Night-time can be especially tough when you’re bunged up with a cold. Here’s how to help your little one get a good night’s sleep
- Sit your child on your knee in the bathroom just before bedtime and run a hot shower or bath. The steam will help clear their nose and ease a cough.
- Use a Calpol Vapour Plug and Nightlight in their bedroom. It emits a soothing vapour of lavender and camomile that helps clear blocked noses and ease your baby to sleep. The soft, blue nightlight comes on when the lights are switched off to guide you in their room at night.
- After a bedtime bath, rub a small amount of infant vapour rub on their chest and back – this will soothe snuffles and can be reapplied if necessary during the night. For use from six months.
- If they’re suffering with a temperature, a dose of Calpol* before bed will help them to settle. Keep an eye on their temperature during the night, as you might need to administer another dose if they start to feel hot. Always check the bottle first for dosing instructions.
- If your little one is over a year old, try propping the mattress up with some pillows or a rolled-up towel at the head end. This slight angle will help them breathe easier in the night.
- Sprinkle a few drops of Olbas for Children on a damp muslin and place on a radiator in your little one’s bedroom. The aroma will help to clear blocked up noses. Suitable from three months.
- If your baby has a blocked nose and is finding it hard to breathe at night, try using a saline spray to clear their airways. Or use a nasal aspirator to suck out the mucus.
- Try to stick to your usual bedtime routine as much as possible as this will be reassuring for little ones, especially when they’re feeling under the weather.
For further information, and to find out when to call the doctor, read our article on how to treat babies and toddlers with colds and flu. And don’t forget, your Tesco Pharmacist can also help you in store.
*CALPOL® Infant Suspension contains Paracetamol and can be used in infants from 2 months old (weighing over 4kg and not premature).