For your congested little one.
Because there is nothing more heart-wrenching than watching your baby struggle with a cold or flu.
Feeling sick is uncomfortable, the body aches and feels like it drags, the nose runs nonstop, sneezing on everything and everyone …its a mess! Imagine how our precious little angels feel when sickie, and, for the younger ones who cant speak yet it must be aweful! and the last thing you want to do is slather him or her in toxic chemicals! While they are building their imune system by “processing” this cold there are very cool things we can do to help them feel a bit more rested. I’ve tried these few things with my little sunlight and it seems to help her a lot.
With the changing season and the weather shifting my little darling got her first cold last week. I know when in need is good to have it, but I am not a big fan of western medications, and for infants its not even recommended to medicate. …So I used every baby cold home remedy I could think of to try to make her comfortable while she kicked the nasty germs.
I combined all of these things during the day and specially at bedtime, and we slept through the night on her sickest evenings! 😉
These are great for everyone in the house dealing with a cold
1) Humidifier/Difuser – These little machines are awesome. Fill’em up with water, and it makes your baby’s room as humid as a tropical rain forest. This helps keep their little noses and mouths from feeling dry from all of that congestion. And you can add a few drops of either Eucalyptus, Camphor or Peppermint Oil to the water and it will also keep the air clean from germs.
*note: if you dont have a difuser and/or humidifier then right before bedtime boil some water in a saucepan and add a few drops of oil and let the steam do its magic. If possible let it stand in the bedroom so the steam cleanses and moistens the air in the room.
2) HM Vapor Rub – Yes, you can purchase vapor rub for infants at the store, but if you look at the contents you will find it has petroleum jelly and “fragrance”, among other hard to pronounce ingredients. …if you cant pronounce it you dont want it in or on your self. …so thanks but no thanks! Specially when its so easy to make your own vapor rub at home. You’ll find this simple recipe below 😉
3) Herbal Tea (chamomile worked well) with a touch of honey, fresh sqzd lemon juice, a small slice of fresh ginger and fresh mint leaves from the garden. I placed it in her bottle and she sipped it, enjoyed it and helped soothe her irritated little throat
Easy to DIY Remedy: Baby Cold HomeMade Vapor Rub
Not only is it easy to make your own vapor rub, but very cost effective. The essential oil is an investment up front, but it only takes 5-7 drops to make a batch of vapor rub. Darrol was sick for 4 days, and I barely put a dent in the batch that I made for him. You can also use this mixture for grown up colds!
Ingredients and Supplies
~ 2 tablespoons coconut oil or olive oil
~ 5-7 drops eucalyptus oil
~ small, clean glass container – I used an empty baby food jar
1. Combine the oils in your container, screw on the lid, and give it a good shake.
2. Dip your finger into the vapor rub and massage onto your baby’s chest and back when he needs a little relief.
Never put straight essential oil on your baby’s skin. Always best if diluted in water or a carrier oil.(coconut oil, grapeseed oil, olive oil)
There are other essential oils that work well for congestion: peppermint, lavender, and rosemary are some to try.
Lavender is also a good oil to use if the baby has a fever.
Chamomile Tea is safe for babies