My cough & cold guide for toddlers and babies

November 14, 2017

With the arrival of Autumn/Winter there are always going to be lots more coughs, colds and illnesses going around so I thought I would share my top coughs and colds tricks and products with you.

I have recently stocked up my medicine basket with the essentials for a toddler and a baby from an online chemist as you always need something at 11pm when the shops are shut so having lots of everything I think I need in advance is really handy.

My cough & cold guide for toddlers and babies

Please keep in mind that while I’m not a doctor, these medicines or tips have helped Amelie and Evie feel better faster and help their symptoms.


My first line of defence in the Winter season (and all year round for the little ones) are vitamins. We always use multivitamin drops from Abidec purely because the girls like the taste and it’s so concentrated they only have to have a very small amount – perfect if they are fussy about tastes!

Fevers, teething and general illnesses

I can’t live without having a bottle of Calpol and Nurofen in the house. They will always get a fever when the shops are shut and having these on standby is essential. I personally find that Nurofen helps lower fever better than calpol so I only use Nurofen in fever emergencies and use calpol for other illnesses.

When they do have a fever I make sure that they have Calpol or Nurofen and then dress them cooly and perhaps put them near a window if it isn’t too cold (and it’s safe to do so).

When Amelie was little we bought ourselves a digital thermometer which you use in their ears to check their temperature after finding an old style under the arm one was a massive faff with a wriggly baby. A digital one is worth investing in so you can keep a eye on temperatures during the night. They are more pricey but I would say worth the cost.

Colds and coughs

There are some other Cold Remedies for Babies that I swear by…

Calpol vaporisers are the one thing I panic about if I can’t buy them. These are THE BEST thing for infants (over 3 months) and little ones when they have a cold. You buy a plug in vaporiser and then use a new refill every night. Sometimes when I hear the girls are a little coldy I put one in overnight and they are much better in the morning. If they’re really ill they really do help clear their noses and help them breathe a bit easier.

They’re not cheap at about £6 a packet, but honestly, they are the best things!

If you still find they are struggling to breathe try: turning the shower on at bath time and getting the bathroom steamy, raise the top of their cot – the same way we might have more pillows at night, use baby and child Albas oil  (but follow instructions and don’t leave near their cot/bedding).

For their coughs I am never sure if Tixylix The cough & cold guide for toddlers and babies actually works but I have it in the cupboard and if the girls have a really bad cough give it to them. I used to have this as a child and remember it being soothing so would hope it has a similar soothing effect for the girls.

Any kind of vapour rub like Snuffle Babe is perfect for when they are struggling to breathe with a cold. I always put it on their chest and back, I have heard on the feet can also be a good remedy but haven’t tried this yet!

Allergic reactions/chicken pox

Piriton is something I don’t use often but I have a bottle ready for the time Evie gets chicken pox as it really helped Amelie when she had a bad case of chicken pox. It’s also a handy one to have for any allergic reactions.

And finally for me

It’s hard being poorly and having to still look after little ones so I always have a pack of Lempsip on hand for those days when you’re feeling poorly. I also make sure I am topped up with my vitamins so hopefully I don’t catch everything they bring home!

What are the things you have to have on hand for Winter coughs and colds?

Sarah x

*This is a sponsored post, all thoughts, opinions and words are 100% my own. As mentioned above do not take this as medical advice, it is my personal opinion on how I treat colds, coughs and other viruses in my own children. Always seek professional advice if you are worried about your child.*

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  • Reply Paola November 16, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    I use camomille tea as a general anti-inflammatory. Doesn’t cure but relieves a little from some symptoms and prevents quite well. I used to give some in my oldest child’s formula when she was a baby. I use it as an adult every time I have the flu or digestion issues.

  • Reply Kristie - Mammaprada November 16, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    I definitely need to do this in preparation for what’s coming this winter! I love the suction devices that take the snot out of little ones noses. Life saver! #ThursdayTeam

  • Reply Rhian Harris November 16, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    The bugs have already started so we need our armour! #ThursdayTeam

  • Reply Nicole - Tales from Mamaville November 20, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Vapour rub on the feet does do wonders. Great tips – I do them all too.

  • Reply Kirsty November 21, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    This is a great list. I always dose the girls up with calpol and nurofen when they are ill. I agree that the calpol vaporisers are the best thing ever! And that Snuffle Baby stuff is still a must have for us.

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