Coughs are just one of those unfortunate things we all have to deal with now and then. When your baby is feeling miserable and coughing constantly, it can be stressful. And nighttime coughing fits that disrupt everyone’s sleep are definitely no fun. But there are some things you can do the ease the symptoms in baby’s 12 months and older.
This is one of the products you might not think about, but when your baby is awake at night with a cough, you’ll be glad you have it. These are perfect for small children because unlike the humidifiers I grew up with, they do not use hot steam. They are much safer around little curious fingers. Cool-mist humidifiers add moisture to dry air, alleviating a trigger for coughs. Adding a moisture balance to the air can make for a much more restful night.
Toddlers over 12 months old can take this natural dietary supplement from Little Remedies to soothe coughing symptoms. This syrup only contains three ingredients – honey, purified water and ε-polylysine, a natural antimicrobial preservative. Honey is widely known to be a natural “home remedy” cough suppressant, so grandma was right after all!
Why would your baby benefit from nasal spray for a cough? Well, when baby isn’t feeling well sometimes it’s because her nasal passages also contain irritants that can trigger coughing. By keeping the nasal cavity flushed clean of mucus and “icky” stuff that can get crusty and irritate your baby, you can ease coughing triggers. Think of it as liquefying the bad stuff! Saline also keeps your baby’s nasal passages moisturized, which helps too.
The good ol’ “sucker ball” is still the go-to baby product for helping babies who can’t blow their own noses. Most babies don’t like having their noses cleaned out with an aspirator, but they sure do enjoy the moments afterward when they can breathe easier. It’s an instant way to remove excess mucus from their stuffy nasal passages, thus easing cough irritants too. A great product to consider is Little Remedies Stuffy Nose Kit that comes with an aspirator and saline spray/drops.
Keep pumping the fluids during the day. Why? Increasing fluids will help her stay hydrated and staying hydrated can thin mucus secretions, which can then be more easily expelled. Remember, liquefying “icky” stuff is good! Plus, water feels cooling and soothing on a raw throat. If your baby drinks milk, she can continue drinking that too because the vitamins are good for a wounded immune system.
Does your baby have a cold? What should you have in her nursery to help ease symptoms? Check out our articles about colds and allergy relief.