Cold and Flu Season Toddler Survival Guide

coldseasonThe leaves are falling, the pumpkins are out, and soon enough you WILL be faced with a sick kiddo. Toddler age can be especially difficult when they are sick because of the limitations with cold medicine and cough drops (and you know, the usual toddler stuff) but there are a few items that can help make this cold and flu season slightly more tolerable for everyone.

First, let's talk prevention. Full disclosure, I'm a flu shot fan. We all get one as soon as possible and I am a big advocate. The flu scares me big time, and I am grateful we can get something to help maybe prevent it. Now let's talk other types of prevention.

Untitled design(8)The Honest Company has a natural preventative approach with their Kid's Immunity Boost, a premium botanical blend featuring Black Elderberry, Arabinogalactan & other natural extracts known to be effective at warding off the seasonal ickies. The powder is slightly sweet and lightly flavored to make it easy to sneak into your kid's favorite food (yogurt works best for us, or smoothies and you can also add it to juice). It's made with all natural ingredients that are known to help maintain and support healthy immune function. You know what they say, an ounce of prevention... (ps you can find it at Target, I'm also a fan of these from Zarbee's).

Untitled design(9)Now on to Boogie Wipes, YAY FOR BOOGIE WIPES! Before you scoff at these and say they are glorified tissues and who needs them anyway I have loads of baby wipes lying around, TRUST ME, these will change your life. First, they are scented. Which we all know makes a world of difference in toddler land. Wipe my nose with a plain old baby wipe? OR A TISSUE?! No way, says my three year old. But hand him a grape wipe and he's all over it. Plus the sterile saline in the wipes help actually dissolve those horrible crusty nose issues. You know what I'm talking about here. THE CRUST. They come in unscented and "fresh" too, not just grape (and they make a pretty great saline mist too).

Untitled design(10)Next, the Lilapops. I talked about these last year and will continue to sing their praises and will continue to wonder WHY DID I NOT THINK OF COUGH DROPS ON A STICK?!?! Anyway, these are made with honey (so not appropriate for babies of course, not that we would give a baby a lollipop, but you know, just saying) which according to a new study by a Penn State College of Medicine may offer parents an effective and safe alternative to cough medicine. The study found that a small dose of buckwheat honey given before bedtime provided better relief of nighttime cough and sleep difficulty in children than no treatment or dextromethorphan (DM), a cough suppressant found in many over-the-counter cold medications (which are no longer recommended for kids under 6 anyway). These lollipops have no artificial flavors. dyes. or preservatives and hello, they are lollipops! My kids love these.

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May I also suggest a super cute humidifier to put in their rooms? I love adding a few drops of essential oil (eucalyptus is great for colds and coughs) for an added boost too.