9. Increased Fluid Intake
Give your baby plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. It is very important to keep your baby properly hydrated to promote drainage of nasal secretions and soothing of the nasal cavities. This makes it easier to cough and blow the nose.
- If your baby still breastfeeds, breastfeeding is a good option. You can also give him or her baby formula or plain milk.
- For older children, give plain child water, diluted fruit juices or gelatin-flavored water.
10. Cool-Mist Humidifier
You must use a cool-mist humidifier in your child’s bedroom to add moisture to the air. This will help loosen up the mucus to allow easy drainage. It will even reduce labored breathing, so that he or she can sleep properly.
Run a cool-mist humidifier in your child’s room overnight to help your sick baby finally get the much needed rest and recover quickly.
Never leave water sitting in the humidifier when it is not running. Also, make sure to clean and disinfect the reservoir tank of the humidifier on a regular basis to prevent bacteria from taking hold.
- Make your child blow his or her nose at regular intervals to get rid of the excess mucus.
- Always clean your child’s nose using a soft tissue to avoid skin irritation.
- Rub some petroleum jelly or olive oil under your baby’s nose to help prevent chapping and reddening of the skin.
- Do not expose your child to any potential allergy triggers and irritants, such as pet dander, dust and dust mites, chemical fumes and cigarette smoke.
- Keep your child’s head elevated a bit while he or she sleeps. However, do not use pillows. You can use a rolled t-shirt, for instance.
- Do not give fatty or hard-to-digest foods to your child.
- Keep your child’s room comfortably warm and dress him or her lightly.
- Also, try cuddling your child in a rocking chair to make him or her feel better.