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Child Colds, What To Do When Your Littles Get Sick

Child Colds, What To Do When Your Littles Get Sick

This is the first year that 2 out of 3 children are in school. We’re about 2 months in and they’ve already been sick twice. Additionally, it passes further to the baby and eventually to my husband. With all that being said, I decided to research and see what others are saying about child colds. Read more to find out what to do when your littles get sick.

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Child Colds, Tips and Information. How to prevent a child cold and also treatment for sick kids. Common cold solutions for children and babies.
No one wants a sick child. Read more to learn how to prevent and treat a child cold. This post is full of common cold solutions for children and babies.

First, let’s discuss prevention.

There are a ton of tips about prevention; but in reality, I kind of feel that child colds are inevitable. That’s why kindergarteners average about 9-12 colds a year and older children, usually have about 4. The best thing to do to prevent childhood colds is to make prevention a fun part of your children’s lifestyle. Here’s a breakdown of some of the tips:

1. Keep their hands clean.

This means having your child wash their hands often. Show them how to liberally apply soap and to rub hands together for approximately 30 seconds. Singing the ABC song before rinsing usually does the job.

2. Pay attention while in kiddie areas.

Check kiddie areas for sticky messes or other discarded candy before letting your child run off and play. Kids love finding and touching “treasure” and do not realize how yucky things of that nature are. Furthermore, chose your playgrounds wisely. Not only for basic safety reasons, but also for cleanliness. We’ve stopped going to our local indoor mall playground because it was literally a haven for germs. Clean up time was at 3 pm daily; however, it only entailed wiping the adult side seating with a generic cleaner. The rest of the inside matting and equipment were virtually untouched. Hopefully, yours is better.

3. Serve a balanced diet.

This means giving your children a diet full of vitamin C and probiotics. Our children’s school has a sticker reward system for children that eat fruits and vegetables during the course of the month. This can also be applied at home as a fun incentive to make wise choices while eating.

4. Give them adequate sleep.

Sleep allows the body to recover and focus on rebuilding its cells. Adequate sleep boosts the immune system and helps with recovery.

5. Teach them not to touch their face.

This includes their eyes, mouth, and nasal passages. Germs enter our bodies their these venerabilities. Avoid touching the face to prevent the majority of child colds. If your child must rub or scratch, be sure to do so only after thoroughly washing their hands.

Lot's of snuggling and fluids help.
Lot’s of snuggling and fluids help.

Let’s understand more about child colds.

To begin, understand that except with newborns, child colds in healthy children aren’t typically dangerous. Also, they usually go away in 7 to 10 days without treatment. You can recognize a cold by the symptoms of:

  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Feeling of tiredness
  • Fever (sometimes)
  • Sore throat
  • Cough

Next, antibiotics will NOT cure a cold. Antibiotics work solely on bacteria. The cold that your child is suffering from is caused by 1 of any 200+ viruses. Typically, doctors will only prescribe medication if the child develops an ear infection, or other issues, from a secondary illness.

With that being said, I previously wrote a full post on mommy tips and recommended that every family own an ear scope. It’s a simple way to check if a doctor visit is even necessary. Of course, if your child’s cold becomes more severe, or doesn’t show signs of improvement in a few days, you should take them to a pediatrician anyway.

We are a prudent prescribing family.

In full disclosure, we are a prudent prescribing family. That means that we are highly unlikely to administer medication if the symptoms can be helped naturally. Additionally, our children are all underage for most over the counter cold medications anyways. (5, 4, and 1 year old). In my opinion, there’s very little evidence that children’s cold medicines actually help; and instead, pose the risk of major side effects. To me, the risks associated with administering children’s cold medicine to my littles is far greater than the benefits. Using that knowledge, we basically don’t give them any form of medicine except when they are running a fever.

How to treat child colds naturally:

    1.  Saline drops for stuffy noses.
    2. Nose Frida (Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. THIS REALLY WORKS)
    3. Honey for sore throats; but, not until the baby was over 1 year old and proven not to be allergic. Dark honey, such as buckwheat honey, may work best because they’re higher in antioxidants.
    4. Cool mist humidifiers.
    5. Plenty of fluids and broths.
    6. Clean up all infected areas. This spot vac is perfect for cleaning micro-fiber couches (even after an accident).
    7. Time. Give them things to take their minds occupied such as cards, music, games, coloring, etc.
Rest is important for recovery. Most child colds last only 5-7 days.
Rest is important for recovery. Most child colds last only 5-7 days.

And that concludes our post on child colds and what to do when your littles get sick. I’d love to hear your experiences and feedback. What other tips do you suggest?

As always, when your hands are full, live your life to the fullest! (Even if you’re sneezing along the way.)


Fullest Mom

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  • Tyane

    Children with colds are the worst! I dread back to school season and the cold winter months. I love using saline drops and the humidifier for our house. The challenge with my kids is they aren’t good with keeping hydrated. It’s gotten better, though!

    • Post authorFullestMom

      Ah, I see. What about a cool water bottle? My oldest child’s school makes it a requirement for them to carry water bottles. We got him a really cool one and wrote his name on it and everything. He tends to drink more water because he likes it so much.

      I agree with you about the humidifier. Helps them when they are stuffy. Thanks so much for commenting.

  • Stefani @ Crafty Christian

    We are the same way! I rarely give my kids meds, really only if their fever hits 103. Otherwise, we just let everything work out. We give vitamin D, elderberry, and probiotics to help kick it, along with essential oil diffusing. And coconut water for hydrating. They’re healthy boys!

    Stefani @ Crafty Christian
    • Post authorFullestMom

      We’ll have to try coconut water. We do a lot of RODI water but I think my boy will really like the flavor of coconut. I’m also going to take your suggestion of elderberry. I think all 3 of the littles would like it.

      Thank you for commenting. Have a wonderful night.

  • Susan Croox

    Nose Frida is the bomb! I don’t get sick much, either. I think it’s God’s grace to moms ❤️❤️❤️

    Susan Croox
    • Post authorFullestMom

      Amen. It must be. He is so divine and always provides! You know, I never knew about Nose Frida until the third child. It was a miracle. Have a good night. Thank you for commenting.

  • Georgiana

    Thankfully the kids are rarely sick, but when they were little it really was sad. Especially when they were too young to communicate with words 🙁 At this point they are almost old enough for adult cold meds….

    • Post authorFullestMom

      Yep, the struggle when they can’t tell you. All they know is that they feel icky. Glad your older children hardly get the bug. Seems the littles are so prone. Thank you for commenting. Have a great night.

  • Stacy

    I hate seeing my child sick. Knock on wood my youngest has yet to get sick, just turned 6 months. Prevention is key, this is a great list for when sickness does occur.

    • Post authorFullestMom

      Very good! 6 months and older makes it a lot less scary. I tend to was the lego blocks a lot in soap and hot water. We also disinfect the toy box often. Take care mama. All the best for a cold free season.

  • Savannah

    GREAT tips!!!
    My 18 month old recently had his first little sickness (more of a tummy thing than a cold), and it was absolutely awful. Seeing your kid miserable makes mommy miserable, and you’d do just about anything to get them feeling better, and running circles around you again.

    These are some EXCELLENT tips!!! My son is kind of a boogery kid, so the Nose Frida is one of our best friends! Thanks so much for sharing! <3

    • Post authorFullestMom

      Thank you, Savannah. Mine are not all boogery, but man, as infants they were slobbery. They have mama running around washing and disinfect wiping everything. LOL. Glad you love Nose Frida, too. Also very glad, your 18 month old is over their first sickness. Take care.

  • Jen G

    Great post! Cold and flu season is coming right up. Saving this for later.

    Jen G
    • Post authorFullestMom

      Thank you. Mine are still quiet young, so they get sick anytime of the year soon. However, here’s hoping that your family stays cold free for the season.

  • Ellie Augustin

    I giggled when I saw this post because having 4 kids and our youngest was born at 27 wks it’s made me basically crazy when I see one of the kids sick I know it’s time to buckle down and will make sure I put them into their bedroom and I go to them. We even have a little bell lol.. My 9 yr just was sick the last 2 weeks and everyone here knew that we had to wash our hands and keep away till the ” germs” were at bay lol…

    Ellie Augustin
    • Post authorFullestMom

      That is a good method! Right now, my little ones have no clue how to keep their hands controlled. They touch everything and anything. Once they get a little older, we’re going to give it a try. Bell and all! I’m glad your 9 year old is well now. Take care mama. Thank you for commenting.

  • Leah

    My little guy is all stuffy right now. I hope it’s just teething and not a cold! I might have to look into the Nose Frida for the winter. He won’t tolerate the sucker bulb these days!

    • Post authorFullestMom

      You know, honestly, I wasn’t a fan of the sucker. I only kept it the first few months for emergency nose and mouth clearing. Nose Frida is a lot more effective in clearing the nose way. But, I’m hoping it’s teething too, although a lot of extra saliva can cause temporary issues with the sinuses. Take care mama. Hope your sweet child gets better soon.

  • Julie

    I’ve been giving my kid probiotics in his milk. I have to get better about taking mine heh. Wonderful tips!

    • Post authorFullestMom

      Thank you, Julie. Probiotics are very good for children. But, I have to agree, I forget for myself, too.

  • Briana

    I actually wrote a similar post on my blog. I mentioned a few of these tips. They really do work. Thanks for sharing.

    • Post authorFullestMom

      No problem, Briana. Glad you found the right fit for your family. Which tip is your all time favorite?

  • Elizabeth Doren

    I’m with with you on nose Frieda. It took a lot for me to make the jump but once I did…lets just say my kids have more nasal relief.

    Elizabeth Doren
    • Post authorFullestMom

      I kind of chuckled when I read this because my family freaked out when I told them what Nose Frida was. Hey, a mom has got to do what a mom has got to do. Glad you guys found a solution. May you guys stay healthy and avoid any colds of the season. Take care.

  • Shann Eva

    Great tips! I don’t like to give my children medicine unnecessarily either. We went through a lot of colds last year when my oldest was in kindergarten. Definitely love the Nose Frida. I also diffuse essential oils and rub some on the bottoms of their feet.

    Shann Eva
    • Post authorFullestMom

      You’re a feet person, too! I have this theory, totally untested and unproven, but I really feel we absorb toxins through our feet. I make the kids put on socks with oils on the bottoms of their feet to try to expel out any bad stuff. Glad to hear I’m not the only one. My hubby thinks I’m crazy. LOL.

  • Christine Em

    Definitely some valuable tips here. I hated it when my kids were little and got sick. Great post

    Christine Em
    • Post authorFullestMom

      Thank you, Christine. It’s rough when they are little. They can’t express themselves and they are trying to learn the world as it is. It does get easier with time. These tips have helped us so much over the years.


    Uggghhh not looking forward to cold/flu season, but you have some great tips here. I have never heard of a ear scoop before!

    • Post authorFullestMom

      Yes, ear scopes are totally cool. You can get the same ones the pediatricians have. They allow parents to check for ear infections or inflammation of the drums. Check out our mentioned link for them. It will give you buying information.

  • Debbie

    Great list! yes — It’s so hard to help your baby when they have a cold. We use saline and a dehumidifier.

    • Post authorFullestMom

      Saline drops are always a good thing to keep in hand. We’ve even used saline in the nebulizer before. Hope you and your little ones stay well over this season. Take care mama, and thanks for commenting.

  • Shahira

    My niece just started school few weeks back and she had already got cold twice. S o I was just thinking about the frequency of cold in kindergarten kids. Excellent detailed post.

    • Post authorFullestMom

      Thank you, Shahira. Yes, the school aged child tends to bring a lot to their immune systems. Glad this post put some perspective. Colds can feel like a revolving door for the young ones. If there is anything more we should say, let us know. Take care.

  • Tiffany |

    I love these tips. I also try to stay away from medicines if it can be helped. The nose Frida is awesome!!! I think many are turned off because it seems like you are sucking snot out of babies nose. But once you try it you realize how amazing and helpful it is!

    Tiffany |
    • Post authorFullestMom

      Absolutely. My extended family was flabbergasted and didn’t even want to know more. I stuck with it because it made only logical sense. Nose Frida truly is the bomb. I’m digging that there are many prudent prescribing parents out there, too. Seems like a lot more unbiased information needs to be available for families to make wise choices. Thank you for commenting. Have a great night.

  • Michael

    This is the hard part about being dad… mom’s always know, where as dads are like… I think I should give you OJ and soup… bookmarked this

    • Post authorFullestMom

      OJ and soup are still very good for childhood colds. They are more holistic and serve better long term purposes. Thanks for commenting.


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