I don’t know if it’s school, nursery or some particularly nasty germs this year, but it feels like my children have had constant colds this winter. After weeks of misery, I’ve got a number of tips and tricks to share with you about how to comfort them best and how to stop the germs spreading where you can. Like many parents, I use Vicks to help my eldest. Vicks have asked me to share my #VicksTricks to help when your children have coughs and colds.
#VicksTricks during the daytime
- Keep them hydrated: Like adults, children may well be thirstier than usual, and certainly need to keep their fluids up. Warm, fruit-based squash can really soothe a sore throat. Babies may well want to feed much more too.
- Let them sleep: Over half of parents surveyed by Vicks said that rest was the most important thing for making their child feel better. I definitely agree. Extra naps, duvets and blankets on the sofa and lots of peace and quiet are called for.
- Keep them warm: Poor Samuel has frequently had to go out on the school run to pick up Ben this winter. I’ve tried to keep him wrapped up as well as possible, especially with a toasty hat and blanket.
- Keep them entertained: Stories, CBeebies and films are essentials in my house when someone is ill. Vicks sent us a copy of ‘The rabbit who wants to fall asleep’ as part of a #VicksTricks care package. Samuel wouldn’t listen to the story but loved the pictures.
- Distract them: Interestingly, Family Psychologist Corinne Sweet from Vicks says that “listening to a story or watching a film is a good idea, as it is soothing and promotes laughter (an immune booster).” Samuel really enjoyed playing with the finger puppets which Vicks sent us, and Ben loved the magic trick in this video.
- Keep them comfortable: Find a soft cloth to wipe their little noses. Babies in particular hate having their noses wiped, so use any distractions you can. You can also use saline nasal drops to loosen any dried mucus.
- Keep them isolated if you can: As much as possible, keep your baby away from other babies. You might want to socialise, but you don’t want your baby to pick up something else as well as his cold. You also don’t want to risk elderly or vulnerable people getting infected.
- Use Vicks VapoRub: Using VapoRub really does help, especially if your child has a cough. We use it during the day and at night for Ben.
- Use paracetamol or ibuprofen: If I have a cold, I know it makes a massive difference to take paracetamol. Apparently only 40% of parents rely on medicine when their child has a cold. I’m definitely in that 40%.
#VicksTricks at night
- Raise them up to sleep: For babies, place books or something similar under the feet of the cot to help raise his head. You could also place a folded towel beneath his mattress to raise his head, or give an older child an extra pillow.
- Use a Vapouriser.
- Use Vicks VapourRub. This is also really effective if you put it on the soles of their feet when they have a cough.
- Be prepared for a broken night. We have a tray that we put on the landing with medicine, tissues, water and anything else which might help us out.
- Keep the coffee topped up!
Look after yourself
You know what it’s like: you’re tired, trying to look after ill children and then your immunity dips. The last thing you want is for you to become ill. As part of the package, Vicks sent a sample of Vicks First Defence Nasal Spray. I have to say, I was skeptical: I know there’s no cure for the common cold. But then I had a sore throat. I gave the spray a go, took two paracetamol before bed, and woke up absolutely fine the following morning. So I’m now convinced that it works!
Hopefully, your children haven’t been hit too badly by coughs and colds this winter. I, for one, am definitely looking forward to Spring.
This post is an entry of the #VicksTricks campaign.