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Looking after blocked little noses

For children aged 3 months to 2 years, add 4 drops of Olbas for Children* to a tissue or hanky and place it just out of reach. For children aged 2 and over, add 8 to 12 drops.

Some tips for when they’re poorly

  • Keep your child's bedroom warm, but well ventilated
  • Make sure they drink plenty of fluids
  • Warm drinks can be particularly soothing
  • Make sure they’re getting some healthy / good food inside them
  • Encourage as much rest as possible

A gentle decongestant like Olbas for Children* helps to relieve congestion and catarrh to make breathing easier and so aid restful sleep.

*For congestion. Always read the label. From 3 months+

Our top tips to help children breathe easy

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Breathe Easy, Sleep Easy for Little Noses

Sponsored by Olbas

Hello, I'm Kathleen.

I'm a paediatric nurse and also a sleep expert. I'm here to talk about avoiding some of the sleep issues that may arise in children and babies over the age of three months, when they have cold and Flu, one thing very important is to make sure your child gets lots of adequate fluids. Cold fluids diluted fruit juices; if they're over a year old possibly lemon and honey type drinks. Make sure they stay well hydrated.

If they develop a fever, it's important to manage that fever but also to make sure they're in cotton clothing and they have lose fitting clothing, so they don't over heat. And, make sure their bedroom is well ventilated, little airways and noses can get blocked and that will prevent your child from sleeping well. So try placing a few drops of natural, infant decongestant either on a hanky or under a pillow if your child has one. Pop it onto the blanket or onto the bed sheets (somewhere in the bedding) where the menthol and natural oils of eucalyptus and menthol can actually help to alleviate any blockage to help the child breath much better. We all know it's quite common when you lie flat that sometimes when you're blocked up it's more difficult to breathe. So I would suggest that you might want to elevate the head end of your babies bed by maybe popping a folded sheet or a pillow or something underneath the mattress at the head end, which makes it a little easier for your baby to breathe. We all know that young children hate trying to blow their nose under the age of two, they find it absolutely impossible, it's a very good idea to make it into a bit of a game, and it's a good idea to encourage them to think of blowing their nose as sniffing but in reverse. If it's turned into a game, they'll surely take to it, and you won't have any problems in the future.

Colds and Flu's should sort themselves out; we all have them all the time. But, if you notice you're child isn't improving, or the symptoms are in anyway getting worse, do please consult your doctor. If you want other information about other things that you might want to purchase for other flu symptoms such as fever etc why not have a word with your pharmacist who can advise on over-the counter medicines and remedies that you can buy for children of all ages.

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