“Mom? I’m So cold!” our daughter said to me, as she was bundled up in a blanket that we just happened to have in the car. There we were, sitting on the cold bleachers at the football stadium, watching her older brother play football. Two days later… she was sniffling and crying about her sore nose. I know that being cold doesn’t CAUSE a cold… but these seasons bring about a lot of stuffy noses and with that… a lot of sleepless nights. Today, I am sharing ideas on how to help your child sleep with a stuffy nose.
This is a sponsored post written for Vicks Humidifiers. I was compensated and provided complimentary products for this post. All opinions are my own.
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As the seasons changed, our weekends shifted from bike rides and BBQs to s’mores, pumpkin carving, and football games. We don our favorite sweaters and flannels to sip on warm cider while we combat the brisk weather and seasonal illnesses. Today, I have partnered with Vicks to share my favorite tips to keep our kids healthy. (It helps that we use their Winter Wellness Care Package!) Vicks Humidifiers and the other items from the Winter Wellness Care Package are available at Walmart.
(Side note: I get just about everything at Walmart- they have the best prices.)
I usually don’t take the kids into the doctors for stuffy noses or colds anymore (I did when they were babies and it made it hard for them to eat), because now I know what I need to do.
First off, I try to prevent our kids from getting sick with good handwashing, avoiding germ-infested areas and using the products inside of the Vicks Winter Wellness Care Package.
Here is how we help our kids sleep when they have a stuffy nose (and what we do to prevent colds!)
- Use a humidifier. Ideal relative humidity level for wellness is between 40% and 60%, so we use Vicks cool and warm mist humidifiers to reach those levels. This can reduce the survival of flu viruses on surfaces and in the air – and increase your wellness all year round. Humidifiers are great to temporary relief of cough and congestion, so I use one in the kids’ rooms.
- We use the VapoPads with cool or warm mist humidifiers. We use the Sleepytime Rosemary and Lavender scented vapors for up to eight hours (helping our kids rest better). We love the VapoRub, too.
- Clean your humidifier often! The Protec Cleaning Fish reduces up to 99% of odor causing bacteria, unsightly mold and algae growth versus untreated humidifier surfaces for up to 30 days – just drop in your humidifier tank!
- Elevate their head. I give our kids an extra pillow if they have a stuffy nose, to help their head stay propped up just a bit more than normal. It helps to keep them from getting so stuffy. If your child doesn’t use a pillow, put a pillow or a few towels under the side of the mattress where you child’s head goes. This will put the mattress on a slight angle, accomplishing the same goal.
- Keep Track of their temperatures. I find that when the kids spike a fever, it usually happens in the evening, so I am always ready before they go to bed. You can use the Vicks® SmartTemp™ Wireless Thermometer: The Vicks® SmartTemp® Thermometer and free downloadable app makes it easy to take and track temperature readings for the entire family.
- Suction out nasal secretions with a bulb syringe designed for toddlers and young children.
- Keep tissues by their bed. When our kids have a stuffy nose, they use more tissues than I probably use in a lifetime. haha!! I give them each their own little package of Puffs Plus® Lotion (extra soft for their sore nose) and they keep it by their bed.
Do you want to win this care package?
Now is your chance! Just leave a comment at the bottom with your favorite tip to keep your kids healthy. It can be one of the ones in this post or a new one. 🙂 Contest entrants are only eligible to win once per sweepstake, per household as a part of a campaign sponsored by Influence Central and must reside in the United States. This giveaway will end in 7 days (November 7th will be the last day to apply).