Wednesday, October 25, 2006

A Sick Toddler (WFMW)

So with the seasons changing and the temperatures getting colder it is inevitable that your toddler will get sick this winter. If your child goes to school or daycare the likelihood is even more increased. I have discovered a few tricks that help to make both Mommy and Daddy feel better while helping your toddler feel better too.

For a stuffy nose nothing works like good old Vicks VapoRub on their chest. You can even use the VapoRub on babies (they have a special baby formula that is not as strong). When we have to use this for Nate we will give him his nightly bath with Vapor Bath and then after drying him off apply a thin coating of the VapoRub to his chest and promptly put a thin t-shirt on him. We tried the plug in Vapors but they didn't seem to work that great. For older children if you have a heated humidifier they make a liquid Vapor product to put in the water.

For fevers especially those that last for several days we alternate Ibuprofin and Tylenol (childrens formula for both) every three hours. This has been approved by the pediatrician and works great for us. We also like to give tepid baths to help break fevers. If your child is ever lethargic and has a high fever take him to the hospital immediately.

For a runny nose our medication of choice is Dimetapp. If your child also has a cough try the Dimetapp Cough and Cold. This works great for us. Another good cough medicine is Robutussin CF.

If your child doesn't like the taste of the cold medicines try mixing it with a little chocolate syrup. This is easily done and does not take away from the medicines effectiveness.

Have other tips that I missed?? Let me know in comments.

You can read more WFMW tips here!


Katrina said...

Good tips. I'm dreading my baby getting his first cold - but I'm all stocked up on VapoRub and Dimetapp!

Lady Why said...

I love that VapoRub! It's good stuff!!

The Wooden Porch said...

that's great advice!

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