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  Cold & Flu Care Options
for Infants & Toddlers

  By Jennifer Vasilakos, Professional Herbalist
Sinus Congestion:
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.

Chest Colds:
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 to chest).

**Using the warm compresses will help break up mucus. Buy good quality (and organic when available) essential oils.

Other Tips:
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.

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