| Cold & Flu Care Options
for Infants & Toddlers
By Jennifer Vasilakos, Professional Herbalist
INFANTS: Use of a VERY mild saline solution with a nasal irrigation
bulb to gently clear out the sinuses. You can make your own saline
solution from sea salt and lukewarm water.
TODDLERS: Use warm ginger compresses on the sinus area (below
the eyes, along the check bones). Make this by seeping 2-3 1/2 inch
slices of fresh ginger in simmering water for 5 minutes. Let cool to a
lukewarm temperature and remove ginger slices. Soak a washcloth in
this ginger water, wring out and apply. Repeat several times.
**Remember that draining sinuses are a good sign.
INFANTS: Make a warm compress of 1-3 drops of lavender essential
oil in lukewarm water. Use a washcloth to apply and do not let it get
cold. Apply several times. The lavender essential oil will also help
your baby relax and boosts immunity.
TODDLERS: The same type of warm ginger compress can be used
on the chest area. And/or an over-the-counter vapor rub can be used
on the chest in a small amount. If you don't have a vapor rub, you can
make your own by combining a teaspoon of olive oil with 1-3 drops of
eucalyptus essential oil and 1-3 drops of lavender essential oil (apply
**Using the warm compresses will help break up mucus. Buy good
quality (and organic when available) essential oils.
Echinacea tincture can be given to toddlers in a small dose of 3-
6 drops/day to help fight infections. Most infections are viral and
naturally last 7-10 days. A diluted version of chamomile & lemon balm
tea can be used as a sleep aid for small children.