It is at all times heartbreaking to see your child suffer from his or her first cold. Your little one will be uncomfortable, have trouble feeding or even experience difficulty in breathing. However, it is a safe and clear bet that your child is going to get a cold six to twelve times a year. That is why is called a common cold, it is not a deadly illness, but it will mean using a lot of tissues and having long stressing nights for your baby.
What causes baby colds?
This illness is an infection of the respiratory tracts which consists of the nose, mouth, and throat. Little ones tend to be more vulnerable to colds since their immune system is still developing; therefore, they do not have an active immune system as compared to an average adult. Colds spread from one person to another through various ways, and this includes: when a cold victim coughs or sneezes, they release the virus into the air which is inhaled by someone who doesn’t have the illness. Colds can also be spread through hand to hand contact. So make sure always to close your mouth when you cough and wash your baby’s hands after getting in touch with an infected person.
What are the symptoms of a cold in a baby?
If your child has a common cold, you will notice some of the following symptoms.
1. A congested or at times a running nose.
2. Clear nasal discharge that may thicken and turn green or yellow after some time.
3. Your child may have a fever.
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4. Sneezing and coughing.
5. Your baby may have trouble taking a bottle or nursing due to the nasal congestion.
How do common colds affect kids?
It is important to have a little knowledge on how a cold can affect your child so as to stay cautious and be able to know how to react to the situation. Your child may experience some difficulty in breathing because of the nasal congestion; therefore, feeding may be difficult. It is well known that babies cannot blow their nose, so you will have to help him or her clear the nose. Your child may also experience some difficulty in sleeping due to breathing difficulty.
What to do when your baby has a cold?
Any parent will want to do anything in their ability to try and make their little one feel better. However, over-the-counter medications are not safe for children. The following is a list of things you can do to make your child feel better.
- Keep your baby hydrated.
Kids at times don’t feel like eating when they are under the weather, but you should still support and encourage your little one to take a bottle or nurse as frequent as possible. If he or she does not drink milk, ask your doctor if it is okay to give your baby an electrolyte solution. Feed your child in an upright position so as to help ease congestion and avert mucus from running down his or her throat while trying to drink.
- Encourage rest.
When sick, your baby tends to need more sleep, but all these irritating symptoms can make a simple snooze strenuous. For a not free child, raising his or her head of the crib can help the baby get some rest.
- Keep an eye on warning signs.
If your child’s condition is getting worse, it may be time to visit your pediatrician. However, for three months infants, any fever above 100.4°F is something you need to see a doctor for immediately.
- Clean out the mucus off the baby’s nose.
Children breathe through their nose for the first six months. Therefore, congestion can hit the child hard. Therefore, it is important to assist your child to get rid of the mucus from his or her nose efficiently and delicately.
- Help your child to cough it out.
To help your baby out take the child into the bathroom and turn the shower on to make the air steamy and hot. This process will help loosen the mucus in your baby’s throat and result in a more productive cough.
Cold and cough is not a serious illness for it lasts for around ten to fourteen days. However, if symptoms persist, visit your nearest pediatrician to seek medical advice and treatment routines.