We’ve had a really rough week this week. My daughter was in the ER 5 days ago for a stomach virus. It took about 4 days for her to get completely well, then it was a domino effect, I got sick, then the hubby, and now both her and the baby have come down with a cold, cough and a lot of chest and nasal congestion.
When they are this age (20 months and 6 months) medicine is not recommended so we are left with natural alternatives to help relieve their symptoms and sleep better. One thing we have used for the girls is Saline Nasal Drops. Saline is natural and it’s was what I used when I was pregnant with the girls and came down with a cold. Saline drops work by clearing the nasal passages and moistens them so that the congestion is loosened up and can be easily cleared.
You can buy nasal drops or you can make your own. We make our own.
To make your own, follow these steps:
1. Mix 1/4 tsp salt and 1 cup of boiled water that has cooled.
2. Use a liquid dropper and fill a few ml with the saline mixture.
3. Drop a few drops in each child’s nostril.
4. After a few minutes, use a bulb syringe to clear nostrils.
There is no medication in this so you can’t overdose and there are no side-effects.