Monday, October 10, 2011

Runny Noses, Aches and Sore Throats... Oh My!

So, I've been absent from my blog, but I have a good excuse.  Allergies, colds, tummy virus and ear infections.  When it rains, it pours sometimes.  Right now, my two little ones and I have ear infections.  So, our ears ache, we're congested, our throats are sore and we feel like poo.  Yep, I think that about sums it up.  It's interesting, but there's no care taker for a sick momma.  Sigh.  If you're a sick momma, you simply have to plow through the discomfort, suck it up and continue to take care of your little ones.  It's funny, but my toddler was trying to rub my head earlier.  Bless his heart, but he knew that his momma's sinuses were aching.

I was reading a blog posting from another cloth-diapering-stay-at-home-work-at-home-mommy-blogger earlier today and her little ones are suffering from the sniffles and coughs, too.  I thought I'd share some of her more natural approaches for colds and throw some of mine in the mix as well.

Courtesy of Momma Tara and her blog Fluffy Bums:
  • The Coughs: Coughs can be not only uncomfortable, but can keep your little ones up all night. If you child is over 2-years old, try a teaspoon full of honey before bed.  The honey will act as a natural cough suppressant and can help you get through the night.  Another great option is Hyland's Cough and Cold 4 Kids.  This product is recommended by Dr. Sears and will help with multiple cold symptoms including coughs.
  • The Sniffles: One of my favorite products for the sniffles is a humidifier. Keeping the air moist can really help relieve the stuffy noses.  I love my Crane Humidifier.  It is not only functional but adorable.  Hyland's also makes a great product called Sniffles and Sneezes 4 Kids that works great in conjunction with the humidifier.
I also have some natural remedies that I would like to share with you mommas as well!  I love how Momma Tara mentions using a humidifier.  I also love my humidifier and if you don't have one yet, run out and get one today!  When we start running the heat this autumn and winter, the air in our homes becomes extremely dry.  The dryness can actually cause your nasal passages to over produce mucus which can lead to uncomfortable and irritating congestion.  So, I definitely recommend using a humidifier as well as using a saline nasal spray.  Any brand of saline nasal spray will do.  You might also look into trying a Neti Pot.  For your little ones who can't efficiently blow their noses or who are too young for a Neti Pot, use a saline spray and the ever dreaded nasal aspirator.  My toddler is great about me using the nasal aspirator on his nose.  My youngest little one absolutely dreads it.  However, the nasal aspirator along with saline will do wonders for congestion for your little ones.  I also adore Boogie Wipes and Saline Soothers during cold and flu season.  I recently reviewed both of these products and they have high marks in my books.  These saline wipes are way better then tissue and won't irritate the delicate skin around your nose.

Here's a home remedy that I have yet to try, but trust me, I will be making them very soon!  The blogger over at the The Pistachio Project recently featured homemade cough drops and lollipop cough drops.  Check out the posting along with recipe here.  If you try them sometime soon, let me know how they turned out.  I think the lollipop cough drop version is simply a genius idea for toddlers.

Well, hope you're having a Happy Monday!  If your little ones or you for that matter are a little under the weather, I'm sending healing and happy thoughts your way!


Happy Blogging!
Toni The Chic Momma

(Images Used: Boy blowing nose (http://www.madeformums.com), Nasal aspirator (http://www.safety1st.com), Cough drop lollipops (http://thepistachioproject.blogspot.com).

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  2. Oooh - I LOVE the lollipop cough drop idea! Genius - I'm definitely going to have to try it!!!

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