I was armed and ready to make my little girl better and thankfully it came and went in four days. For those interested in natural remedies these are what worked for us.
Imani uses the shower mostly but until her cough/cold went I gave her a bath every morning instead (and for a bit longer than normal for more of a relaxing soak). She loves the water and was happy to kick about in the bath whilst the warm water helped to loosen the mucus on her chest.
2) Sinus Massage:
During nappy changes (something we take our time with when at home and use it as bonding time as well as incorporating cuddles and play etc) I added in a quick massage around her nasal passage to help soften and move mucus. It only takes 5 minutes and helps to provide some relief.
Breathing in moist air helps to loosen mucus. Imani comes with me into the bathroom in her bouncer whilst I shower anyway. Instead of containing the steam in the shower, I opened the shower door for it to escape into the bathroom #EveryLittleHelps
4) Humidifier & Aromatherapy
During the day I added 1 single drop of Lavender oil to the water in my humidifier. It doesn’t sound like much but it’s more than enough. Alternatively if you don’t have a humidifier, a drop of oil to a warm radiator has a similar effect.
At night I’d do the same with our humidifier upstairs or on myself, as we co-sleep we’re close enough for the Lavender on me to be of benefit to her and aid relaxation.
5) Nasal Aspirator:
You can of course go with the old fashioned route of the DIY approach i.e put your mouth over your babies nose and suck the snot out yourself! Urgh… you say in disgust…I didn’t have to try this as the nasal aspirator I purchased a while back did the job but I would have gone ‘Old School’ had I needed too. It’s not so ‘urgh’ when a) It’s your child and b) it puts them out of discomfort!
I found it most beneficial to use before a feed if she was particularly blocked up which enabled her to feed comfortably without having to keep pulling off for air. Then, and if needed, I’d use it just before bed to give her a better, less interrupted night sleep (and me!) If you’re gonna use a nasal aspirator use it sparingly to avoid irritating the lining of the nose.
Yes that’s right! Breastmilk has so many beneficial uses other than it primary use as a nutritionally rich, everything you need, food source for your baby. It contains antimicrobial properties that can help to loosen congestion. If you’re breastfeeding, you’ve got your very own natural saline solution alternative on tap and this worked amazingly for us. I hand expressed a very small amount and used it in the same way you’d use a saline solution (one or two drops in each nostril using a dropper) Breastmilk is amazing and can be used for so much more than a lot of people realise.
It goes without saying, at times like these skin to skin contact and lots of love goes a long way in healing and comforting your baby. We spent a lot of time cuddling through her cold which is amazing for both of us!