natural cough remedies for babies and toddlers

March 21, 2012

natural cough remedies for babies
Strange post title for me, I know, but I promise it's book-related.

Both my children have had some colds this winter, but it always seems to hit Lucia the hardest. As a baby/toddler, there is not much you can do to help them sleep through the night, but I've found a few things that have worked for us and I thought I'd share.
infant cough remedy
1. If you can elevate one side of the crib (the side where your baby's head is) on a slight angle, it can help her breathe a little easier while she sleeps and keep the nasal drainage from collecting in the back of her throat--which can cause coughing. There are a lot of ways to do this--you can buy bed risers made specifically for this, but I found that stacking up 4 or 5 board books worked just as well.

We have plenty of books to spare, so we just grabbed a few, lifted the crib and slid them under. It raised the end of the crib just enough to provide some relief while she slept.

2. Use a humidifier in baby's room. Baby books are always insisting on a cool-mist humidifier, but I swear by the warm mist one. I've had a cold-mist one before and I didn't feel like it helped. But when I get my warm-mist one going, I feel the difference immediately. It's like being in a hot-shower--very soothing to irritated throats and noses.

3. Mary Poppins might recommend a spoonful of sugar, but I like to give my kids a spoonful of honey when they have a cough. It doesn't work miracles, but it tastes good and usually makes them smile and curbs the coughing for a little bit.
gray nursery
I shared a nursery tour with you before Lucia was born--I thought you might like to see what it looks like now--with a real live kid living in it.

Not as neat, but just as loved. :)

How do you help your kids get through sick days and nights? What secrets tips can you share with me?

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