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Tips to Relieve a Sick Snotty Baby

Madison

Camilla

Can you believe these happy faces were sooooo miserable and sick that they were in the ER just 4 days ago?

Mr Twins and A Blog received some great tips from a very helpful ER Doctor when he took the girls into the hospital (I was already in hospital with Ethan). We have been using these tips & tricks on the girls & they have both gotten better exponentially in the last few days! We have always used the steam shower, fess & snot sucker with our sick babies, but never thought to do it in this order & routine. This has helped us heaps & I am sharing our success to help your sick bubbas too!

FYI: If you hate snot talk, scroll on by! 👃🤧

Tips to relieve a snotty sick baby:

👇👇Do all milk feeds in the shower👇👇

Spray Fess spray (saline spray) into bubs nostrils & wait for a minute. Even if it is wet sloppy snot just spray it in there to loosen everything deep in their sinus (I used to only use the Fess if it was a drier snot but now use it even when they have wet drippy snot too)

Close the bathroom door, direct the shower head to the wall & turn the hot water on in the shower. Whilst the steam builds up, you can feed bubs some milk for a few mins while you wait for the Fess to settle them, or just go right in and suck the sh#t out of their noses with the snot sucker (aka Nasal Oral Aspirator – we use the Neilmed Naspira but I have heard NoseFrida is also great!) Yep the babies won’t like it & will most likely protest and flail around, but they’ll be happy and smiling when they can breathe after it! Just suck out as much snot as you can until no more snot comes out. It is all that yucky snot that us adults can blow out easily into a tissue but drips down into their sinus. The snot is also full of all the gross yucky germs that we want to get out of their body, so the more we can get that sh#t out, the better!

Now that the shower is steamed up, either stand inside the shower (@mrtwinsandablog does this) or place a stool in the doorway of the shower (I do this as the girls are too heavy for me to stand & feed for long periods) & feed them their milk whilst heads inside the steamed up shower space. Drinking the milk in the steam forces them to use their nose to breathe and clears their airways. The warm steam is also really comforting and helps them to sleep too.

We have been doing this with every single milk feed, including all the crazy night feeds whilst they’ve been sick and after weeks of snotty noses, they have been snot free & back to their happy selves today!

@mrtwinsandablog has also made a video on his Instagram page about it so check it out especially for those of you who are more visual!

What other tips & tricks have you found that has helped your sick bubbas?

Sick bubba photos from the past few weeks:

Non Thermomix/ Thermomix

Cold and Flu Shower Melts

I LOVE homemade remedies for when a cold/flu sets in! This is great for the whole family, especially for the little ones when they are sick and stuffy!!
I saw this concept pop up on my newsfeed with Vapor Rub Shower Melts by The Homespun Hydrangea, so I thought I would make my own with my favourite Eucalyptus Oil.
You can use a silicon mini muffin tray or ice cube tray as the mould. Any other silicon moulds would work well as it is easy to pop out!
Use one or more shower melt (the more you add, the stronger the scent).
Decant these into a small container or ziplock bag and store in the freezer for when you need some relief when a cold/flu hits in!!

 
Ingredients + mini muffin tray
 
 
Place all ingredients in bowl
 
 
 Mix 3 minutes/50 degrees/Speed 2
 
Pour into a mini muffin tray/ice cube tray…
 
 
 …and freeze overnight.

To use – whilst having your shower, place one (or more) shower melt(s) inside a bowl, and place in the shower near the drain (this lets it last longer, and reduces the slipperiness of coconut oil spreading in the shower).

Interested in more Cold remedies? Try the Cold Kicker Drink and Lemon and Honey Drops!!


Cold and Flu Shower Melts

Print Recipe

Ingredients

  • 100 grams coconut oil
  • 50 grams cornflour
  • 30 grams eucalyptus oil

Instructions

1

METHOD (Thermomix):

2

Place all ingredients in bowl - mix 3 minutes/50 degrees/Speed 2.

3

Pour into a silicon mini muffin tray/ice cube tray and freeze for a few hours.

4

METHOD (Stovetop):

5

Place all ingredients in a small pot and stir on low heat until mixture has combined and melted together.

6

Pour into a a silicon mini muffin tray/ice cube tray and freeze overnight.

Notes

*To use - whilst having your shower, place one (or more) shower melt(s) inside a small bowl, and place in the shower on or near the drain (this lets it last longer, and reduces the slipperiness of coconut oil spreading in the shower). If your bowl base is bigger than the size of the drain, then place it next to the drain. *You can use a few drops of pure essential oils if you have that instead.

Drinks/ Non Thermomix/ Thermomix

Cold Kicker Drink

This is a great remedy to kick that cold in the butt!! The cayenne pepper is fantastic, really hits the back of your throat and feels like it’s killing all the bad bugs in there!!

You can use 1 or 2 lemons/knobs of ginger/garlic cloves – the more, the stronger – I use more when I feel really really blah (and sometimes add a little bit more honey to compensate!!)

Add all ingredients to bowl

Cook for 5 minutes/100 degrees/Speed 2

Either drink with the ‘chewy’ blitzed bits (these bits are great for you!), or you can strain before drinking.

You could either put it in jars and keep in the fridge. I pour this into a big jug and drink it throughout the day at room temperature.

Cold Kicker Drink

Print Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 - 2 lemons (cut in half)
  • 1 - 2 knobs ginger
  • 1 - 2 garlic cloves
  • 25 grams apple cider vinegar
  • 60 grams honey
  • A pinch or 2 of cayenne pepper
  • 1000 grams water

Instructions

1

METHOD (Thermomix):

2

Add lemon, ginger, garlic, vinegar, honey and cayenne pepper. Blitz - 10 seconds/Speed 9. Scrape down.

3

Add water and cook for 5 minutes/100 degrees/Speed 2.

4

Drink as is (with the chewy bits) or strain.

5

METHOD (Non Thermomix):

6

Blitz lemon, ginger and garlic in a food processor or blender.

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Add water, vinegar,honey,cayenne pepper and blitzed lemon, ginger and garlic to a medium sized pot, and bring to the boil.

8

Drink as is (with the chewy bits) or strain.