Like most families we find that throughout the winter and at various other times of the year LP and Little Man get snotty noses and general colds. They seem to last forever and each cold rolls into the next. Inevitably Hubby and I also end up with a cold and the cycle continues.
I remember last year well. Both LP and Little Man had cold after cold. LP’s cold progressed to a chest infection and she also got tonsillitis at the same time just before Christmas – the festive season was definitely memorable in our house last year. Throughout it all I remember Little Man not being able to breathe properly, his nose being constantly blocked and him sounding so chesty too. I would have tried anything to make him and LP breathe easier and sleep better.
Snufflebabe have developed their Nasal Aspirator that Hubby and I swear by. We refer to it affectionately as a ‘snot sucker’ and it does the job fantastically. You put one end on your baby’s nostril and suck the other end – don’t worry, there’s a filter inside so you won’t end up sucking anything nasty up! The snot and mucus comes out like a dream! The only slight issue is that your baby may hate you putting the aspirator anywhere near their nose. With Little Man we just keep trying until we succeed. He’s getting more used to it as time goes on.
One other thing that we have found tricky at times is giving the children medicine. Both now love the taste of the standard kids medicines but when they were smaller there was no way we could go anywhere near them with a spoon. We resorted to using syringes and quite often now still use syringes for ease although if you use dummies there’s something that may appeal to you. Dentinox have created a Medicine Dispenser that looks like a traditional soother with the added benefit of a storage chamber and plunger where the handle usually is. You can fill this with the required dose of medicine and as your baby sucks on the dummy you can push the plunger down to give the medicine – simple!
One other thing that we couldn’t live without when our children are ill is vapourisers. Usually we rely on our plug in ones and have them set up in each child’s bedroom but there is an alternative if your child uses dummies – Snufflebabe’s Inhaler Dummy. This has a chamber with a sponge pad in it where the dummy handle would usually be. You can add a couple of drops of Snufflebabe Vapour Oil to the pad, snap the dummy shut and your baby will inhale the vapours as they breathe whilst sucking on the dummy.
There are so many ways now to help your children have a good night’s sleep and these are just a few suggestions from Dentinox and Snuffle Babe.
Disclosure: I’m working with BritMums on a project with Dentinox and Snufflebabe to test their products during cold season. All opinions are my own. To find out more about the products visit http://www.dentinox.co.uk and http://www.snufflebabe.co.uk.