Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Top tips for coping with babies and children with cold's #Competition


Autumn isn't quite upon us but, the horrible weather is and lets face it all those nasty bugs/viral infections are flying around like its party season. With that its inevitable that the colds are doing the rounds its horrible when you are suddenly struck down with a cold - you know the symptoms bungy nose, headaches, sore throats and aching bones, not to mention usually a cough and high temperature which lets face it can make you feel pretty unwell, so what do we do take to our beds? grab a bit of sympathy, take some paracetamol/Ibruprofen, walk the house at 4am cause your having a coughing fit you cant control, or grab a pint of water because your mouth is that dry you feel like you could drink the entire contents of the ocean and more alright so a slight exaggeration but you are probably thinking you know the feeling.

however for babies and children that cant talk, a cold can feel like the end of the world, they don't know that you have to blow your nose to clear it, or that in a few days they will probably start to feel better - a day for a young child is a lifetime an for an adult looking after a child with a cold 24 hours can seem like a lifetime and leave you looking around for those sticks to prop your eyelids open.

Im hoping this list will help you, although there is no cure for the common cold just having ways to manage them makes life so much easier so you can try and get at least get a few hours sleep and be able to function the next day.


 Top tips for coping with babies and children with cold's


  • Drink Plenty - dont worry too much if your baby is off there dinners as long as they are drinking plenty for babies that are weaned offer you baby and extra bottle of milk or an extra feed on the breast if you are breast feeding, try and keep a cup with water, or diluted juice near by breathing through there mouths drys it out and will make them have a sore throat. with smaller babies you could try giving them a couple of ounces of water inbetween feeds to keep them.
  • Rest - make sure if you little one needs to sleep, let them, as long as they are getting plenty of fluids inbetween.
  • Raise the mattress - if your child has blocked nose, you can make their breathing easier by raising the pillow end of your child's bed or cot by putting books or bricks under the legs, or placing a pillow under the mattress (you shouldn't put anything under the mattress of a baby younger than one year old).
  • Medicine - Liquid paracetamol and ibruprofen will keep temperatures at bay and will also ease there time when they are sleeping, make sure you follow all directions on the bottle
 Top tips for coping with babies and children with cold's

  • Atmosphere - warm moist air can help with breathing and a blocked nose so you could take your child into the bathroom and run the tap or shower.
  • Temperature - make sure the room they are sleeping in isn't too hot or stuffy keep clothing normal and use a thin sheet - also invest in a good thermometer this way you will have an accurate reading and if you notice there temperature is to high you can act. 
  • Medical attention - Always seek advice from a doctor or medical professional if your child has any other worrying symptoms other than the cold it self also if you are unsure or worried better to get them checked than to leave it until they are worse.  

      Have you got any tips for treating a cold or anything you would like to share?

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165 comments

  1. I tend to stay away from medication unless if it's really bad so my top tip would be sleep and honey and lemon water!!!

    Laura @ What's Hot?

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  2. plenty of water to flush the system, bed rest and tlc x

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  3. Drink warm drinks, wrap up warm, eat fruit and rest

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  4. Chicken soup and lots of peppermint tea always works for me! :)

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  5. I always have a few hot toddies - doesn't cure it but makes you feel a lot better!

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  6. Calpol and fruit to get that much needed vitamin c

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  7. Drink lots of water and sleep lots!

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  8. Hot orange juice(made from freshly squeezed oranges)

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  9. I swear by bee pollen .. mix a pinch on a spoon of honey and eat.. or be like me take bee pollen pills all year round

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  10. My best remedy is definitely honey and lemon - I swear by it and think it helps in conjunction with more conventional drugs

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  11. Drink plenty of water, and get some cold medicines :)

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  12. vics on the feet, with a pair of socks over v- works wonders

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  13. Plenty of sleep & Vicks Vaporub :)

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  14. keep warm,plenty of rest and paracetamol.

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  15. plenty of rest and fluids and menthol crystals are great for a bunged up nose

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  16. Plenty of rest- tried & tested having recently been hit with a cold. For my son I put Vicks on his feet then socks, seems to help him through the night :) x

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  17. Olbas drops work for us to unblock noses at night time.

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  18. Lots of fluid and rest. Manuka honey sipped off the spoon eases a scratchy throat - mustn't be put in hot water as that kills the anti-viral/anti-bacterial element.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  19. Rest and fluids, a steamy bath helps too I find

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  20. Paracetamol, lemsip, honey and hot lemon

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  21. plenty of fluids and keep an eye on the temperature

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  22. Plenty of pocket tissues, a bottle of water to sip at and Beechams!

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  23. vitamin c and vapour rub. I only give medicine if Darcy has a temperature or nothing else works

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  24. Plenty of oranges or orange juice to help the body fight it

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  25. Wrap up, keep warm and drink plenty of fluids but most importantly get someone else to do the housework (especially the ironing)

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  26. eat plenty of oranges and drink lots of water and fresh orange juice

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  27. eat oranges and do steam inhalation with some peppermint oil

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  28. Plenty of fluids! and paracetamol for fever and headache

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  29. Rest, Fluids and a diet of chicken soup.

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  30. I take vitamin c so i don't get the cold (touch wood) But when i used to i drank lemsip and had chicken soup! Worked wonders and if you have a sore throat you can't beat a nice ice lolly!

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  31. Paracetamol, lots of hot mugs of tea. Rest if possible. Try and stay positive

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  32. Honey and lemon is great for sore throats. And of course a good old cup of tea x

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  33. Plenty of sleep and wrap up warm with a mug of honey and lemon in boiled water :D

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  34. Paracetamol and olbas oil are my two staples!

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  35. Plenty of water rest and daily vitamins

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  36. Lots of glucose to build energy back up x

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  37. Lots of Disney movies and hot tea are my go-to!

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  38. Lots of rest and Olbas oil always helps

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  39. Olbas Oil on pillows to aid sleep through the congestion :)

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  40. For my 5 month old i've been using saline nasal drops and the Calpol Vapour Plug has been a godsend!

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  41. Hot drinks, wrap up warm and lots of sleep.

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  42. plenty of rest and hearty meals

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  43. Hot water with lemon and honey

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  44. Other than trying to get as much fresh air as I can (I can breathe better outside when I have a cold), I tend to ignore it and let it run its course

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  45. Hot water with honey and lemon always works a treat!

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  46. Plenty of rest. A little bit of olbas oil on a tissue.

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  47. Drink plenty, lots of rest and a fresh, hot honey and lemon before bed.

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  48. Just battle through & eat lots of satsumas!

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  49. Plenty of fluids, paracetamol, easy to eat food (soup and rice pudding are favourites) and plenty of rest. Rafflecopter entries are in my real name NIKKI HAYES :o)

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  50. Plenty of fluids and rest.

    Elizabeth Williams

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  51. Sleep With an Extra Pillow Under Your Head. This will help with draining snotty noses. If the angle is too awkward, try placing the pillows between the mattress and the base of the bed to create a more gradual slope.

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  52. Drink lots of warm fluid

    Kelly Ellen Hirst

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  53. Nice warm steamy bath & a good nights sleep

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  54. Vicks in a Hot Steaming Bowl of Water x

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  55. Rest! and weirdly fresh air!

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  56. For adults - Sudafed nasal spray is magic!

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  57. Pajamas and a duvet on the sofa always help!

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  58. Berocca and lots of hot water with honey and lemon always does the trick for me!

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  59. Warm drinks such as honey and lemon, plenty of rest, soup if not feeling so hungry.

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  60. I try not to take any medication, but stay warm and if possible on the sofa or in bed as much as possible!!

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  61. Honey and lemon tea works a treat

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  62. Wrapped in a duvet with plenty of cold water to drink

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  63. Rest, rest and more rest accompanied by some honey and lemon in hot water x

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  64. Rest, rest and more rest accompanied by some honey and lemon in hot water x

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  65. I'm a bit of a wimp so flu plus tablets, lazy blanket day with a hot water bottle and chick flicks ;)

    Stevie x

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  66. no chemical will aid a cold manuka honey .boil lemon a chilli, and drink this days after the cold also, drink warm pineapple juice to loosen phelgm

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  67. A warm drink with a soon of honey in it and lots of rest.

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  68. A warm bath, wrap up in warm towels (heated up in tumble dryer), a hot water bottle and a good night's rest.

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  69. Plenty of fluids, including chicken soup.

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  70. my top tips: if you feel a cold coming on, raw garlic is very effective! (in a salad or something) and if you already have a cold - the typical of tea with honey, lemon and a bit of ginger! anything that makes you sweat it out is good too, eat spicy foods if you can handle it!

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  71. Plenty of rest. Keeping warm. And short walks to get fresh air. Orange juice

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  72. rest and eat lots of healthy nourishing food

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  73. Plenty of rest and fluids, vapor rub and lots of tender love and care! x

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  74. Keep hydrated and stay in the warm and rest

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  75. Oblate Oil in the oil burner, plenty of fluids and Vitamin C

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  76. huge amount of tea and try to keep the tiny nose unblocked - otherwise it would be more than uncomfortable for the baby/child

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  77. Garlic! Bit of an old wives' tale but is really great. Also tea with honey! x

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  78. I use echinacea drops, find they really help at keeping colds at bay
    Sheila Reeves @CakeReev

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  79. Plenty of rest, vitamin C and liquids

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  80. plenty of sleep helps if you can get it :)

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  81. Lots of hot drinks

    Lynsey Buchanan

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  82. Keep hydrated. Also putting an onion peeled and cut in half in the baby's room will help him/her breathe better (tried and tested!). It will stink like onion in the morning but it is worth it ;)

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  83. Lots of drinks especially ones with vitamin C

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  84. staying indoors keeping warm lots of cuddles little foods as appetites tend to go

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  85. plenty of rest with loads of room temperature orange juice

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  86. keep your fluids topped up and take a cold/flu hot drink before bed.

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  87. Plenty of rest, water and vitamins. xxx

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  88. Plenty of fluids, paracetamol, steam over a bowl with Olbas Oil, and cut back on dairy products especially yogurts

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  89. A bit of fresh air! Everyone feels rubbish cooped up. Just make sure it's not too strenuous and dressed appropriately!

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  90. warm drinks, plenty of rest and paracetamol

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  91. warm drinks, plenty of rest and paracetamol

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  92. Use one of those room inhaler things - I've just gone completely blank as to what they're called! They work like magic though, brilliant things

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  93. Zinc - seems taking that works as a preventative as well.

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  94. calpol and plenty of vicks at night!

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  95. Rest & plenty of hot lemonade with honey

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  96. hot drinks, rest and vick's vapour rub

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  97. In addition to keeping them hydrated, my Mum's best tip that always seems to work is vicks on the soles of the feet.

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  98. Plenty of rest (sleeping is better as the body can repair itself quicker whilst you sleep) also paracetamol and hot honey & lemon drinks.

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  99. Keep warm and carry on, paracetamol works

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  100. For a baby,cuddles. For me,whisky!

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  101. Drink plenty of fluids and I find a spray nasal decongestant is brilliant.

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  102. A cup of tea with a drop of whiskey in it!

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  103. hot honey & lemon drinks & facial steaming.

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  104. I take echinacea tablets every day and I never get a cold :-)

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  105. Paracetamol and plenty of fluids :-)

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  106. Resting, lots of fluid and thin soup.

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  107. Lots of rest and cuddles to help keep them calm.

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  108. Get plenty of bed rest to allow your body to effectively fight the bugs xx

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  109. lots of water , warm soup and trying to keep occupied

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  110. Vitamin C and keep hydrated xxx

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