HOLISTIC SUPPORT FOR WHEN YOUR BABY HAS A COLD.
for when your baby needs a little extra support
Baby love & I have had a little cold the past few days but we are finally starting to come out the other side.
It’s mainly been snotty noses, chesty coughs & irritability.
Which isn’t great the best of times but it’s especially no fun when baby is also teething at the same time.
So as well as lots of cuddles we are looking at other ways to help support ourselves.
Here are my seven gentle suggestions
Eucalyptus is known to help relieve congestion by reducing & thinning out the build up of mucus. This helps baby breathe through those icky snotty noses.
You can use eucalyptus oil in a diffuser or along with a carrier oil and rubbed on the bases of the feet. If you manage to get fresh eucalyptus, hang some from your shower head and run it hot with the door and window closed. After a few minutes you’ll have your own mini sauna, steaming out all the goodness of the plant for you to breathe in.
Magnesium helps to keep the immune system strong as well as aiding relaxation & better sleep.
A great way to absorb magnesium is through the skin. You can use magnesium flakes in the bath which supports relaxation. You can also get magnesium oil to rub over your skin after bathing or showering.
Use of a humidifier/diffuser
A humidifier helps to add moisture to the air which aids dry throats, runny sore noses and congested chests. It breaks up mucus which then helps you breathe better, especially at night when it’s always a little more difficult.
Using a diffuser means you can add a supportive essential oil to help relax your body and support your healing. Try lavender, rosemary or lemongrass.
Sleeping upright helps to relive congestion and inflamed sinuses by draining mucus from your throat and nose making it easier to breathe at night.
Please note to not do this every night as it can cause neck aches and other issues. Make sure you are supported correctly with plenty of pillows.
For babies you can invest in a small wedge pillow which helps to keep them upright through the night or if you don’t mind, sleep upright with baby on your chest skin to skin.
Skin to skin
Skin to skin is just as beneficial 8months on as it was in those newborn days. It helps to regulate baby’s temperature and breathing while calming any irritability. We all need a little extra loving when we aren’t feeling too good and skin to skin helps give the most comfort to babies during this time.
There’s no doubt about it - breast milk is magic! As soon as baby is unwell, the mammary gland will detect this and change the immune protective antibodies in the milk, tailoring it to be whatever the baby needs to help recover. This will support healing as well as providing comfort.
When baby is ill it’s more than likely that they will want to breastfeed a lot more than usual. These extra feeds provide crucial hydration and nourishment. Don’t forget to stay hydrated yourself and take in as much liquid as you can in both the form of water and supportive herbal teas like Nettle or ginger and lemon.
Elderberries have long been known for their flu and cold fighting benefits. They are full of antioxidants as well as being anti inflammatory. They are also high in Iron, Copper, Potassium, Vitamin C & A . All the good things your body needs to recover and feel better. Take a 3-4 teaspoons a day when you have a cold but it’s also good to note that Elderberry syrup is great as preventative care and during flu season or those winter months, take a teaspoon a day.
If you are breastfeeding, it can benefit to also include Elderberry and foods high in Vitamin C. If baby is older than a year and eating solids, you can add Elderberry syrup to food or introduce 1/2 teaspoon a day to support the immune system.