*A collaborative post
With my three year old starting pre-school in September, the last couple of months have seen us warding off the cold and flu bugs. Little ones unknowingly love to share their germs with each other and before you know it, everyone in the house has a cold and is reaching for the tissues.
As Parents, it’s really hard when little ones are poorly as they just don’t understand what’s wrong and although a cold is a simple viral infection, the symptoms of a cold can hit little ones hard.
Last month, I shared with you some tips on how I look after Olly when he’s not well with a cold. We have always used Olbas for Children, as it’s a great product to use and smells really comforting. It’s gentle but very effective at decongesting little ones (and adults too!)
Working with Olbas for Children, Dr Roger Henderson has offered his top tops for parents when looking after children with a cold.
1) Let them rest – any parent will know it’s easier said than done, but allowing children to rest will really help them recover faster.
2) Use a decongestant, such as Olbas for Children, to help reduce the nasty catarrh of a cold and help them breathe more easily. Just place a drop or two on a tissue and pop it out of reach and the room will fill with the unique warming decongesting vapours.
3) Keep offering them fluids, little and often. Children can get dehydrated really quickly so it’s important to keep them drinking. Dr Henderson advises to keep an eye out for possible dehydration signs including passing very dark urine, dry lips and a lack of tears when crying.
4) Give liquid ibuprofen or paracetamol to little ones if they have a temperature or are complaining of aches and pains. Ensure you give the right dosage and ask a GP or a Pharmacist if you’re not sure.
5) Know when to call the GP – if their temperature doesn’t reduce after offering liquid ibuprofen or paracetamol or they seem unusually lethargic, won’t eat or drink anything and become short of breath, seek medical advice.
If your little ones are suffering this winter, using Olbas for Children will help them sleep and we all know what children are like if they don’t sleep very well. I hope these tips from Dr Henderson help and your children don’t get too poorly this winter.