1. Vapour rubs
Vapour rubs also known as aromatic chest rubs can help relieve cold and flu symptoms and blocked noses. They generally contain some natural ingredients, such as camphor, menthol and eucalyptus, which can help relieve congestion. Just remember to check the suitability of the product according to your child’s age.
2. Nurofen for Children
Nurofen for Children suspensions are suitable for children over 3 months and can effectively relieve four signs of cold and flu in children, including fever, headache, body aches and sore throats. Nurofen for Children gets to work on fever from just 15 minutes^ and reduces fever for up to 8 hours*. Its handy syringe makes it easy to administer, and it’s available in a pleasant-tasting orange- or strawberry-flavoured formula. For older children, Nurofen for Children is also available as soft chewable capsules suitable for children over 7 years old.
3. Emollient cream
Colds in particular mean lots of nose-wiping, and it doesn’t take long for the skin on little noses to become red and sore. Wiping a child’s irritated nose adds additional misery to life with a cold. Getting in early with regular applications of a barrier cream can help soothe and protect little noses.
Tissues are essential during cold and flu season. In particular, look out for extra-soft tissues such as those coated with aloe vera – it’s ideal for use around the sensitive nose area. Arm yourself with boxes of tissues around the house – in bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas, and don’t forget travel packs for the car and your handbag.
5. Saline nasal spray
Many children struggle to blow their noses at the best of times, but a blocked nose makes the task extra tricky. Saline (salt water) nasal drops or sprays can help unblock a baby or toddler’s nose, giving them temporary relief from this annoying cold and flu symptom. If your baby has a blocked nose, using a few drops of saline just before a feed may help clear the nose and make feeding easier. Be mindful though of using it too often, as the skin around your baby’s nose may become a little sore. Always choose saline drops or sprays that have been specially formulated for babies and young children.
Also worth considering
For children 12 months and older, a teaspoon of honey is a simple remedy that can help soothe your child’s throat and cough. Throat lozenges are also an option for soothing a sore throat and are suitable for children over the age of 6.
So there you have it. While there’s no stopping the arrival of the winter cold and flu season, at least this year you’ll be prepared! As always, be sure to speak to you doctor if you are unsure or worried about your child’s symptoms.
^Pelen et al 1998. *Autret-Leca et al 2007.