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Winter, not only is it cold, wet and horrible outside, it’s the season of colds and coughs. How do you help your little one cope when they are ill?
I’m entering the #VicksTricks campaign with Vicks, so today I will be bringing you my top tips and tricks for helping Little D when he’s got a cold.
Vicks Tricks in the Day
I don’t think there is anything better than snuggling up with Little D on the sofa to watch a film when he isn’t feeling great. In a survey that Vicks carried out “over half (52%) of parents said that rest was the most important thing for making children feel better” and I totally agree. When the little man is ill, all he wants is his Mummy and to snuggle up on me, especially if he’s been up all night coughing. I love these snuggle times because now he’s a bit older they are a rarity. Tangled is a firm favourite at the moment!
Depending on the weather, I do sometimes find that a bit of fresh air does wonders for Little D. I’ve found getting him out in the fresh air perks him up although, when we first get outside, he hates it and wants to be back on the sofa snuggling up but by the time we are at the end of the road he is always much chirpier.
The little man has been ill this week and I had to keep him off nursery as he has a temperature. During our snuggle time, I was flicking through Netflix and came across The Wiggles. I’m pretty sure this is my new favourite kids show (so sick of Mr Tumble & Paw Patrol). It’s great and Little D loves it too. Even in his most knackered state, he got up and started dancing along to the songs. He’s already started saying a new word “house” and is really starting to sing along with all the songs. I must insist you go check out The Wiggles if you haven’t already!
Vicks have come up with their very own magic tricks to keep your little ones entertained and laughing during the day. Head over to YouTube to check them out. I haven’t had a chance to try them yet as I’ve been ill as well but they look great and are sure to bring a smile to your little one’s face!
Vicks Tips for the Evening
On the Sole
A lovely assistant in ASDA gave me this advice, and I must say it really works. She told me to rub Vicks onto Little D’s soles and then pop his socks on. Apparently, it then absorbs through his feet and up his body. Now I must say – I don’t think this has been proven medically but it really does work for us. When the little one is full of cold, once in the evening and once in the morning, we rub Vicks Vaporub on his feet. Give it a try and let me know how you get on!
Front and Back
Of course, most of you will already do this, but making sure you rub Vicks VapoRub on your child’s front and back will help relieve congestion faster than the above method. I find that it starts to clear him out straight away, which is brilliant when we apply it just before bed so that he doesn’t have any trouble going to sleep.
In the Air
Now, Vick’s do have their own humidifier, however, we brought this one to see if it helped with Little D’s Eczema and it’s great to get the Vicks aroma around the room. I really love the smell of Vicks and think there is something refreshing about it (maybe it’s the menthol) and so I had some Vick’s VapoRub to water and add it into my son’s humidifier to help him breathe easier in the nighttime.
There you have it, my top tips and tricks on getting Little D back on his feet. What do you do to keep your kids entertained and feeling better when they are ill?