How to Treat Your Baby’s Cold


As parents concerned, how do you treat your baby’s cold?

Take note that your baby’s cold will go away on its own. However, there are things which you could do in order to alleviate his discomfort.

  • Encourage him to take extra breast or even bottle feeds. If your infant is fed on solids or formula-fed, then he could have water also. Doing this would make him hydrated as well as bring down his fever—if ever he is experiencing one.
  • Be sure that your child is very well rested.
  • A vapor rub can aid your child for him to breathe more easily. You could purchase one from pharmacies. Never apply it on his nostrils as this can hamper his breathe; just apply it to his back and chest.
  • Take note that your baby may be very young to blow his own nose. Thus, for you to make him breathe more easily, you can wipe his nose for him. You could even dab a small amount of petroleum jelly outside the nostrils of your baby to help minimize the irritation.
  • If your little one is having difficulty feeding due to runny nose, nasal saline drops might aid in unblocking his nose. You could buy those from drugstores. Fifteen minutes prior to feeding, apply the drops to each of his nostril.
  • Breathing in steam can also help in reducing his cough and loosening your child’s blocked airways. Try to sit inside a steamy bathroom with a shower on for just a few minutes, whilst holding your baby. However, never ever place your child extremely close to the steamy and hot water, as doing so could actually blister him. Then change him into some dry clothing after that.
  • Infant ibuprofen or infant aspirin could aid in relieving fever. Always ask your doctor if you’re not certain regarding the proper dose to give your child.
  • If your child has stuffy nose but you noticed that there are no other symptoms, try checking that he does not have anything stuck in his nose. Remember that even young kids are also capable of placing things up there.

In general, when your baby has a cold, don’t ever dare to give your child any over-the-counter cold and cough medications. They must not be given to babies under 6 years old because of the hazards of its side-effects. It’s always try to be safe than sorry.

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