It’s never fun waking up at 2am to the sound of your little one coughing. But it’s even less fun when you aren’t prepared for this to happen. Just for this reason, I always like to stock up before the cold season with all of the essentials I will need. Here are 8 essentials items you should have on hand to help with the fun of cold season.
Graco Nasal Aspirator – This is a must if your child isn’t old enough to blow their nose on their own yet. It sucks the boogies away! Plus, it has some distracting music you can play to distract your child for a minute while you do the job. My 2 year old will even use the aspirator to suck out his own nose now when he’s sick. He thinks its fun! Your local Walgreen’s should have these in stock.
Kids Relief Cough and Cold – This has been a staple in my household the last couple of years. Safe for ages 2 and up without any of the “bad” stuff most other over the counter medicines contain. Find it at Hy-Vee or Vitamin Shoppe.
Humidifier – Living in Iowa, or anywhere around the Midwest a humidifier in winter is a must have. Personally, I run a whole house humidifier all winter long, but when the kids are sick I use either a Crane cool mist humidifier or a Vicks vaporizer in their room. Target sells a few of the Crane Animal Humidifiers, but check out Amazon for complete selection of Animals to choose from.
Little Remedies Honey Pops – Yes, you could give your child (if older than 2) a ½ teaspoon of honey, but if your kids are like mine they don’t like honey. I don’t think it tastes so bad, but anyways, Little Remedies Honey Pops give you an option that kids can’t say no to… lollipops. In this case, honey in the form of lollipops. These are great for coughs and sore throats. I buy mine at Babies R Us.
Boogie Wipes – Sure, they may be more expensive than Kleenex, but they are also a lot easier on your child’s nose. Nothing fancy, just wipes with saline. Available at Target and Walgreens. If you don’t want to spend the extra money for these at least invest in some Puffs plus with Lotion to help keep those little noses from getting sore.
Saline Spray/Drops – Lots of brands out there to buy. I usually just buy the Target brand because it’s cheaper. It helps moisturize and remove mucus to clean nasal passages. Great for stuffy noses!
Vicks Baby Rub – A non-medicated rub formula that contains soothing aloe vera and fragrances of eucalyptus, rosemary, and lavender. Rub on your child’s chest, throat and feet (cover feet with socks) to help with cough and stuffy nose. Generic brands also available, rub can be found at Walgreens, Target, Walmart.
Acetaminophen/Ibuprofen – As “natural” as I try to be, there is no getting around it……. Sometimes the best thing for a fever is Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen. Target, Walmart and Walgreens all have their own brand which can be bought for much cheaper than the name brands.