Parents lose up to 72 hours of
sleep a year, equivalent to nine night’s sleep, when their children have a
simple snuffle – with mums more than twice as likely as dads to have a disturbed
night, according to a survey of 2,000 UK parents for infant decongestant Olbas
- Use a decongestant, it’s the first thing I reach for and often works long enough for the child to fall asleep. I use a couple of drops of Olbas for Children on a tissue beside their bed or I put the tissue inside their pillow case.
- I also make sure the bedroom is well ventilated, it may be cold but hot stuffy rooms can make them feel so much worse.
- Make sure you give your child plenty of fluid to help keep them from dehydration. Water or juice is best.
- Finally, I raise the head of the bed, I do this by adding a rolled up blanket under the mattress, or sometimes just adding and extra pillow will help. By doing this the airway is kept more open and if the child can breathe easier then they will sleep easier. This is not advisable for a child under one year.