How do you get your little one’s through a cold? I remember being given a hot water bottle and plenty of drinks. I would snuggle up on the sofa and put on my favourite film.
  • Keep wrapped up, whether this is a comfy dressing gown or favourite hoody.
  • Indulge in comfort food, a nice warm loaf dipped in your favourite flavour of hot soup. This is one of those times were I would let Lucas tuck into as many chips and flapjacks as he wants as long as he gets some food into him.
  • I used to love warmed up fresh orange with a spoonful of honey mixed in, not only is it vitamin C but the honey really soothes a sore throat and cough. For Lucas I make sure he drinks plenty of water and give him a spoonful of honey before bedtime.
  • Lucas loves vapour rub being massaged into his chest and on his back when he has a cold or is chesty. I also rub it onto the bottom of his feet before putting his socks on. Vicks VapoRub is perfect for relieving congestion, sore throats and coughs during colds.
  • Distraction, keep their mind off it. If they are feeling up to it, make a den or keep it quieter with a cinema day. Get a blanket or duvet on the sofa and snuggle up with the curtains closed and their favourite film on.
  • Have a play in the bath, the children can have fun whilst the water and steam decongests them
  • Stock up on soft balm tissues for their nose


Vicks have done some consumer research and found that
• Over half (52%) of parents said that rest was the most important thing for making children feel better
• This was followed by ‘medicine’, which 40% of parents rely on
• More than a third of parents (36%) believe in the power of TLC
And when it comes to keeping children entertained:
• Three out of four (75%) British parents put on the TV or a DVD
• Over a quarter (27%) read to their children
• 1 in 10 parents get really creative; either telling jokes (8%) or even do magic tricks (2%)
Family Psychologist Corinne Sweet highlights that “one of the most powerful antidotes to sickness developing further, is parental care and concern.”
Corinne advises that “listening to a story or watching a film is a good idea, as it is soothing and promotes laughter (an immune booster). But don’t let them play video games, watch scary films or spend hours on screens. This will keep their minds over-stimulated, when their immune systems need gentler stimulation and rest.”
Vicks have come up with some tricks to keep the children entertained, you can check out the #VicksTricks on YouTube

This post is an entry for the #VicksTricks campaign

14 Comments on Tricks to help the children get through a cold

  1. Using medicine is always the last thing we go for in our house. Lots of cuddles and love, unless it’s really needed. We love a good pj day when anyone in our house isn’t 100%

  2. Thanks for this, some great tips, especially the comfort food, definitely works a treat. It’s such a shame • Three out of four (75%) British parents put on the TV or a DVD!!!

  3. We’ve had so many colds this year already! We use the Vicks sweet dreams humidifier at bedtime when the boys are congested and it works wonders x

  4. We just had flu in our house, medicine is the last thing we go for, we diffuse essential oils, take Elderberry syrup, lots of liquids and my youngest slept alot. We stay in and snuggle up and watch movies because if there is ever a time to do that its when everyone has a cold or flu!

  5. Don’t forget vaseline, to rub on noses after you have wiped to stop them getting sore from the constant blowing! #TuesdayTreasures

  6. We have had to use all of these tactics this month. We have had cold upon cold topped off with a cough too. Thank goodness for vicks vapour rub ! Thank for linking up with #TuesdayTreasures

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