Tips for helping your child get over the flu faster

Posted on 03 October 2012

What do coughing, sneezing and stuffy noses all have in common besides making us uncomfortable? They are all symptoms of the flu. As an adult, at least you can tell doctors what is ailing you, take medicine and help your body get over the pesky illness.

However, when it comes to little kids, the flu is a different story because not only are their immune systems less developed, it's also harder for them to describe what is bothering them.

Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help your tiny tot feel better quicker, says Parenting.com, such as:

1) Using steam
Sitting in a bathroom with your lovebug after you've showered is one great way to help loosen stubborn mucus. If she's older than two years, then rub a little bit of Vicks Vapor Rub or any other menthol-containing topical ointment on her chest. They are great for opening up nasal passages as well as relieving chest stuffiness.

2) Making use of that honey in your cupboard
Besides using it to sweeten tea, did you know that honey can also relieve a sore throat, even if swallowed plain? Fruit milkshakes, ice pops and warm soups can also do the trick.

3) Buying Gatorade and serving bland foods
Beverages like Gatorade and Pedialyte work by rehydrating your bundle of joy's sick body, so they should be consumed when your lovebug has diarrhea or is throwing up. When it comes to foods, the less flavorful they are the better. Although it may not sound appetizing, rice, toast and noodles are some of the best things an ill kid can eat.

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