The common cold is one of the most common illnesses that toddlers and infants can contract. The virus is airborne and can be easily passed on from one kid to another.
Home Remedies for Colds in Toddlers
There is no need to buy expensive medications to treat the common cold. Often, home remedies can work as effectively as these pharmaceutical medications. Such home remedies include:
- Increase in fluids. Colds often cause sore, dry throat so that fluids can help soothe this. Also, fluids are known to hasten the thinning of excessive mucus.
- Increase food and fluids rich in vitamin C. This vitamin is known as the immune system booster. Examples are fruits like lemons and oranges.
- Honey. Kids won’t be averse with honey as they might be with medications. Honey can calm the cough and help sooth a scratchy throat.
Home Remedies for Colds in Infants
- It is more difficult to treat an infant as opposed to a toddler because many medications may be too strong for them.
- Honey may be watered down for easier drinking, especially if it is too viscous.
- Allow the child to rest as much as possible.
- Use a humidifier to clear out clogged, stuffy nose.
Signs of Colds in Infants
It is best to always be in the lookout for sickness symptoms so that ailments can be treated as soon as possible. The following are possible signs of colds that may be presented by infants:
- Runny or congested nose
- Difficulty in sleeping
- Decreased appetite
Preventing Colds in Infants
Parents do not want to see their children suffering, especially when having breathing difficulties. Thus, it is best to prevent ailments than finding a cure. To do this, parents can do the following:
- Keep the child’s shots updated. This will keep him/her strong enough to combat infections and various ailments. This will also help prevent common ailments such as colds.
- Increase the child’s intake of vitamins, especially vitamin C. This will help boost the immune system, preventing colds and other ailments.
- Keep the child’s play area, sleeping quarters, and other places clean and neat at all times. Also keep toys and furniture clean.
- Allowing the child to rest/sleep as much as he/she can, will help keep the body rested and ready to combat infections.
- For toddlers, allowing them to move around to play and exercise can also help build their bodies and keep themselves healthy.