I wanted to write a quick tip about something ALL MOMS deal with this time of year: baby colds and sniffles. Though I’m so used to baby colds now when they happen, I was recently taken back to my beginner-mommy days when an associate I had lunch plans with had to cancel because her new baby came down with her first cold. She asked me about what to do for it, and she seemed more that a little frayed about it.
For dads and moms-to-be, trust me on this: you will NEVER forget your baby’s first cold. It is terrifying: you don’t know how to deal with it, and you feel helpless. You try so hard to avoid any baby illness, so when it happens, it’s a really emotional experience. Two colds later, you’re a pro, but that first one will always be a doozy. So for the new moms, here are some products I used to get through that first solo flight with my baby’s colds.
Vicks Vaporizer with Night Light
The mist from a good humidifier is known to unstuff congested mucous membranes in the nose, throat, and lungs. Babies can typically breathe more comfortably and recuperate much sooner.
Breathe Essential Oil Blend.
This is a 100% natural essential oil that I use in my baby’s humidifier instead of other diluted, chemical-based oils used with many vaporizers. This oil blend helps clear breathing passages and ease any irritation your baby may experience.
NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator
I think this is one of the best mucous/baby boogie eliminators out. This will help remove any solid or liquid blockage from your baby’s sinuses.
California Baby Eucalyptus Ease Massage Oil
Giving your baby a baby rubs or massages with eucalyptus oil before and after bathtime will work wonders for your baby mood and illness. Eucalyptus is great for treating fevers and reducing body temperature, and it is effective for treating a number of respiratory problems, including colds and coughing issues.
Vicks Baby Rub Soothing Chest, Neck and Back Ointment.
This is another great baby rub. A combination of aloe, eucalyptus, lavender and rosemary oils, this rub is amazing for its efficacy and aromatic fragrance.
Hyland’s Baby Cold Relief Dissolving Tablets
A great homeopathic remedy, these little pills dissolve on your baby’s tongue and provides relief from a runny nose, congestion and coughing. Made from plant extracts, these are much safer for your child than typical over-the-counter medications.
Zarbee’s Natural Baby Cough Syrup
I love this because it works, but also because it is safe for babies 12 months or younger. Zarbee’s guarantees its products as having no artificial flavors, sweeteners, drugs, chemicals, alcohol or dyes. (The one with honey is for children over 1 years old)
Seasoned moms, how did YOU handle your first baby cold? What worked for you and your little one? I’m sure all new moms will appreciate the advice. Share your ideas in the comments section.