9 Safe Alternatives for Treating Children’s Cold Symptoms
Comfort and TLC
How to administer: When caring for a sick baby, put extra effort into comforting your child and making her feel cared for and loved. Experts agree that positive parental attention distracts a child from the aggravation of a stuffy nose or congested chest. Creating a peaceful atmosphere also helps your baby to relax and rest. “I always tell parents that their time and attention are very important in caring and comforting their child who has a cold,” explains Dr. Bernstein.
Try cuddling in bed and reading stories together until your child drifts off to sleep. Temporarily move your baby’s crib into your bedroom so you are within arm’s reach when coughing wakens your little one during the night. Relax the TV rules a bit with your toddler and snuggle on the couch watching a movie or favorite show. These are all simple tactics, but a little comfort and TLC go a long way in helping your child feel well again.
Keep in mind: If job duties make it difficult for you to stay home from work several days in a row to care for your child, alternate days off from work with your partner. Grandmothers seem genetically wired to care for sick babies, but before you let grandma (or grandpa) come over to nurse your child back to health, experts recommend you make sure older caregivers have had an annual flu shot.
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