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 Post subject: Kids and colds
PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:24 am 
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So Ada has her first cold since she stopped nursing and I'm just not sure if I'm doing everything I can for her. She's drinking lots of water and she sits in a steamy bathroom. Are there supplements or tea that would be good for her? Should I put something like eucalyptus in the humidifier? Should I even be using a humidifier? Anything else that you guys do for your sick kiddies?


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 Post subject: Re: Kids and colds
PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:32 am 
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We use a cool mist humidifier when the kids are sick. We can't add anything to ours and I wouldn't want to. I just make sure the kids drink a lot of water and get some rest. There isn't really much you can do for an average cold. Be prepared for it to last more then a week though...maybe even two.

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 Post subject: Re: Kids and colds
PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:56 pm 
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If she'll let you suck out the snot, that would probably be helpful in the short term. Humidifiers are good. Some kind of oil or diaper cream around the nose if she's raw and we stick to cloth diaper wipes for noses to help with the rawness. There are good numbing sprays if her throat hurts. But there's not really anything you can do to shorten colds. Zinc gluconate has been shown to help shorten adults' colds, but I don't know if it's safe or effective to give kids, so I wouldn't.


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 Post subject: Re: Kids and colds
PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:07 pm 
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Its not a good idea to put EOs into the water in the humidifier, because it can gum up your machine. We put eucalyptus on a cotton ball by the steam outlets and that works really well.

We do Thieves Oil on the soles of her feet and eucalyptus in the cool mist humidifier and on her back. And when the snot is really bad, then sleeping with her head raised so it all keeps draining out.

I hope you all feel better soon and that the cold moves through quickly!

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 Post subject: Re: Kids and colds
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:47 am 
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Sometimes I buy those Boogie Wipes because they really do help-they keep noses from getting raw, and really help get snot off the face without too much rubbing. They even work on dried snot.

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 Post subject: Re: Kids and colds
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:53 am 
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I've alway's wondered about Boogie Wipes! Thank Kiddo...i might get some to help with the upcoming back to school cold season.

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 Post subject: Re: Kids and colds
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Oh I just saw those Boogie Wipes in the store. It would probably be much better to have those on hand while out since we've been using cloth wipes at home.


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 Post subject: Re: Kids and colds
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 7:54 pm 
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benadryl. it is very helpful for speeding healing because it dries them up long enough to sleep well AND makes them drowsy... sleeping for a long time because they can breathe generally means they get better faster. it's not something i give for days in a row, but it really helps on the worst nights.


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We just tried those boogie wipes for the first time because Silas caught a cold his first week of school. They really do help! Saved his nose from being sore and made him cooperate with nose blowing easier.

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 Post subject: Re: Kids and colds
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:23 pm 
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I just bought boogie wipes today. I wish they were unscented though. I hope they really help with the dried on snot. That is the worst.


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 Post subject: Re: Kids and colds
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:50 pm 
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Oh, I am pretty sure I have bought an unscented one before, Butternut. That's strange! I think our Walgreens usually has both grape and unscented.

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I think ours are unscented. At least I didn't notice any type of scent to them.

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 Post subject: Re: Kids and colds
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:58 pm 
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Oh, I just looked it up and they do make unscented. I guess they just don't have it at my drugstore. Boo!


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