5 Tips for Managing a Summer Cold

We’ve all been there. Summer is in full swing and everyone is having a great time. That is until someone sneezes. You find yourself hoping for hay fever but in reality, the summer cold has struck. Before you know it your holidays are full of snot and a fever.

Invariably one of mine always ends up with a summer cold, so here are my top 5 tips for managing a summer cold for toddlers and pre-schoolers.


Prevention is always better than a cure, and vitamin C can really help. Of course, it cannot stop a cold, but it can help boost the immune system and help manage some of the symptoms.


Little ones will find it hard to regulate their own body temperature. Therefore, it’s a good idea to dress them in layers that can be easily added to or taken off depending on whether they are hot or cold.

The same for overnight in bed. It is better to have a number of layers you can add to or take away from if needs be, rather than a single thick quilt. That way you can check on them during the night and adjust things accordingly.


One of the worst things about a summer cold is the cough that sometimes comes with it. You finally get them to sleep but before long they are up again due to a persistent cough that seems to never go away. This is where a humidifier can help. What a humidifier does is increased the moisture in a room, making it comfortable enough to help alleviate the symptoms of a cough.


Another thing a cold can do is block the nose. This is a solution I’m sure everyone can remember from their childhood. Rubbing a method rub onto the chest, back and feet can help dramatically to open airways and help kids get a better night’s sleep.


Finally, we have the most required item on the list according to toddlers. Sometimes, the only thing that will make them feel better, is a dose of Calpol and some cuddles. Embrace it by putting on your favourite films and curling up for some serious snuggles on the sofa. They’re little for such a short time, but while they are, some cuddles while they’re poorly really can be the best medicine.

There we have it, my top 5 tips for managing a summer cold for your toddlers and pre-schoolers. Is there anything that you would add to the list?

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  1. Summer colds are the absolute worst but I completely agree with your tips – especially the menthol on feet! I can’t believe I didn’t know about that being a thing until a few years ago!

  2. great tips! especially vitamin C!!

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