20 Must-Have Cold & Flu Season Products for Kids

Mandy Velez | Oct 7, 2019 Baby
20 Must-Have Cold & Flu Season Products for Kids
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Cold and flu season is creeping upon all of us. Maybe that's what Jon Snow from Game of Thrones meant when he said "Winter is coming." OK, not exactly, but that's probably what moms are thinking. It is fun to embrace fall, sure. There's Halloween, pumpkin-spiced everything, cozy sweaters, and bonfires. But with the crisp, colorful leaves come the cold air and sneezes, coughs, and fevers. And once one child has it, it tends to get around quickly. This is why prevention is vital. Flu shots are available from doctors and pharmacies, and there's a bunch of natural remedies to help with symptoms. But there's no way to always be able to prevent it.

It's important for parents to be prepared. To make sure medicine cabinets are appropriately stocked, we found some of the most useful children's cold and flu products out there. Because we can never have nice things, colds can manifest a bunch of ways. It can give kids (and babies) runny noses, stuffy noses, coughs, and sore throats. Some of the products we found cater to specific symptoms, while others tackle them all at once. There's not just medicine either, though that's important -- and it's also important to check with the family doctor before giving kiddos any kind of medication. We tried to think of the things parents may need that they wouldn't normally have as stocked. That includes things like straws, cough lollipops, fever rags, and aloe tissues. If some of these are used for when the big kids (ahem, adults) in the house get sick, if they get sick, we won't tell. Here's to getting through flu season as seamlessly as possible. 

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  • Maty's Baby Chest Rub


    Colds can cause stuffy noses or coughing. This particular rub from Maty's is made with petroleum, menthol, and hydrogenated oil to help with breathing in a safe way.

    Maty's Chest Rub ($5, Amazon)

  • Mucinex Children's Multi-Symptom Day/Night Liquid


    Speaking of stuffy noses, Mucinex is a good thing to have in the medicine cabinet for both kids and adults, but this children's version comes with double-duty liquids. One helps cold symptoms for the daytime and another for at night. Because colds don't care what time it is.

    Mucinex Children's Multi-Symptom Day/Night Liquid ($23, Amazon)

  • Digital Thermometer


    Thermometers are a must. They can be a good indicator of how a kid is feeling when LO might not be able to communicate it. This high-tech one can get the numbers instantaneously.

    Caroune Forehead and Ear Digital Thermometer ($26, Amazon)

  • Nature's Jeannie All Natural Sore Throat Remedy for Kids


    There's nothing worse than waking up with a sore throat. Having throat spray handy can help let everyone get some more sleep (both mom and kid.) At least until the doctor visit.

    Nature's Jeannie All Natural Sore Throat Remedy for Kids ($11, Amazon)

  • Saline & Aloe Nose Wipes


    Runny noses mean lots of tissues. For some reason, kids tend to you one whole tissue per nose wipe, which can result in lots of tissues wasted and a sore nose and lip. Avoid that with soothing aloe nose wipes like these.

    Better Co. Saline and Aloe Nose Wipes ($10, Amazon)

  • Reusable Straws


    Whether a child has the flu, sniffles, or sore throat, having the energy or pain tolerance to drink normally can be tough. Straws can make it easy to swallow and even drink while laying down.  

    Reusable Silicone Straws ($7, Amazon)

  • Medicine Spoon


    It's hard to give babies and toddlers medicine as is, let alone in a regular spoon that'll spill. But if it's in one of these easy-to-measure ones, life will be a whole lot less messy.

    Baby King Baby Medicine Spoon ($6, Amazon)

  • Baby Nasal Aspirator


    Blowing noses isn't always easy with little ones. Suck out their congestion as much as possible with a nasal aspirator. 

    Baby Nasal Aspirator ($20, Amazon)

  • Motrin Infant Drops


    Motrin is the super hero of the pain medicines, especially for kids. These infant drops make administering the drops quick and easy for relief. 

    Motrin Infant Drops ($9, Target)

  • Humidifier


    Soothe coughs and help decongest stuffy chests and noses with a cool mist humidifier. This one can last for up to 24 hours and has two rotating outlets to help cover the whole room efficiently.

    360° Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier ($30, Safety 1st)

  • Vicks Children's Cold Multi-Symptom Day Relief Liquid


    Vicks is expanding on its Vapor Rub cold remedy success with its line of cold medicine. This multi-symptom relief one is made especially for kids.

    Vicks Children's Cold Multi-Symptom Day Relief Liquid ($9, Target)

  • Hyland Hyland's Complete Cold 'n Flu 4Kids


    Another over-the-counter method to kick kids' colds, or simply relieve their symptoms, is Hyland's Cold n' Flu for kids. This homeopathic formula says it "temporary relieves the symptoms of the common cold and flu including body aches and headaches, cough and congestion, fever, chills, and sore throat."

    Hyland's Complete Cold 'n Flu 4Kids ($5, Swanson Vitamins)

  • Dimetapp Children's Multi-Symptom Cold & Flu


    Dimetapp is a highly praised cold and flu medication for kids. It's alcohol-free and covers most cold symptoms including stuffy nose, runny nose, sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, cough, fever, headaches, or body aches.

    Dimetapp Children's Multi-Symptom Cold & Flu ($8, Walmart)

  • Vicks BabyRub Chest Rub Soothing Ointment


    OK, so we couldn't miss having Vicks "baby rub" on the list. The regular version has been a remedy for cold relief for many years, but the company finally made a version for babies aged 3 months and older.

    Vicks BabyRub Chest Rub Soothing Ointment ($6, Target)

  • The Honest Company Organic Breathe Easy Rub


    Of course, there are other rubs out there, including this hypoallergenic one from the Honest Company. It is made with the "soothing scents of essential oils to help support clear breathing for a good night's sleep."

    The Honest Company Organic Breathe Easy Rub ($12, Instacart

  • Fridababy FeverFrida Cool Pads


    Parents know when their kids are burning up, whether by a thermometer or back-of-hand touch. Cooling pads like these from Fridababy can provide relief to a feverish body fighting off infection.

    Fridababy FeverFrida Cool Pads ($7, Target)

  • Halls Kids Cough & Sore Throat Pops


    Coughs and sore throats can often preceded or outlast the actual "cold" or "flu" part of a child being sick. Good thing Halls has menthol medication disguised as candy for them. Win-win.

    Halls Kids Cough & Sore Throat Pops ($5, Target)

  • Johnson's Soothing Vapor Bath


    Sick babies take baths, too. Make it count with a body wash from Johnson's that doubles as a stuffy nose clearer. It's made especially, and safely, for them.

    Johnson's Soothing Vapor Bath ($5, Target)

  • Kleenex Go Packs 3-Ply Facial Tissues


    Tissue boxes work well at home, but they're hard to carry on-the-go. Stock up on travel tissues to be ready for sneezes and runny noses in the car or at the doctor.

    Kleenex Go Packs 3-Ply Facial Tissues ($2, Boxed)

  • Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer Wipes


    And the one thing we can't avoid about colds are the germs. Minimize the fam's exposure to germs as much as possible by sanitizing everyone's hands frequently.

    Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer Wipes ($8, Grove)

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