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We’ve been taking Apollo to our gym childcare since he was old enough to be allowed in at 4 months old. I loved taking advantage of the childcare because it allowed me time to workout and it helped him get comfortable with other people aside from his parents. My only complaint about child care is the inevitability of catching colds. Despite the employee’s best efforts to keep the place sanitized and prevent ill kids from entering, Apollo would always catch a cold every couple of months. Since you can’t give children under 2 any medication, here are my must haves to help my little guy battle his colds.
This little gem has been a God-send and I am so grateful to the Nosiboo team for reaching out to let me try this. Congestion sucks. Period. I know how I feel when I can’t breathe and can only imagine what it’s like for someone who can’t communicate or alleviate their pain themselves. And those bulb syringe they give at the hospital and come in newborn kits? They don’t work and are impossible to clean. I have the NoseFrida and while it does its job, I always find myself sick soon after from inhaling vapors.
The Nosiboo Pro takes all the yuck away in the form of a premium quality medical device suitable for home use. That’s right, no more manually sucking out snot. The cute little Nosiboo Pro does all the work for you with easy to control electric suction. Yup, you can adjust the suction strength based on the mucus thickness and your baby’s age. My favorite feature of the Nosiboo is how easy it is to clean. The aspirator head completely comes apart to release what it’s collected. I wash it with warm soapy water and let dry completely.
The only possible downside is the noise it emits. My son got startled the first time I turned it on but got accustomed to the noise after awhile. Other than that, the Nosiboo Pro is a must have for me and think it’s a perfect baby shower gift.
You can find it on their website or on Amazon. (affiliate link)
Cool Mist Humidifier
We live in Colorado where humidity is at the bare minimum. This makes fall/winter colds particularly more unpleasant by stripping the already low levels of humidity from the air. All the dry air makes symptoms worse for your little one.
I prefer cool mist humidifiers to it’s heated counterpart because it’s (usually) the cheaper alternative. It forces water to dissipate into the room without using heat and still works at relieving congestion and cough just as well as steam. Using a cool mist humidifier also prevents the worry of hot water spilling or your baby getting hurt if he/she gets too close to the steam.
A lot of the discomfort from colds is actually caused by the swelling of the mucus membrane. This is where saline drops help by reducing inflammation and thinning out the mucus. You can make your own saline solution by combining no more the 1/4 teaspoon of salt to 8oz of previously boiled, warm water. You can use a plastic dropper to add a few drops in each nostril. Apollo hates this but being able to breathe trumps his mini protests.
Patience + Cuddles
Since there is no cure for the common cold, the best thing you can do is help alleviate the symptoms as best you can. Sometimes, the only thing that helps Apollo sleep better is by sleeping on my chest while I rub his back. They have no idea why their little body’s are revolting so the comfort of mom’s familiar arms can be the best medicine. So bittersweet.
What are some of your tips for dealing with baby + toddler colds?