Whats great for getting rid of toddler cold?

Katherine - posted on 10/02/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hi,
My son has a terrible cold and it just started. He was up all night coughing and tossing and turning. Last night I gave him children Tylenol and again this morning. I rather not give him these bcs they really do not work for my son. Do any of you moms know any at home remedies that are helpful with dealing with toddler colds? I've read that a tablespoon of natural honey helps sooth a sore throat and help with many other cold problems. I haven't tried that one yet but curious to see if others have? I give him plenty of fluid to help clean his system. He doesn't have diarrhea or anything like that. Just a bad cough, sore throat, sneezing, and running nose. Thank you to anyone that has safe, reliable, and trusting cold remedies to share. Much appreciated!

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Karen - posted on 10/05/2009

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My three year old son has suffered from chest infections since he was 6mths old & now has asthma. Now that it's becoming cooler he always seems to have a runny nose & cough. My tips are:

1. let him sit in a steamy bathroom for about 15mins b4 bed time.

2. Put a pillow under his mattress at the top of his bed to prop him up while he is sleeping. This really helps with the coughing.

3. Place a few drops of Karvol/Olbas oil on his bedding. This helps with his breathing.

Hope the above is of use to you.

Brittney - posted on 10/03/2009

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we use a couple

1. go into the bathroom run a hotttt shower and sit in bathroom with him for 15 mins or so (let him play with toys)

2. also let him breath in the cold air from a freezer for a minute or so. alternate between the steam and the cold.

3. we use a humidifier in his room that always helps.

4. suction out his nose(its not easy but it gives relief) then use a childrens or infants nasal spray

5. offer foods with lots of vitamin c like oranges, red berries like strawberries, kiwi, and grapefruit. we make our son smoothies when he is sick he loves them.

6. also we give him warm tea with honey in a sippy cup that helps

7. lollipops there is a lollipop that you can get at walgreens and im sure at most drug stores that relieves sore throat. they are great and natural. i only let my son have one we are sitting together.



hope these help!

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Katherine - posted on 10/07/2009

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Thank you so much for the tips!! The shower works great for him before bed & also thank you Brandi, my son is only 20 months old so I will not try the honey on him. I have been using the baby vapo rub the last 3 nights and he hasn't woken up from coughing and seems to be breathing much better. During the day is another story tho.

Kathryn - posted on 10/04/2009

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i use a few when my son is sick i would rather not medicate him if i can help it. i do everything that Brittney does also only one different is i also give him a nuke warm glass of lemon water to drink. it was one my mom use on me when i was little and it works well for my son.

Darci - posted on 10/04/2009

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We have done vapo rub on their feet with socks on at night. It helps them breath a little better. We also do the humidifier in their room. I have done this for myself too. We also have a homeopathic cough syrup: Source Naturals - Wellness - Cough Syrup with Whild Cherry Bark... this stops a cough and soothes a sore throat. It was recommended by my chiropractor. We also take our children to the chiropractor when they're ill... her adjustments boost their immune systems.

Brandi - posted on 10/04/2009

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I do all the same stuff as brittney, but if your son is younger than two don't use honey, it can contain some bacteria from the bees that young toddlers can't fight off very well. I also buy my kids a new coloring book and a box of crayons any time they're sick. (it doesn't really do anything medically, but seems to raise their spirits a little and gives them something to occupy them so they don't overexert themselves). I also use baby vapo rub. It has much milder ingredients than regular vapo rub and helps to open their nasal passages.

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