Common Cold in Babies

Colds are infections of the mouth, nose and throat. Doctors call these areas the upper respiratory tract. Colds are caused by one of many different viruses. Babies tend to get a lot of colds because their immune systems are still developing and gaining strength and it increases day to day.

Colds spread when someone with a cold sneezes or coughs, unleashing a virus into the air to be inhaled by someone else as it is contagious. It can also be spread through hand-to-hand contact. So always cover your mouth when you cough, and wash your hands after blowing your nose.

What are the affects of Cold in babies?

If your baby has a common cold, you may notice some of the following:

  • fever keep fluctuating specially at night
  • cough and vomit of milk but vomit sometimes is normal.
  • eyes irritation.
  • sore throat of baby
  • stuffy, runny nose most of the time
  • loss of appetite that u can compare with normally baby having.
  • Keep crying because of irritability and restlessness.
  • swollen lymph nodes, which are under his armpits, on his neck and the back of his head

Your baby may be having trouble breathing because of his stuffed nose, that's why feeding will be difficult as of restlessness of baby. We know that babies can't blow their noses, so you'll have to help your baby to clear the mucus or cleaning of nose by comforting him and wiping his nose with a soft tissue or cloth properly sterilized. It usually takes 10-15 days to make you and your baby get rid of cold.

How to treat Cold in case of Baby ?

Cold will go at its own but you can make your baby at ease by lessening baby's discomfort:

  • Make sure your baby gets plenty of rest.
  • Encourage your baby to take extra breast or bottle feeds.
  • Your baby will be too young to blow his own nose. So help him to breathe more easily by wiping his nose for him. You can also dab a little petroleum jelly on to the outside of your baby's nostrils to reduce any irritation.
  • A vapour rub may help your baby to breathe more easily. You can buy one from your pharmacy. Apply it to his chest and back. Don't put it on his nostrils as it could restrict his breathing.
  • Don't give your baby any over-the-counter cough and cold medicines. They should not be given to children under six because of the risk of side-effects.

How to prevent you baby from getting cold?

  • Breastfeeding is one of the best ways to protect your baby's health. It passes your antibodies, chemicals in your blood that fight infections, to your baby. Breastfed babies are better at fending off colds and other infections.
  • Protect your baby by trying to keep him away from anyone with a cough or a cold and be strict in that if they resist then ask them to wash their hands thoroughly before holding your baby or touching his things.
  • Say No to Smoking, if you or your partner smokes, give it up, and avoid taking your baby to areas where people are smoking. Smoking of anyone in baby's vicinity can make baby having more colds and might be longer ones than those who are away from smoking areas.
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