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Baby: Remedies for Cold and Flu Season

Top Products for Soothing Baby During Cold and Flu Season
by Jennifer McLaughlin

Summer is over and fall is here. New seasonal allergies and germs picked up from daycare and school age siblings are more common. According to the CDC, flu activity commonly peaks between December and February. However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue into late May. What are parents looking for on store shelves to soothe baby during this time of the year?

Cold and Flu Season Baby

Here are 5 Top Products for Soothing Baby During Cold and Flu Season:

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1. Humidifier - At the top of every new baby gift registry, these provide relief for cold and flu symptoms, increase air moisture for easier breathing and a good night's sleep. They are also great for allergy or asthma sufferers.

 sick flu baby shot tantrum parentingCrane's Owl Ultrasonic Cool Mist humidifier's friendly design provides relief for cold and flu symptoms, does not require a filter, runs quietly for up to 24 hours, has 2.1 gallon moisture output and includes an automatic shut off safety feature. 

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2. Nasal Aspirator - These devices provide an easy, natural way to decongest baby's delicate nose. The standard bulb and battery-powered aspirators work well but there are several new devices that use your own suction to draw mucus out of the baby's nose.

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The BabyComfyNose uses your own suction to remove your baby's nasal mucus. Safe and gentle and faster than a standard bulb aspirator. 

3. Chest Rubs - Traditionally a vapor rub with menthol, petroleum and other harsh ingredients is used as a topical cough and cold medicine. When used as directed, chest rubs have less side effects and are considered safe to use on infants and children. All Natural Chest Rubs are petroleum, menthol, drug, chemical and paraben free so they are safe, gentle and effective for ages 3 months and up.

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Maty's All Natural Baby Chest Rub is a unique blend of natural ingredients including Eucalytpus Radiata, Lavender and Chamomile and provides safe, effective relief while strengthening little immune systems.
 

4. Facial Wipes - Every parent knows the struggle of wiping the runny nose of a fussy, sick baby. A dry tissue can be ineffective and many wipes have a harsh scent or bad taste if it gets in baby's mouth.

Boogie Wipes are made with saline to dissolve mucus caused by the common cold, allergies or other kid moments. Extra soft and scented and Simply Unscented, Boogie Wipes are recommended by Pediatricians as a gentle, effective alternative to a dry tissue. sick flu baby shot tantrum parentingBaby Bits, made out of of handmade soap "bits", are a convenient and economical way to make your own natural wipes solution that is designed to clean sensitive skin.

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5. Crib Wedge Cushion - A gentle angle elevates your baby's head for easier breathing when baby is congested, nasal drip reduction, better digestion and helps prevent acid reflux. Physicians recommend elevating the mattress to about 6 inches at the head which brings the incline to about 30 degrees. You can use materials at home such as towels or extra blankets or purchase a wedge or lift that can be removed easily when baby is feeling better.

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Dexbaby Safe Lift Universal Crib Wedge goes under the mattress so that baby is safe. It is made of flame retardant foam with a hypoallergenic cover and the Non-skid bottom keeps the safe lift securely in place.

Cold Flu Season Baby

Whatever remedy you choose for baby, always remember to consult your physician. All content on this Web site, including medical opinion and any other health-related information, is for informational purposes only and should not be considered to be a specific diagnosis or treatment plan for any individual situation. Use of this site and the information contained herein does not create a doctor-patient relationship. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.

Jennifer is a former special education teacher and mentor. She obtained her bachelor's degree at Kent State University in Ohio. She enjoys dancing, reading and spending time training her dog, BrunoMars. 

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