Step 1: Booger Buster:
This step is most important before and after sleeping for any amount of time.
- Gather Booger Supplies: Paper towel, saline solution, booger sucker (nasal aspirator for those of you who like technical terms), large towel
- Lay towel out and swaddle your toddler like a burrito. I prefer to separate the arms and place them down by their sides because toddlers are stronger than you think.
- Explain that you have to suck out boogers so they feel better. Apologize in advance and say they'll get lots of snuggles afterward. Remember: you wouldn't be happy in a straight jacket being drown with saline solutions (they are still nose breathers so it feels that way to them) and then having your brains sucked out.
- Squeeze about 1/2-1 tsp saline solution in one nostril and aspirate until liquid is gone. Repeat on other side. Then repeat UNTIL YOU DO NOT GET OUT ANY MORE SNOT! It will take a while and they will scream, but getting it all out can help ward off infections (ex: sinus and pneumonia)
I find that toddlers are way to mobile to elevate the top of their crib and expect to stay there. So, here are a few ideas to keep them upright:
- Bouncy Chair
- Pillow (if they are old enough)
- Reflux sleeper
- or in recliner (a lot of co-sleeping parents find this helpful)
- In a baby carrier (during nap time)
Hydration is key to thinning out mucus. Force liquids, especially clear liquids, as much as possible. Here are few ideas to help.
- Watered down juice: Unless they have diarrehea
- Pidialyte: Can also be frozen into Popsicle and ice chips
- Jello: Need I say more :)
- tea (peppermint or chamomile)
- Cinnamon stick or peppermint stick warm water. This works great! I fix them a cup of warm water and let them stir it with a cinnamon stick or mini candy cane for flavoring. (works great for sore throats)
- Also try letting them drink with straws, out of a coffee mug, sports bottle etc to make liquids more fun and exciting.
- I let mine dye their drink (like water) with two drops of food color. I give them just a tiny bit (2-3 oz) and then let them pick a different color for the next time :)
Ideas to keep your sick toddler entertained without running around too much.
- I spy
- Art (time to get started on holiday crafting or bday present making)
- salt writing (pour salt on a cookie sheet or a pan and let them draw in it)
- Play doctor with Dollies
- Hide the Stuffed animal