8 Tips To Help Your Sick Child Sleep Through The Night
Trying to sleep when you don’t feel well can be tough. If you’re feeling congested, it can leave you worn out, bunged up, and unable to sleep; and this can be particularly tough for little ones, as their tiny nostrils feel the effects of a blocked nose and sinus pressure even more than adults.
So how can you comfort them, and ease their symptoms for a restful night’s slumber? We’ve got 8 top tips to help your child get to sleep when they’re feeling under the weather.
1. Elevate the pillow.
Lying too flat when you have a cold can leave your head feeling like a pressure chamber. So raise your child’s head with an extra pillow, or folded towel. This position helps alleviate sinus pressure, and reduces blood flow to the head, so the nasal passages will be less inflamed, letting your little one breathe better.
2. Plenty of liquids
Some children don’t feel like drinking when they're not well. After all, it can be a strange sensation when your nose is blocked up! But it’s important to stay hydrated. Colds can include runny noses and sweating, so it’s important to replace fluids. Plus having plenty of water helps to clear congestion.
3. A warm bath before bedtime
A warm bath is always wonderfully comforting, and can be part of a great bedtime routine. But it’s particularly important when your child has a cold, as the warm water helps their muscles relax. Plus the steam from the bath moistens the airways and can help to break up congestion, allowing the sinus pressure to drain.
4. A cuddle and a bedtime story
When children have a cold, they can find it harder to settle down. So it’s particularly important to take the time for a cuddle and a bedtime story to help them wind down gently, and to distract them from the discomfort of a blocked nose. So sit back, break out their favourite story, and enjoy the bedtime cuddles (as if you needed an excuse!)
5. Use a room thermometer
The ideal temperature for bedrooms is between 16 – 20°C. Being too hot or too cold can cause restlessness, so keep their room cool (but not cold) for the best night’s sleep.
6. Use breathable cotton pyjamas
One of the horrible things about being ill is the feeling of sweatiness when you try to sleep, so make sure your child has pyjamas in a natural breathable fabric such as cotton. This can help regulate their body temperature, so they can sleep better.
7. Use a humidifier in the bedroom
Humidifiers add moisture to the air, making it easier to breathe by soothing tickly throats and congestion. By moisturising the nose and throat, humidity makes it easier for air to pass through smoothly. Just make sure you clean it regularly, so it can perform properly.
8. Use a Colief Breathe Easy Patch
The Colief® Breathe Easy Patch is great for bedtime. Each single-use patch contains a unique formulation of natural essential oils, and can be attached onto clothing or bedding, to ease breathing and promote restful sleep. Eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary and lemon oils have an anti-inflammatory effect on the airways, relieving blocked or runny noses; while also reducing discomfort with naturally anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties (and a lovely fragrance).
As each patch lasts up to eight hours, the unique blend of natural oils and comforting fragrance can help soothe symptoms over night. The Colief® Breathe Easy Patch is suitable for children aged three years and over, and comes in a pack of six individually wrapped self-adhesive patches.
To find out more about the Colief® Breathe Easy Patch, go to colief.ie
This article is kindly sponsored by Colief, to help your little one (and the whole family) get a more restful night's sleep.
Please note: This article is meant for information purposes only, and should not replace the advice of a medical professional. If your child's symptoms continue or worsen, consult your doctor immediately.