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We had this question submitted via Facebook Messenger from a mum who has asked for advice. If you’ve been through this with your children, we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

We also asked certified Baby & Infant Sleep Consultant Aprilla Quayle from Bubba Bedtime for her advice. Aprilla who has worked with hundreds of babies and exhausted families, providing them with professional support and advice to get their babies’ sleep back on track.

Here are some great tips from Aprilla to ease a child’s congestion and help them relax so that everyone can sleep easier …

Develop a lovely wind-down routine before bedtime is a great way to help your baby calm and relax before sleep time.

Give your child a lovely bath just before bedtime. This helps release melatonin, the sleepy hormone, which will help them sleep for longer and deeper. The steam from the bath will also help ease their congestion.

When congested your little one’s body temperature might fluctuate, so dress them accordingly making sure they are not too hot or too cold.

Having a warm steam vaporiser in bub’s room overnight can really help relieve their congestion. It can also act as a white noise machine helping baby sleep better with the noise putting them into a deeper sleep.

Aprilla Quayle from bubba bedtime with baby on her hip

Aprilla Quayle from Bubba Bedtime is a certified Baby & Infant Sleep Consultant who has worked with hundreds of babies and exhausted families, providing them with professional support and advice to get their babies’ sleep back on track. 

She is extremely passionate about sharing her sleep knowledge and getting baby’s sleep back on track.  Through her science-based, holistic approach she nurtures healthy sleep habits and encourages babies and toddlers to love the sleep they need. Her focus is on personalised solutions that cater to family’s needs and to help them achieve their parenting goals. Incorporating fundamentals, such as, emotional well-being, health, sleep environment, nutrition, sleep associations and parenting styles, which may contribute to sleep disruption before moving onto sleep learning. By changing a few things and having a consistent approach she has seen some great results of a better rested and happier families.

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  • Great question reading the answers provided

  • Vaporiser always helpful for my kids when gets cold and cough.

  • Yes I always put Vicks with socks on the soles of their feet, I only used a steam vaporiser/humifier by my youngest, also used saline nose spray and a snot pump and elevated the bed.

  • I sometimes put vicks on my kids feet at night which seemed to help with the congestion

  • I always use a vapour rub a little on their chest or/and back there are specific children rubs available

  • With all of my four children I always used Vicks on their chests and on the soles of their feet – it certainly seemed to stop all their problems and we all got a good night’s sleep

  • dab a little eucalyptus oil on pillow

  • dab a little eucalyptus oil on his shirt collar or on pillow…

  • I tend to use showers where possible when congestion strikes as that produces more steam and helps clear the blockages;

  • We use a vaporiser at night and also fess for little noses to clear a blocked nose and also the nose frida to remove anything if he has a runny nose. Works a treat!

  • Depending on the age i know garlic can work wonders on the soles of the babies feet. and some camomile tea diluted with water.

  • I always prop my little girls head up with a pillow, I use vicks rub on her back, chest and feet – and also use the Vicks Vaporizer! All these things help so much!

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