13 ways to soothe a sick toddler’s cold

13 ways to soothe a sick toddler’s cold. Lil’ Duck and I have been sick lately, so here are 13 things that help him to feel better!

  1. Baby Vapo-rub – he likes to help rub it on his neck and chest, it helps him breathe easier too.
  2. Warm apple juice with a little lemon and honey – he’s too young for herbal tea yet, but this helps him feel a little better and he thinks he’s getting a special treat ;).
  3. Cool washcloths on his forehead if he is feverish – he also likes to suck on them and rub them on himself.
  4. Popsicles! Not necessarily the healthiest thing but it cheers him up and gets some liquid into him. You could make homemade ones with 100% juice, we buy the Dole juice bars with the fruit chunks.
  5. Chicken noodle soup – the chunky kind with the penne or the spiral noodles is easy to feed to him.
  6. Children’s Tylenol Cold – a fever reducer, anti-histamine and decongestant – helps him sleep at night.
  7. A warm heating pad on my chest with a blanket on top, then him lying face-down on my chest – gives him the benefit of the heating pad without exposing him to too much heat (also helps my chest too ;)). Only use this if they don’t have a fever, of course, and make sure it’s set on low heat.
  8. Lots of books, music, and new TV shows/movies – he enjoys the Animal Channel, the Backyardigans music, and all of his books. This keeps him entertained but relatively quiet and resting.
  9. Warm baths with Johnson’s Vapobath – I love it too. I like to run the shower on hot before he gets in there to create some extra steam, keeping the door shut and the air off to lock in the humidity.
  10. Warm showers with Mommy and a few drops of eucalyptus oil in the air (I just put it on a cotton ball or kleenex and put it up high where he can’t get it) – similar to the vapobath idea, only he prefers showers and it helps unstuff him in the morning.
  11. Sprite – not so healthy again, but he loves to steal “sips” of mine out of a straw and thinks it’s a special treat. It also helps keep him hydrated and soothes his tummy.
  12. Smoothies – even when he refuses regular food, he’ll usually drink a smoothie. It’s one of the few ways to get fruit into him, and helps cool him down if he’s feverish.
  13. Cuddles – lots of cuddles in a nice, warm bed, helps him feel better every time!

70 Responses to 13 ways to soothe a sick toddler’s cold

  1. Graig Salkeld April 26, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    Fun web site I will be back from time to time. Well done!

  2. Rosa September 22, 2007 at 5:54 pm #

    My son loves the homemade popsicals and the warm showers. it makes him feel so much better.

  3. kristarella August 25, 2006 at 2:31 am #

    Mmm, smoothies, haven’t had one of those for a while. Probably because I like banana and we haven’t had any around.

    Hope you’re feeling better soon!

  4. jennfactor August 25, 2006 at 12:24 am #

    My son LOOOVES the vapo-patches in the cherry menthol scent–less mess! Lil duck may still be too little for them, though. My mom always crushed popsicles up and poured seven-up over them when we were sick. That was the best treat ever.

  5. Samantha August 25, 2006 at 12:15 am #

    All very good ideas! You sound like a wonderful mom, lil duck is a very lucky little boy :) But, on the other hand, you also sound like a very lucky mommy! I hope you both feel better soon :)

  6. Raggedy August 24, 2006 at 10:57 pm #

    I hope you are both feeling better soon.
    You are a wonderful Mom…
    Great ideas for feeling better.
    Great TT
    My TT is up
    Have a wonderful Thursday!

  7. presentstorm August 24, 2006 at 10:42 pm #

    Bless his heart.. I hope the poor little ducky gets to feeling better soon. :(

  8. Kailani August 24, 2006 at 10:41 pm #

    I don’t know why but popsicles always makes me feel better, too.

  9. NOLADawn August 24, 2006 at 10:10 pm #

    Hope you BOTH feel better soon. I can always count on you for great advice and I have three kids!!

  10. Meredith August 24, 2006 at 9:44 pm #

    Hope he gets to feeling better soon! Sick kiddos aren’t fun at all!

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