No matter what we do to keep our babies as germ-free as possible during flu season, from sanitizing everything in sight to getting everybody vaccinated, sometimes our little ones get sick. And unfortunately, when babies get the flu, there's no magic way to make them better; while certain infections can be cured with antibiotics, the flu is caused by a virus. The anti-viral medication Tamiflu (which helps to shorten the duration and decrease severity of symptoms) has been approved for infants as young as two weeks old, but are there any natural flu remedies for babies that work?
That's not to say, of course, that you shouldn't give your baby Tamiflu if your pediatrician recommends it (by all means, you do you!), but some parents prefer a more natural approach, and even with the meds, your child might still be feeling pretty awful a lot of the time. Luckily, there are some ways to help relieve some of her misery until that nasty bug is gone for good. Many of these tips are probably methods your grandmother (and her grandmother) relied on to get through those brutal winter months, but there's a reason why they've been used for generations... they work! As for the more "alternative" suggestions on our list, always make sure to check with your pediatrician before trying anything new. While these treatments are widely considered to be safe, you can never, ever be too careful when it comes to your baby's health.
Here's hoping you don't have to put any of these flu-fighters to the test this year — but if you do, fingers crossed that these natural flu remedies for babies will help.