THERE’S a lot of greens being eaten in our house at the moment – and I’m not talking about vegetables. As mentioned earlier this week, Mr Sniffles entered our house after a cold snap and left everyone running for the tissues. Except me (touch wood).
During my short time as a mother, I’ve experienced babies with colds on more than a few occasions. I even ended up in hospital with Ella when she was just a bub after fears she’d contracted swine flu.
Thankfully, she hadn’t, but she still had quite a serious case of Bronchiolitis. It was one of the most frightening nights of my life, as I sat watching her breathe all night. So when colds come to visit us, I take them pretty seriously.
A friend was battling the lurgy in her house recently and asked for some tips to help her bub through it. So, now Baby Holly is going through the same, I thought I’d share what I’ve learnt here.
- Give baby extra breastfeeds to prevent them from getting dehydrated
- Vicks Baby Balsam on the soles of their feet (unless under four months and then it’s best to avoid)
- Use a vapouriser in their room. My favourite brand is Hippo Deluxe Steam Vapouriser. It’s the only one we’ve bought that hasn’t broken down after a couple of uses.
- Encourage them to have as much sleep as possible.
- Give the recommended dose of Panadol if their temperature starts to rise. A babies average body temperature is about 37C.
- Take them to the doctor if you’re at all worried. Don’t wait or you could end up like we did, in hospital.
For mums, dads, babies eating solids and bigger kids, these immune boosting foods seem to work for us:
Veggies – vitamins and minerals, people. Try some veggie soup
Garlic – try Spaghetti Bolognese
Chilli – as above, although some kids just can’t tolerate even the slightest bit of chilli.
Yoghurt – smoothies, with the addition of berries, cinnamon and honey, which are also immune boosting foods
Avocado – in a sandwich, in nachos and just mashed with baby rice for babies eating solids.
What are your tips for battling colds?
Disclaimer: This is based on my personal opinion and experience. I am not a medical professional, so please seek medical advice if you are at all concerned.