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Natural Cold Remedies for Baby’s First Cold

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A friend of mine is going through one of the toughest parts of being a new mom- when your baby is sick for the first time.

True, it’s just a cold, but “just a cold” can sometimes be the worst. There’s no medicine your child can take when she is that young and sometimes the cold can linger for weeks.

So what are your options for infant cold remedies?When Lilly had her first cold, she was right around three months old. She was super-congested and seemed, to me, really uncomfortable. She stopped nursing as much and was having trouble sleeping.

According to the nurse at my doctor’s office, the only thing I could do was prop the crib mattress up with a pillow, use a humidifier, and suck the snot out of her nose with saline drops and a suction bulb.

(When I asked about using Baby Vick’s Vapo Rub, she said that was a definite NO…something about it possibly causing respiratory illnesses in children under 2.)

None of that sounded very helpful, but I still tried it. I’m sure propping the mattress helped, just because when you’re congested, it’s easier to breathe if your head is elevated. My husband swore that the humidifier was helping, because it kept her nasal passages moist.

I, on the other hand, was under the impression that we would want to dry up her snotty, clogged nasal passages. (Still unclear about this one.)

Infant Cold Remedies

Since I wasn’t able to use my trusty standby Vick’s, I found a safer alternative: California Baby makes a whole host of products for babies with a cold or the flu. I bought the Eucalyptus Ease Bubble Bath and gave Lilly several bubble baths each day with the soothing vapors. You can buy this on Amazon or some Targets sell them (mine does), and I believe some drugstores do, too.                                         

Along the same lines is to buy some eucalyptus oil (I got some in a health food store) and to put several drops into a bowl full of boiling water and let the eucalyptus-y steam work its magic.

Natural Cold Remedies for Baby's First Cold

I liked to fill a bowl with boiling water plus the eucalyptus oil drops in Lilly’s room during her nap, so she could take in the vapors while she was resting. Again, my husband and I disagreed on this, also. He thought the scent of eucalyptus oil was too powerful, because it bothered him. I thought it smelled fine, but you can alter the number of drops you use to make the aroma stronger or weaker.

We use Simply Saline for Babies, too. Just a small squirt up the nostril and supposedly it soothes your child’s nasal passages. 

I’m not sure if any of these cold remedies actually worked, but they at least made me feel a little less helpless. It always helps to feel like you’re doing something, and making baby comfortable is really all you can do during a cold.

Until she is old enough that the doctor says those magic words, “You can give her Benadryl now.” Hallelujah!

Update: I recently tried out some Maty’s products and wanted to add one to this post:

Do you have any cold remedies that worked for your kids when they were sick?

Get more advice in Helpful Tips for When You Have Sick Kids.

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    January 26, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Matys natural chest rub works wonders 🙂

  • The Naughty Mommy
    January 27, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Thanks…I’ll have to try that!

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  • Tegan
    March 8, 2016 at 2:46 AM

    I have read and been rold rhey say NO to rhe vicks because most parents didn’t kjow NOT to put it under their babies noses which in the long run can cause more damage and inflammation to the nasal passages! I read you could use it just on back and chest? I use a rub on my son but it has eucalyptus and rosemary and one other thing I can’t recalk at his moment but I put it on his feet and massage them as I’m doing so paying special attention to the inside part of the big toe, I red somewhere thatspot is linkedoto sinuse nasal passages! Then I put socks on over his feet and his normal sleep and play to bed. I also run a humidifier at night and it was rhe opposite for my husband and myself he aaid stop running it every night to dry him up I said no we want it to come out not sit inside and cause infection! Plus doctor said I was doing everything right that I could possibly do! I think my son has bad allergies though? We also bought the nosefreda and it is amazing after that purchase we was sleeping through the night again yay!!!!!

  • katimitro
    April 3, 2016 at 8:50 PM

    oh i know ..hehehe thanks for information

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