Tuesday, December 12

How To Treat Your Baby's Cold

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Your baby suffers from a cold as  well as you yourself suffer from it; what you have to do is to keep your child as comfortable as he should be and keep the infection from worsening. The child must get enough liquids and rest. If he is under four months, you should breastfeed him or give him formula as often as possible. However older babies can take little water and juices during a cold.

Use saline solution to decongest the nostril, then use rubber syringe to suction out the mucus with saline water. This should be done at least 15 minutes before feeding the baby, since the baby cannot feed well with a congested nostril. You can use petroleum for reducing irritation on the outside of the baby’s nostrils.

You can also sit in the steamy bathroom with your baby, you can use a humidifier and cool mist vaporizer to increase moisture in the baby’s bedroom because this also helps in relieving some pain for the baby. Before putting him to bed, make sure that you gave him a warm bath to soothe the cold. Let him sleep a little inclined to let go of postnasal drip during a cold. However, you do not have to add different pillows to achieve inclining positions since you may risk suffocating the child. Use towels between the mattress and the crib. Alternatively, you can use his car seat to let him sleep in upright position.

Make sure that you contacted the pediatrician if you see any sign of cold especially if your baby is under three months of age. The first signs of cold are a high fever and a cough. The pediatrician will be able to assess the child and advice you on what you should do. However, if  the cold symptoms do not subside in five to seven days or become worse instead, like worsening of cough, wheezing and gasping; you should take him to the doctor as soon as possible since it may be pneumonia, RSV or respiratory suncytial virus.

Since the child cannot talk for himself, you are the one to make sure that he is as comfortable as he should be. To be on the safe side, you must not buy over the counter medicines for your baby. Take him to see a doctor and exclude any other possible causes of fever and cough, before giving him the medicine for cold. 

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