get better quicker.
Today, I am so eager to share with you everything that I have learned and also what has been working for us.
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Newborns- 3 Months
The newborn stage is definitely a difficult one because you have to be very careful about what you are exposing your baby too. Not a whole lot of medication can be given to a newborn.
Also, it’s vital to bring a newborn to the doctor if they are showing any signs of cold/flu. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
- Hydration: Breast milk is the best medication for babies, it’s full of vitamins and minerals. Nursing often will help keep babies hydrated and will give them the strength needed to fight off a virus.
- Saline Drops: Saline nasal drops can thin the mucus in baby’s nose and shrink swollen airways. Saline drops may make it easier to remove mucus from your child’s nose. This will allow your baby to breathe easier.
- Clean nasal passages: Cleaning out a baby’s nose with nosafrida will help ease baby’s breathing.
- Humidity: Using a gentle humidifier to moisten the area around the baby’s crib may assist them to breathe better and relieve congestion.
- Steam: Standing in a steamy bathroom with the hot water running for 10 to 15 minutes may loosen mucus.
- Chiropractor: Immune system is controlled by the brain and that is why it is vital to keep open and clear communication between the brain and the rest of the body via nerves system. Getting your baby adjusted helps clear those blockages allowing the brain to communicate with the rest of the body.
Honestly, not much changes by 4 to 6 months but you can start using some baby safe chest rubs along with all of the above home remedies. Also, some essential oils could be used as long as they are diluted but check with your doctor before using any.
- Maty’s All Natural Chest Rub: Relieves your little one’s congestion with pure ingredients you know & recognize. A natural alternative to traditional BabyRub. Soothe baby’s nighttime cough & congestion with this safe, effective whole food remedy.
- Young Living Essential Oils: are the world’s purest essential oils and oil infused products which offer the best medicinal effects. Our favorite essential oils to diffuse during the flu season are lemon and thieves as they are both antibacterial and help kill all the germs that are flying around our home.
When we diffuse essential oils, we make sure to have our babies in a different room.
As your baby is growing, it’s easier to take care of them, I mean at this point you got it down! Right?!
Just kidding, it’s still worrisome when your child is sick no matter what age they are and you always feel helpless.
However, the good thing is that as they are growing up more remedies are available to help speed up their recovery.
- All of the above home remedies
- Elderberry Syrup(without honey): elderberry syrup is thought to be a natural remedy for cold and flu symptoms. When taken within 48 hours of symptoms, it’s been shown to reduce the duration of symptoms by up to 4 days.
Read my recent post on all elderberry syrup benefits and also the recipe for the syrup.
- Bone Broth: broth is an excellent source of minerals and is known to boost the immune system and improve digestion. Its high calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus content make it great for bone and tooth health. Bone broth also supports joints, hair, skin, and nails due to its high collagen content.
Let me know what are some of your natural home remedies that you use for your children and for yourself?