Natural Cold Relief for Babies
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No one in the family is happy when a baby has a cold, especially when it
affects night time sleep. Since cold medicines are not recommended for little
ones under two, what natural alternatives do you have? There are quite a few
Many colds will go away without much help, on their own. It is the body
flushing out, and it can be useful to let it take its course. During colds,
babies need extra quiet time and/or sleep. This will be the best remedy to help
her recover. If it gets to be too much for her, because she is not sleeping, is
not eating enough, or is having trouble breathing, then try the methods
First, to help clear her stuffy nose, use a bulb syringe to suck out what
you can. Since she cannot blow her nose, this will clear some of it out. After,
put just a few drops of an infant saline solution in her nose. This will help
clear the sinuses farther up.
Make sure she gets plenty of fluid. If you are breastfeeding, this will help
her immune system, as well as help her get the fluids she needs. If she is
bottle fed, make sure she is getting the same amount of milk as usual. If she
is on some solids, it is okay to allow her to go back to having more milk than
solids. The milk may help her to recover.
There are some effective, yet easy on the system homeopathic remedies for
colds. These are so gentle, they are safe for babies. Check out your health
food store for their selection. Since many babies get stuffy or runny noses
when they teethe, it is also a great idea to get some homeopathic tablets to
help with teething as well. I have seen many babies calm down soon after taking
a few of these.
It is helpful to have enough moisture in the air in her room and your home.
We all feel better and breathe better when there is enough moisture in the air.
Optimal humidity is 30-45%. During winter, the forced air heating will quickly
dry the air too much. It can be really helpful to run a humidifier all winter
long. For info on the best baby humidifiers for the nursery, see this link
http://www.air-purifiers-humidifiers.com/baby-nursery-humidifier.html . There
is a lot to know when buying the perfect one for her best health and this
article will help.
Finally, an air purifier in your home or her room will help clear the air of most germs, bacteria or viruses. These can help all year round to keep the air as pure as possible. You mostly get what you pay for with air purifiers, so the cheaper ones will likely not clean as well. Look for any air purifier with a HEPA filter. Those are the best and are easy to find.
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Lisa loves to help families be healthier naturally. She has two websites helping families find healthy resources, the first is www.appletreedirectory.com and the second is http://www.air-purifiers-humidifiers.com