As a parent, you have enough on your plate. Don’t make yourself any more frazzled by trying to remember the essentials for keeping your children healthy during cold and flu season. Here’s our list of 10 must-have items in 2022 for kids when they’re sick.
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Nosefrida Nasal Aspirator is a baby nasal aspirator. Pretty disgusting thought – but a total godsend. It is a suction device that helps to remove mucus from a baby’s nose. You can get a manual suction device which you have to physically suck (it’s a long tube with a filter so you’re not actually sucking the bogies out yourself – FYI). It is reusable and hygienic. If you have little kids, this should be in your medicine cabinet and on hand during cold and flu season!
Calpol Vapour Plug is a fantastic product for helping kids breathe easier during a cold and sleep better when they’re congested during cold and flu season. It contains lavender and chamomile and you can simply buy refills when you are all out – instead of re-buying the entire plug. I must say, it does come with a blue ‘night light’ when plugged in which can be slightly annoying but we just cover it up and it works fine!
A humidifier is a great way to bring moisture back into the air. Many people think that warm air has more moisture than cold air, but that’s not true! The heat of your body creates humidity when it’s cold outside and you dry out easily. A humidifier can help keep your child comfortable during cold winter months and throughout flu season by adding an extra layer of protection against germs and viruses.
So many of them are quite bulky and offensive to the eye. We have this one from Fridababy which can double as a night light if needed.
This all-natural chest rub is another essential for your child to have during flu season. It’s important to choose a rub that has only natural ingredients, no parabens or artificial colors, flavors or fragrances.
This chest rub gently comforts and soothes coughs, sniffles and other minor ailments with pure natural goodness. Maty’s baby vapour rub is made with simple ingredients and is completely menthol and petroleum free. Maty’s makes natural and organic whole food health alternatives for the entire family.
The Kinsa Smart Thermometer is a smart thermometer that connects to your phone. The app is easy to use – but for any. non-tech savvy folk it works fine as a thermometer without the app too. You can create profiles on the app for your children so you can keep track of their temperature readings over time and get medicine dosage reminders.
The app also uses your age, fever and symptoms to help you understand how to feel better faster, when to take meds and whether or not it’s necessary to call the doctor—all at the tap of a button!
The Kinsa Smart Thermometer even has child-friendly modes that can distract or calm kids who resist having their temperature checked which is so useful.
Giving your child medicine can go one of two ways; either your child absolutely loves it and cries because they want more. Or they absolutely detest the idea of having medicine and fight you to the death if you even dare to go near them with any medicine. The Munchkin Medicator is a device that allows you to administer medicine to your child without the need for a liquid syringe. So many babies and young children absolutely hate the medicine syringes that come with medicines these days. They’re quite big for little mouths. These are even great for toddlers if they haven’t used them before, a new way of administering medicine often works well.
The Munchkin Medicator works a bit more like a teat or a dummy, you put the medicine inside and the baby is in control of sucking it out and swallowing it. Minimising babies spitting the medicine out and giving you a clearer idea of how much they have actually had.
It features an easy-to-use design that makes it simple for you to administer medicine quickly, with no mess left behind and a happier bub! A must for cold and flu season.
Snufflebabe Vapour Bath Bubbles are a must-have for flu season. The vapours in the bubbles help to unblock your sinuses, making it easier to breathe through your nose! This is especially important if you or your child have any nasal congestion. The vapours also help to relax sore muscles, which can come from being sick or from having an illness that keeps you up at night for weeks on end.
Snufflebabe Vapour Bath Bubbles are dermatologically approved and suitable for babies over 3 months.
So gentle on little ones’ sensitive skin and contain no chemicals that could harm them; they’re just made with natural ingredients like a blend of Eucalyptus Oil, Camphor, Thymol and Menthol. It’s very mind and does not create that menthol tingly feeling that traumatises babies and toddlers.
Boogie Wipes are a saline solution wipe that’s safe and effective for cleaning up your child’s nose. They’re alcohol free, so they won’t sting and they’re made from natural ingredients.
They contain vitamin E, aloe and chamomile to soothe and moisturise the nose and avoid it getting dry, red and sore.
A really great thing to have in your changing bag for everyday, and in the medicine cabinet for cold and flu season.
FridaBaby Vapor Bath Drops are an excellent remedy for treating congestion, coughing and mucus congestion – ideal for flu season. The fragrance of the product is very mild, so not too overbearing for little noses.
I put a few drops into our humidifier and turn it on high for 30 minutes when they have colds. The oils allow them to breathe better by opening up their airways so they can get more oxygen into their lungs which helps reduce symptoms such as fever, coughing, congestion etc.
You can also add a few drops to baby’s bath to soothe and calm them when they are feeling under the weather, and to help them breathe when congested.
Sore throats are a common symptom during cold and flu season. These lollipops are an easy alternative that can be used by kids ages 3+. These lollipops are made with natural honey and contain no artificial preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, or gluten so are a great option for soothing kids’ throats.
Taking care of kids is hard, but taking care of sick kids is even harder…
If you’re a parent, I know this is not news to you. There is always something going around with kids. It can be exhausting trying to keep up with all the needs of your child when they’re sick! But remember: it will pass, and before long your little one will be back to her old self again. In the meantime, these ten essentials will help keep your family safe and healthy during flu season.