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My Baby Has a Cold! What Did I Do Wrong?

New parents, especially new moms, are prone to beating themselves up when their baby gets a cold. As they tend to their snuffly, unhappy babies new moms vow to keep a cleaner house, to have visitors – even grandparents – wear surgical gloves and masks if they want to see the baby and to never take their baby out in public again. These are sincere vows but, they are unnecessary and unrealistic. If you’re a new mom with a baby who has a miserable cold, keep reading!

It’s not your fault!

Babies get colds. It’s not because your house isn’t clean enough. It’s not because Awa loves to kiss your baby over and over again. A virus from someone, somewhere came into contact with your baby and he caught a cold. That’s it. Turn your attention to helping your baby feel comfortable and taking care of yourself too. Colds are not an entirely a bad thing. Babies need to build up their immune system. Do a quick internet search on childhood illnesses and allergies + research and you’ll see that children who are not sheltered from dirt, germs and going out in public fare better in the long run.

Take charge!

Now that you are done feeling like you’ve done something wrong, focus your energy on keeping your baby comfortable. It’s hard and tiring to have a sick baby – even if it’s just a cold. Make the most of your efforts.

Further reading 

Home remedies for baby’s cold

Ear And Sinus Infection In Babies And Its Treatment – An Overall View

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Sinus infection in babies

Earlier it was believed that children are not affected by sinusitis. However, it has been proven that it is a myth and not true. Children do get sinus infections. The symptoms of cold and sinus infection are overlapping. Many of the symptoms are common. It is important to distinguish between them if you want to proceed to go for the right treatment. Differentiating between cold and a sinus infection is not easy. To differentiate between them you should know the difference between the symptoms of cold and sinus infection.

Differences between the symptoms of sinus infection

  • Cold lasts for 5 to 10 days. If the baby has sinus infection, the symptoms for cold will last for more than 10 days without any signs of improvement.
  • The nasal discharge in cold is watery in the beginning and turns thicker. In sinus infection the discharge is yellowish.
  • Low grade fever accompanies cold and last for a day or two. In sinus infection the fever is persistent and lasts for 4 days or more.
  • Cold symptoms include cough, especially in the night. Sinus infection symptoms include swelling or dark circles around the eyes, especially in the morning. Sinus infection is accompanied by bad breath and irritability in children.
  • In rare cases bacterial sinusitis can spread to the central nervous system. Look for symptoms like sensitivity to light, increasing irritability and persistent vomiting to make sure that the infection does not spread to the CNS.

Causes of sinusitis in kids

  • Viral infection
  • Bacterial infection
  • Allergies
  • Cleft palate
  • Abnormalities in nose structure
  • Second hand smoking
  • Enlarged adenoids

Sinusitis in kids can be

  • Acute sinusitis where the symptoms last for less than four weeks and improve with treatment
    Sub acute sinusitis where the symptoms last for more than four weeks and subside gradually with treatment.
  • Chronic sinusitis where the symptoms last for more than eight weeks. It is the result of previous infections that were not treated properly.
    Recurrent sinusitis where acute sinusitis repeats three or more times a year.

Ear Infection

Ear infections are caused when a baby catches cold or has sinus infection or allergies. They can be caused by viruses or bacteria. Children between 6 months to 2 years old are affected more by ear infections because their immunity is low and the size of their Eustachian tubes is smaller.

Symptoms of ear infections

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  • If your baby keeps on tugging at his ears for no reason, it could be an ear infection. Kids tend to pull on their ears when they have pain and discomfort in the ears.
  • If your baby has ear infection, he or she may have discomfort while lying down. When your baby lies down, the pressure is shifted to the middle ear. This causes pain.
  • Ear infections may be accompanied by drainage of fluid from the ears.
  • The child will be fussier, more irritable and crankier.
  • If your little one does not respond to sound, it may indicate difficulty in hearing resulting from ear infection.
  • When the body’s immune system tries to fight the ear infection, the child may have low grade fever.
  • Loss of appetite, vomiting and digestion problems may also accompany ear infections because the virus or bacteria that cause the ear infection can also affect the gastrointestinal system of the baby.
  • Your child may be clumsy and out of balance because the center of balance is located in the inner ear.

Treatment For Sinus And Ear Infection

Sinus infection

Sinus infections can be acute which lasts for less than 4 weeks, subacute that lasts for 4 to 8 weeks, chronic that lasts for 8 weeks or longer and recurrent. Sinus infections may be caused by bacteria or virus or exposure to smoke. There is a growing awareness about the dangers of using antibiotics unnecessarily.

Do you want to know if antibiotics are necessary to treat sinusitis in kids? You should know a few facts to get answer to this question.

  • A research has proven that more than 80% of sinus infections improve on their own without antibiotics.
  • Earlier it was believed that antibiotic treatment is essential to treat kids with sinus infections. Today, the ‘American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommends ‘wait and watch’ approach before prescribing antibiotics to treat sinusitis in children.
  • Sinus infections caused by virus and smoke cannot be treated with antibiotics.
  • If the kid is not dramatically ill, it may improve on its own.
  • Your child needs antibiotics when the nasal discharge is thick and colored.
  • If the symptoms persist for more than a week or 10 days your child should be given antibiotics.
  • If there is double worsening of symptoms it is understood that it is bacterial infection and it needs antibiotics.
  • Not all sinuses need antibiotics. Most of them go on their own or with simple remedies like saline irrigations, nasal aspirators etc. Don’t demand antibiotics from your doctor. Wait and watch. Trust your pediatrician to come up with the right decision.

Ear infection

Most children get ear infections. Children are usually infected in the middle ear behind the ear drum. The ear infections may be caused bacteria or viruses. It is generally believed that antibiotics are the only solution to treat ear infections but are antibiotics really necessary for treating ear infections in children? The truth is that they are needed only in some cases. In most of the cases they are not necessary.

Why are antibiotics not needed in some cases? 

  • If ear infections are caused by virus antibiotics do not work. Antibiotics kill bacteria and not virus.
  • Antibiotics do not help in giving relief from pain. They are not pain killers. They do not give pain relief for the first 24 hours. If the pain is severe, your children should be given pain relievers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen for children.
  • Ear infections go off on their own in two or three days.
  • Pediatricians say that children who are not given antibiotics recover just as well as the children who are given antibiotics.
  • You should see the pediatrician only if the symptoms do not improve in three or more days.

When are antibiotics really needed?

  • When the child is under 6 months old.
  • When the child is between 6 months to 2 years old and the pediatrician is sure that it is an ear infection.
  • When the child has health issues like poor immunity, cleft palate, Down syndrome and cochlear implant etc.
  • When the child has chronic fluid in the ears.

Coriander and Dill weed oil in common colds – How Do They Work

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Coriander oil and dill weed oil have a myriad of health benefits. They have been used in ayurvedic medicines since ancient times.

What are the health benefits of coriander oil?

Coriander oil is also referred to as cilantro oil. It helps in getting rid of the gas and bloating. It acts as a natural diuretic. It helps in better digestion. It has anti microbial and anti inflammatory property. It acts as a natural skin moisturizer and soother. It is rich in vitamin C.

What are the health benefits of dill oil?

It promotes restful sleep. It has anti inflammatory properties. Its natural diuretic properties make it useful in treating urinary tract infections. It alleviates the symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in children.

How do coriander and dill oil help in common colds?

  • Both of them have anti microbial properties. This helps in fighting against the cold causing virus.
  • Both of them have anti inflammatory properties. This helps in reducing body aches and throat aches related to common colds.
  • Both of them have antioxidant properties. Anti oxidants enhance your immunity and protect your body from getting common colds and other infections.
  • Dill oil has been proven to work in treating cough.
  • Coriander is rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C reduces cold severity and increases immunity.
  • Dill oil promotes good sleep and reduces stress. Extra sleep allows your immune system to fight against colds. Stress decreases your ability to stay healthy, especially, in the cold and flu season.

Rubs and other natural products with dill oil and coriander oil are surely effective in treating common colds. They are safe and the risk of side effects in very low. When used in right dosage they are safe to be used on children too.

Our Nasobuddy Cough & Cold balm is based on 6 Essential oils, including coriander and dill weed oil.

Eucalyptus oil in common colds – Eucalyptus Radiata for babies

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It is a fact that essential oils have plenty of health benefits. Eucalyptus oil is one of the essential oils with many benefits. It helps you to breathe easy, to heal cold sores, to decrease joint pain, to clear your chest and to disinfect wounds. However, you should remember that using essential oils for babies is not the same as using them for adults. Some oils are dangerous to be used on babies. Is eucalyptus oil effective in treating common colds and is it safe for little ones?

Eucalyptus in common colds

A few drops of eucalyptus oil added to the bath or hot shower or steam inhaler can definitely give relief from sinus symptoms and from congestion. Inhaling the eucalyptus vapor loosens the mucus from your chest and in expelling it. It has been used for several centuries in Asian countries to treat common colds.

Is eucalyptus oil safe for babies?

It has high 1, 8-cineole content. 1, 8-cineole is also called as eucalyptol. It is known for its mucolytic action on respiratory tract with proven clinical efficacy. When used on babies it can cause problems related to central nervous system and breathing. Moreover, the oil is very strong and can harm the delicate skin of infants. Rarely, it can lead to seizures in babies.

It’s a shocker to know about the side effects of eucalyptus oil on babies. The good news is, not all species of eucalyptus oils have high 1, 8 –cineole content. Some species with low 1, 8 –cineole content are safe for babies if used in the right dosage and in the right way.

Eucalyptus radiata for babies

Eucalyptus radiata is one of the milder forms of eucalyptus oil and is safe to be used on children. It is not as powerful and not as strong as eucalyptus globulus that is most commonly used in adults’ chest rubs.

How to use eucalyptus radiata on babies?

The first thing you should do is to blend eucalyptus oil with carrier oil. The proportion is as follows:

  • For newborns below 2 months – 1 drop eucalyptus oil with 2 teaspoon carrier oil
  • For infants from 2 months to 18 months old – 1 drop of eucalyptus oil with 1 teaspoon carrier oil
  • For kids from 18 months to 3 years old – 2 drops in 1 teaspoon carrier oil
  • For children from 3 to 6 years – 3 drops in 1 teaspoon carrier oil.
  • The most recommended carrier oils are almond oil or olive oil or coconut oil.
  • You can use it in baby’s bath.
  • You can use it as massage oil. If you are using it to massage your baby, you should add 2 more teaspoons of carrier oil to the blend. If your baby is below 6 months old, it is better to massage only the back and not the chest.

If you are buying baby rubs for your kid, make sure that it contains eucalyptus radiata and not eucalyptus globulus.

Our Nasobuddy Cough & Cold balm is based on the Eucalyptus radiata essential oil .

 Chamomile and lavender oils for baby’s cold – How to use and why to use

Parenting is not an easy joke. You have to take some difficult decisions right from the infancy stage. When your baby is too small, you have many decisions to male. One of them is to decide whether to go for natural remedies or to go for allopathic remedies to treat baby’s colds and other minor health issues. Now-a-days most parents are shifting back to natural remedies and grandmother’s cures because of safety and decreased risk of side effects. Essential oils are frequently recommended for the well being of children but not all essential oils are safe for babies. Chamomile and lavender oils are safe for babies and are effective in treating baby’s colds.

Why should you use chamomile and lavender oil?

They have the ability of soothing your baby and promoting sleep. A child with cold feels irritated and finds it difficult to sleep. Both lavender and chamomile help your baby to sleep soundly. Moreover, they have healing properties. This helps in giving relief to the babies from cough and colds. They are recommended for babies. They do not cause any side effects if used correctly.

How to use chamomile and lavender oil?

Lavender oil

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You can add a few drops of lavender oil and two tablespoons of one of the carrier oils to a diffuser. This will purify the air in your child’s room and help with the respiratory problems of your baby.

You can put a drop or two of lavender oil on the child’s mattress, pillow and crib. Just breathing the oil will work wonders in putting your baby to sleep and giving relief from cold symptoms.

You can give the baby a massage with lavender oil after blending it with carrier oil like almond oil or coconut oil or sun flower oil. The safest proportion is adding 1 drop of lavender oil to 1 tablespoon of carrier oil. Rub the blended oil on the baby’s chest and back before putting your baby to sleep.

Chamomile oil

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You can add a drop of chamomile oil to a tablespoon of carrier oil and give your baby a bedtime massage.

You can add the blended oil to your baby’s bath.

Blend of lavender and chamomile

You can add a drop of chamomile and lavender oil with a tablespoon of carrier oil. Blending lavender and chamomile helps in giving better relief. You can also add other safe essential oils like dill oil and sweet orange oil (less harsh than lemon oil) to it.

Do you feel you will not be able to get the essential oils in the nearby shops in your area? Are you too busy to make your own blends of essential oils? Don’t worry. Go for baby rubs that contain safe essential oils in the right proportion. Apply it on your fussy baby and help it to sleep soundly.

Our Nasobuddy Cough & Cold balm is based on 6 Essential oils, it includes chamomile oil and lavender oil.

How essential oils help with your baby’s cold and cough

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Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for the good health of humans. They are used to relieve colds, coughs, pains and stress etc. Is it advisable to use essential oils for babies? Do they really help with your baby’s cold? Let’s find out.

How does lavender oil help with your baby’s cold & cough ?

It has anti viral and anti bacterial properties. This helps in giving relief from cold. It also gets rid of stress and exhaustion of your baby and promotes good sleep. Your baby will sleep soundly when lavender oil with carrier oil and rubbed on chest and back. A study showed that newborns that smelled lavender oil while undergoing heel prick test experienced less pain and lower heart rate than those who did not smell lavender.

How does chamomile oil help with your baby’s cold & cough ?

It has anti inflammatory, soothing and anti microbial properties. It relieves pain and calms the baby. It provides good sleep to the baby and decreases cough and congestion.

How does eucalyptus oil help with your baby’s cold and cough ?

Eucalyptus oil is known for its ability to treat colds, congestions and respiratory disorders because of its anti viral properties. However, you should remember that there are many types of essential oils and not all of them are safe to be used for babies. Eucalyptus oil contains a compound called cineole. The more the cineole content the more it is unsafe for the baby. Some of the species with very high cineole content are recommended for use only for children above 10 years of age. Eucalyptus radiata is one type of eucalyptus oil that is safe to be used for babies because of the low cineole content in it.

How does patchouli essential oil help with your baby’s cold ?

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Common colds and cough affects the baby’s sleep quality,  denying them the comfort and rest required to overcome their ailment.  Patchouli oil helps them to settle in for a peaceful nights sleep. In dilute quantities  in a balm , it can really  work wonders.

Points to remember while using essential oils for your little one

  • It should not be used without diluting with carrier oil like coconut oil or sunflower oil.
  • It should not be used directly on kids younger than 3 months old. You can add two to three drops in hot water and place it under the crib. The vapor gives soothing effect and gives relief from nasal block.
  • It is strictly not recommended for internal use. Keep essential oils out of reach of children to avoid accidental ingestion.
  • Make sure that you use pure essential oil and not adulterated oil.
  • Make sure you do not expose the baby’s skin directly to sunlight after applying essential oils. It may cause irritation and rash on the skin.

 Are balms/baby rubs safe? Which ones are? 

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I am sure most of us have the memory of our mothers applying rubs on our backs and chest to help us breathe better whenever we catch cold. However, as a parent, most of us are reluctant to do the same without knowing if it is safe to use it on kids. Are you one among them? Do you want to know if balms and rubs are safe for babies? Here’s an analysis.

Are baby rubs and balms safe?

Yes, they are safe for your baby if they do not contain harmful ingredients that can cause irritation to your baby’s skin and cause other side effects. According to studies , rubbing baby rubs will give relief from cough and congestion to your baby and will help your baby to sleep peacefully if you use the right product with right ingredients. It is up to you to make the right choice. Read further to know which ones are safe and which ones are not.

Which ones are not safe?

Rubs with camphor are not safe: Camphor may cause reddish rashes, dryness in skin and will increase the risks of eczema. Some cases of seizures and deaths have been reported in babies below 2 years of age when they ingested camphor accidentally.

Rubs with menthol are not safe: It may cause redness, stinging, burning and blistering in little ones. It may also cause adverse side effects like respiratory troubles.

Rubs with petroleum jelly are not safe: Petroleum jelly clogs the pores and causes skin irritation.

Which ones are safe?

Rubs with lavender oil: It is a natural ingredient that promotes good sleep and treats respiratory tract infections.

Rubs with chamomile oil: It is a safe ingredient that contains compounds to fight colds and to calm babies in physical distress.

Rubs with Eucalyptus radiata: There are two species of eucalyptus oils, one is eucalyptus globulus and the other is eucalyptus radiata. Eucalyptus globulus is not safe for babies  but eucalyptus radiata is safe. It eases respiratory difficulties.

Rubs with coriander oil: It has relaxing and anti viral effects.

All the above oils are essential oils that are safe to use on babies but you should remember that it is safer to mix carrier oils with essential oils. When base essential oils are blended with carrier oil you are assured of 100% safety. Make sure that carrier oils like coconut oil and/or peanut oil and/or sunflower oil and/or olive oil are added to the rub.

Study the ingredients carefully and if you are convinced that they are safe to use on babies, go ahead and use it on your kids to give relief to them from nasal congestion and cough.

Further reading : 

What’s inside the balms and baby rubs ?

Do balms and baby rubs really work ?