While it’s not pleasant, it’s a fact of life that your tot will pick up a cold or a flu at some point, however, despite the uncomfortable symptoms the good news is a cold or flu usually clears up with some simple homecare.
Here are some tips on how you can help your little one get back to their best:
Encourage them to rest
Generally, little ones with a cold or flu are tired – but you know kids, they may still want to be up and about, particularly if siblings are playing. Encourage them to rest in a room free from distractions, and if they’re tired but can’t sleep, try putting on their favourite film or reading them a soothing story.
Give them plenty of fluids
We’re sure you’ve heard this time and time again, but the necessity of keeping your child hydrated during illness cannot be underestimated. Try soups, smoothies and juices as well as milk and water.
Continue to breastfeed
If you’re breastfeeding your tot, continue when they’re unwell.
Soothe congestion with steam
Steam is a natural way to soothe your child’s congestion. Run them a bath so they can breathe in all that lovely steam, or alternatively, sit with them in the bathroom while the shower is running.
Try a specially-for-kids pain reliever
If your child has a fever, you may want to try a specially formulated for children paracetamol medicine such as Calpol® Infant Suspension. Always ensure you use the age-appropriate treatment, follow the instructions and stick to the correct dosage. Anything on or above 37.5°C is classed as a fever.
Give them soothing honey and lemon
If your child is over one year old, mix a little honey with lemon and some hot water to ease their cough.
Elevate their pillow
Prop their head up in bed with extra pillows or towels so they can breathe more easily.