Bryonia, or Bryony, is a yellow flowering plant, which has been used medicinally to bring relief of coughs since ancient times. Nelson’s Sootha is free from artificial colours and flavours and does not cause drowsiness. Suitable for children aged 12 months onwards, it costs €7.25 from pharmacies and health stores; www.nelsonsnaturalworld.com.
* BABY MASSAGE: Massage benefits your baby in many ways, including soothing colic and boosting their immune system. A Step by Step Guide to Baby Massage, written by massage therapist, Kate Whitehouse, that costs €3, is proving popular with mums at Nature7.ie. The website also recommends Natalia organic baby massage balm, which contains organic sunflower and vitamin E, and costs €5 for 50ml. See www.nature7.ie.
* HOLY COMMUNION: Early shopping for first holy communions has become the norm for Irish families and Debenhams’ communion occasion-wear is now available in-store and online, with dresses from €113 and John Rocha suits starting at €99. A survey by Ulster Bank shows that the average spend on an outfit last year was €179, and that the average spend on the day has fallen by 25%.
You can avail of Debenhams free personal shopper service to find outfits for all the family for special occasions. For more details, drop into your local store or use the new online booking service at www.debenhams.ie.
* WELLY GOOD: Wellies don’t come much prettier than these corsage welly boots from M&S. Perfect for little girls on wet spring days, available in sizes four to 13, €15 to €18; www.marksandspencer.ie.