5 tips for caring for little ones with colds


*A collaborative post

It’s that time of year when colds and blocked noses are rife. It’s always rubbish as an adult when you get a cold but for little ones who don’t understand why they’re feeling poorly, it’s particularly stressful for everyone.

Olly baby

Olly got his first ever cold at a very young age. He was only four months old and it was horrible to see my poor little baby really under the weather. The most annoying part of it all was that he was so bunged up he couldn’t breathe properly through his nose which in turn made sleeping non-existent. I think we were all pretty miserable for the week he had that cold.

Over the last three years I’ve had my fair share of experiences with colds. Olly picks a cold up so easily that when it’s going around he’s bound to catch it, suffer from it, pass it on to us and then catch it all over again. It’s like a never ending vicious circle but over time, we’ve managed to pick up some hints and tips on how to care for him when he has a cold.

Mama Shilts top tips


  1. Keep their fluids up – children need to drink plenty of water to keep them hydrated when they’ve got a cold as it’s so easy for them to not drink. Encourage them to drink little and often.
  2. Use Olbas for Children – the best decongestant for children (and can be used for babies aged 3 months plus) made with a combination of essential oils (eucalyptus, mint, clove, juniperberry and cajuput) the gentle formation will help children breathe more easily and will help them sleep. Place a couple of drops on a tissue (placed out of reach) in their room and the decongesting vapours will work their magic.
  3. Give out lots of hugs – when children are poorly or feeling under the weather, give them plenty of hugs and attention. It’ll give them comfort and all kids love a good Mummy or Daddy hug.
  4. Encourage them to rest – the best medicine for a poorly little one is to get them to rest. I know that is far easier said than done but encourage them to cuddle up, pop on their favourite film or television programme and let them relax. I find it’s much easier to get Olly to watch a film when he’s feeling poorly so usually pop on his favourite movie and enjoy the extra snuggles.
  5. Keep an eye on their temperature – it’s important for them to stay warm but the cold may give them a fever (raised temperature) keep them warm but don’t let them overheat.

We’re just getting over Olly’s first cold from pre-school. He was permanently attached to a tissue for the first few days, his little nose was so sore but having the Olbas for Children in the house really helped us. I hope your little ones don’t suffer too badly this winter!

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  • Reply Plutonium Sox 03/11/2016 at 6:03 pm

    Ooh some great tips, I didn’t know you could use olbas oil from so young, I might have to get some because my girls are both suffering at the moment.

  • Reply Lisa 17/11/2016 at 5:19 pm

    My daughter has a cold and an awful cough at the moment. The whole house is a combinations of Olbas Oil and Vicks!

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