No mother enjoys seeing her baby suffering from a miserable cold, particularly when a blocked, congested nose adds to their misery. But thanks to Karvol and a few simple steps, you can help ease your baby’s discomfort if sickness hits this winter.
Tips to decongest your baby:
Breastmilk to the rescue
Breastmilk contains amazing immune boosting properties, as well as leucocytes that fight germs and inhibit bacterial growth. Your antibodies are also passed through breastmilk, giving your baby disease-specific immunity. A drop or two of breastmilk in the nose can even help ease congestion by loosening the mucus in the nasal passages.
The ingredients in Karvol’s Decongestant Capsules and Chest Rub work fast to help your baby breathe more freely. From three months of age, simply put a few drops on a tissue, on your baby’s bedding or in the humidifier and let your baby inhale the vapours. And for babies from six months, you can use the chest rub too.
Suck it out
Sometimes that bunged up nose needs a little extra help getting clean – there are many handy mucus sucking devices on the market these days. They are completely safe to use and very easy too. And if you’re having shivers just thinking about it, don’t stress – the mucus doesn’t come anywhere near your mouth. Remember to clean and sterilise the pipe well after use.
Use a humidifier
Keeping the mucus in the nasal passages thin and moving is vital to eliminate an environment in which germs can grow. Keeping a warm-mist humidifier going at night will keep the air and airways moist and less prone to infection. And if baby’s over thee months, pop a few drops of a Karvol Decongestant Capsule in there.
Tips to decongest your toddler:
Huff, puff and blow that nose
Make a game of teaching your toddler to really blow his nose free of the mucus blocking things up. Also teach her to sneeze or cough into
a tissue and then throw it away immediately – it minimises the chance that she’ll spread those germs around the house.
Open things up
Once your toddler is over the two-year mark, you can use Karvol’s Room Spray to help clear those nasal passages out. Simply spray two squirts into a closed room and let her breathe in the vapours. If she’s younger, use the Decongestant Capsules or Chest Rub to provide fast relief.
Try a supplement
If your child is not getting a varied diet – and many toddlers don’t – consider a multivitamin or immune boosting supplement. Talk to your doctor or clinic nurse first, but there a number of different kinds that boast a health and immune boost.
Avoid over the counter cold and flu meds
Medications that offer combined relief for colds and flu really shouldn’t be given to toddlers and young children, especially not babies and toddlers. Rather stick to topical decongestants and sprays to treat the symptoms of a cold.