This blog started as letters to my daughter to chronicle our family's hands-on journey to reduce our ecological impact. Through conversations, compost, fabric, and small baby steps, these letters reflect our evolution into something more healthy, local, aware, and community-centered.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
homemade saline solution
My 16-month-old son Liam has been sick with another cold while he cuts four new molars at the same time. Poor guy. We find a children's saline solution in the nose so helpful to dry up mucous and congestion. Hannah used to squirt it into her own nose when she was sick, but this guy doesn't like it one bit. He breathes and sleeps so much better after a little dose. When we recently ran out, I found this simple recipe for homemade solution and put it into our old saline bottle. For adults, I have heard rave reviews about daily washes with the neti pot, though I am sure this saline solution would also work.
Homemade Saline Solution for Children:
Boil one cup water and one teaspoon salt in a pan for 10 minutes.
Cool it and then put into a dropper or small dispenser.
Put a few drops into child's nose while they lay on their back, then suction out mucous.